Silo | The Zero Waste restaurant | Brighton

Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant Brighton

Brighton has to be the place to be if you have sustainability in mind. I’m not sure which of Silo or that trend came first, but I sense there’s a bit of a chicken and egg sort of thing going on there. Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonEven from the outside, you can see the “no-waste” concept runs deep. It shows in the uneven wooden facade and the repurposed metal bins turned planters. In the display menu and the rugged, rustic feel of the whole thing. Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonOnce you pass the door, it is everywhere: not just on your plate, but also in the material chosen, in the art, in the loyalty system, even in the loos. A concept pushed to its very limits.Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonThe waste-avoiding initiatives at Silo are varied and (almost) exaustive. But the most impressive of them has to be the massive recycler-composter standing in the corridor.Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonThe dining room also had that rugged feeling about it. Mainly places have tried (and failed) to create just that atmosphere. But here, the rustic-hipster style is very much in alignment with the concept. It has been push to the very smallest of details and it just works.Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonThe menu is predictably short and cooked from whatever seasonal ingredients had been delivered that day by Silo’s carefully chosen local suppliers. Not food-milage to see there. The team still manages to keep things interesting by focusing on classics with a bit of a twist, which happen to be my favourite kind of dish. Unsurprisingly, I wanted to try everything.Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonFrom the drinks menu, we got pretty much everything that seemed even remotely interesting. My favourite was definitely the Gin & Earl Grey cocktail with cracked black pepper (not only did it look pretty, but I really enjoyed the spiciness of the pepper against the acidity of the cocktail), but the Kombucha iced tea truly is worth a try as well (it’s both subtle and fresh, which makes it a winner in my book). Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonWe ordered two of the three starters available that day. The Beetroot & Fennel Soup was absolutely delicious as the earthiness from the beetroot perfectly balanced the anis-seed flavour of the fennel. I don’t usually like beetroot that much, but this was a cracking dish! The accompanying homemade Sourdough Bread was so good I’m not even sure there is words to describe it. I’ll just tell you that: it’s basically what foodie dreams are made of. And I’m French, trust me, when it comes to bread, I know what I’m talking about!Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonThe other starter, Asparagus with slow poached egg yolk and Silo butter, was a very safe bet as it’s pretty much one of my favourite ingredient combination. The addition of garlic flower and a generous sprinkle of linen seeds was an interesting one as it brought strong flavours as well as crunch to what could have easily been too simple a dish otherwise.
Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonThe “Plant” dish was Cauliflower steak with lentil salad and caramelised red onion. I loved the dressing of the lentil salad, which was very mustardy and punchy. Altogether, the flavour profile of this dish was interesting but the textural aspect of it was a bit less successful due to too many crucnhy elements. Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonThe “Dairy” dish was this stunning Beetroot risotto with fresh curd. On paper, it was the least likely to appeal to me as the two main components (beetroot and cheese) are things I don’t enjoy eating, but it was truly brilliant. I think it’s once again the garlic flowers that made that dish for me as their pungent flavour balanced the earthy sweetness of the beetroot perfectly.Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonWhen we came in, they had run out of beef shortribs and were serving Pork Belly instead. The “Meat” dish was good and well executed, with tender meat and celeriac pieces, smooth puree and melty leaves but didn’t have any kind of unperishable impact on me. Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonMackerel is such a pretty fish, and that was no exception! I especially enjoyed the crunchy raw cauliflower & quinoa salad, which had a very interesting texture, as well as the addition of sea vegetable which re-inforced the saline flavour of the dish.Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonBy the end of the meal, we were pretty full, so we settled on sharing just one pudding between all of us. We went for hat might have seemed like the simplest of the three available options, but strawberry & lemon curd are things I simply can’t resist. Unsurprinsingly, they were the two elements on that plate I enjoyed most, the tanginess of the curd enhancing the sweet, yet still subtle flavours of the season’s first English strawberries. The cocoa nibs brought an interesting element of texture, but I’m not sure it was the case for the chantilly or the pine oil. 
Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant Brighton

They say the devil is in the details, and it most definitely is true when it comes to sustainability. Silo went very deep into this whole detail business and what they built is very inspiring indeed. It delivers resourceful cooking and I defy anyone not to be impressed with the level of service and dedication each member of staff brings to the cause.

Where: 39 Upper Gardner Street, North Laine, Brighton BN1 4AN
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6 Comment

  1. MissLilly says:

    looks quite authentic and delicious!

    1. It really really was! A must-visit when in Brighton, it’s so representative of the atmosphere there too!
      Sandra x

  2. Amy M says:

    What a place!
    It’s not often you find a place that commits to no wastage so successfully.
    Bravo to the owners! xo

    1. Couldn’t agree more! (plus the food was 👌!). Definitely worth a visit if you’re ever around!
      Sandra x

  3. This place looks amazing, such a great concept and the food still looks so good. If I’m ever in Brighton I’ll definitely have it on my list of places to check out!

    Emma x
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    1. And so you should Emma! It truly is a wonderful place (and definitely worth a visit for the bathroom tap only. I’m not sure how it works exactly, but you don’t need soap at all!).
      Hope you get a chance to visit, would love to hear your thoughts!
      Sandra x

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