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La Choza

Hola! Bringing Mexico to Brighton

La Choza was born in 2012, a small but perfectly formed vibrant pink Mexican street food eatery on a tucked-away corner of Gloucester Road in Brighton’s North Laine. The lively creation of lifelong foodies and friends Aoife Sweeney and Annie Gelpey who shared a passion for all things Mexican from Frieda Kahlo to tequila. On a mission to bring the authentic taste of Mexico to their seaside hometown, they made frequent inspiring tasting tours to Mexico where the duo roamed markets, ate at street stalls, and shared meals with locals. They brought the best recipes home with them and created a menu of outstanding and, most importantly, authentic Mexican delights.

La Choza soon became an integral part of the outstanding Brighton food scene attracting locals of all ages and streams of tourists who formed an almost constant queue around the block. Banging reviews, top awards, and grateful testimonials soon followed. The venue is decorated with funky folk art, neon lights, graffiti, sugar skulls, and vivid flowers and are staffed by a friendly, dedicated team who keep the place buzzing but it’s the food and drink that makes La Choza Brighton’s tastiest restaurant.


Food & Drink

Fast Food, Slow Cooked

La Choza presents a gloriously delicious and affordable menu of authentic Mexican street food dishes all made with time and love.
We research, experiment and continually taste our dishes putting so much energy and skills into their creation that every mouthful is a delicious journey through flavour.

Mexican cuisine starts with the chillis and we love them – no surprises there as they are proven to kick everyone’s endorphins into touch. We import them from Mexico and use a huge variety throughout our menu including the earthy ancho, liquoricey pasilla, aubergine-coloured guajillo, classic Arbol, crinkly moritas, the triple-X hot habanero and many more.

Our house salsas, all homemade, range from mild to super fiery and include classics like Pico de Gallo and the more unusual Mexicana made with roasted tomatoes, two types of chilli and herbs, the almond-based Pipian from southern Mexico and the off-the-hook Naga for those who want a proper kick.

Our meats are slow-cooked, the Mexican way – that means marinating in chilli and spices and then cooking for up to 12 hours to bring out all the deep, delicious flavours.
Situated by the sea, we are lucky enough to have the freshest of fish – we marinate it in lime juice for the cerviche and fry it up to make it crispy for tacos and burritos.

There’s a cornucopia of other Mexican ingredients – blue corn, queso fresco, cactus, anchiote, tomatillos, escabeche – giving our menu the authenticity we strive for. We want dining at La Choza to transport you and your taste buds to the streets of Mexico.

Diners choose their base from crisp tostada to soft burrito, pick a traditionally prepared filling from homemade chorizo to roasted sweet potato and finally take their pick of the fresh salsas. The board of outstanding specials uses local and seasonal ingredients for more temptation.

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Vegetarian, vegan, dairy intolerant or any other dietary requirements are expertly satisfied too and there’s a kids menu for the little ones.

La Choza’s variety of drinks is infamous from the sublime hibiscus Margheritas, top-shelf tequilas and Mezcals to cold Mexican beers or smooth hot chocolates with a chilli twist. Our wine list sports wines from Mexico (they took some finding) and Spain, all chosen to complement Mexican food. Plus there’s a unique cocktail menu where old favourites are given an inventive La Choza twist – Chilli Vanilli or Mocha Margarita anyone?

La Choza looks forward to feeding you soon.
‘Barriga llena, corazón content’ – full stomach, happy heart.

Live on BBC2!

Britain’s Top Takeaways

La Choza was on tv! We were part of the live show of BBC2’s “Britains Top Takeaways”, which aired on the 17th of May 2022. It was an exciting and fun-packed day!

BBC2 Britains Top Takeaways
BBC2 Britains Top Takeaways
BBC2 Britains Top Takeaways
BBC2 Britains Top Takeaways


Whats the Media writing?

La Choza serves up some of the best Mexican food in Brighton. The food is high quality and owners Aoife and Annie often visit Mexico to try the latest and the best Mexican food.

The Culture Trip

La Choza is Brighton’s go-to venue for first-rate burritos, quesadillas and tacos.

The Guardian

The emphasis at La Choza is on simple dishes, brilliantly cooked.

The Argus

Great food, incredible value, big portions, jolly atmosphere, plus margaritas – what’s not to like?

Brighton Source

…a wonderful fusion of Mexican street cuisine with a side of British character, and people have come in droves to experience it. The support La Choza has received has propelled it to “fan favourite” status, and this exceeds far past the queues of customers or the surrounding bevy of bars, brasseries, and restaurants…

Hot Rum Cow

The clientele in La Choza were equal to the decor: ‘colourful, young, happy and noisy.

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Here, in this tiny Brighton backstreet, there’s true Mexican magic. No fuss or hoo-ha or expensive PR. Just the taste of a food I worship and adore. Viva La Choza. Viva Brighton.

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Tom Parker Bowles

I can’t recommend this place enough, its great quality authentic Mexican street food which is amazing value for money. Service is great and fast, and you can take-away too, perfect if your office is around the corner! Oh, I do love Brighton.

Hana Terri

Our customer comments

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Giota ΚGiota Κ
20:55 14 Oct 23
Marina DavidsonMarina Davidson
20:34 13 Oct 23
Yasmina AydemirYasmina Aydemir
14:43 09 Oct 23
I got a burrito and tortillas. It was a really tasteless burrito, not seasoned or saucy enough, 80% rice.The sauce that came with the tortillas was so little and again, not that flavorful. Nice area and fast service at least.
natalie woodfordnatalie woodford
19:36 07 Oct 23
It’s a shame- the starter was pretty good, the main was totally average- fish tacos with little flavoring and barely any texture. The service however left a lot to be desired. Initially I put it down to being busy but actually the female waiting staff were plain rude, from slamming down cutlery to basically speaking to us as though they were doing us a favour. It’s not hard to smile and be polite- adding a service charge of ten percent was a bit of a joke really. We removed it, and won’t be back.
Neal GroutNeal Grout
17:46 07 Oct 23
The waitress was quite rude, dumping our food on the table without saying anything or making eye contact. We had to ask another waiter to bring cutlery. Very poor service.
Constance Olivia RoseConstance Olivia Rose
19:45 20 Sep 23
Literally the worst Mexican and deliveroo I’ve ever had. £32 - for 3 things. Calamari - turned up cold and squidgy. Fish burrito bowl - nothing to it, was cold, microwave rice with cheese and sour cream no flavour at all and tiny portion! Vegan nachos were quite nice though.
Francisco AguirreFrancisco Aguirre
13:34 12 Aug 23
We were looking forward to try La Choza since we had already been to all the other Mexican restaurants in Brighton. Little we knew, a big disappointment was expecting us.We had the pork chicharrones - the star, tasty maybe missing some sauce on the side -, birria - it was decent, the type of cheese in the quesabirria was a good choice -, and the Aguachile - this was the deal breaker... the presentation was great, but it was missing the key ingredient...lime juice, the whole base of the aguachile is the lime. I wonder if they have ever tried it or if they just followed some recipe they found - Imagine eating plain raw shrimp without lime... I asked for some limes to try to fix it... they were dryer than my heart...It is a real shame. It will be a while for us to take the risk again.
Lena SchrieblLena Schriebl
14:16 05 Aug 23
Very good mexican food! Many choices so everyone will find something to eat. The service was very nice and we didn't wait long. We would come to eat again!
Lucia HastingsLucia Hastings
06:22 25 Jul 23
I can't recommend La Choza enough if you're looking for delicious, authentic Mexican food. The food is fresh and full of flavour. The atmosphere is fun and family friendly. The staff are bubbly and you're guaranteed to have a good time. Great vegan options and lots of delicious options for meat lovers as well. As well as great food, they do delicious margaritas as well and have a very decent selection of beers and wines.
Ilke KartalIlke Kartal
18:47 06 Jul 23
I really really wanted to enjoy this place. I’ve only heard good things from people who’ve been. Lovely atmosphere and the interior design is beautiful. There’s plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. Service is okay and doesn’t take too long but the portions are tiny. Nachos were cold with barely any toppings, maybe a tablespoon of beans at most. The cheese had also hardened. It was quite cold. I told my server that I don’t eat meat and ordered my vegan burrito bowl. I was served a beef quesadilla instead. Luckily, I knew right away it was the wrong dish. My partner was brought the wrong dish and they didn’t correct it. If they ask if you want avocado, share one because they charge you around £4 each for it. We weren’t told this. We spent £61 in total for 2 mains, 1 starter and 2 alcoholic drinks. The drinks were tiny and mostly ice. Our mains were not filling or satisfying at all. It’s sad, I really wanted to like this place. It must’ve gone downhill in recent years. I think it’s overpriced for the quality and service of food. Otherwise the prices are decent. I think I could be convinced to give them another chance.
Ajit BhaskarAjit Bhaskar
06:20 05 Jun 23
One of the best places to have food from Mexico in Brighton. Every single thing, the chips and dip, the quesedillas, tacos was fresh, flavourful and the portions are just right. Good margheritas too. The decor is great and gives a lively cantina vibe. Had a lovely time!
16:56 02 Apr 23
The service wasn’t so good. The waiter was clearly bored, not helpful, couldn’t answer questions about the menu and didn’t know what taco El Pastor is. The food was over britishized, i.e., soaking in fat. Quesadilla was supposed to have sour cream, but I guess they run out of it. Also, run out of churros. I think a lot of items on the menu are not made there. It takes 5 minutes to make fresh, crunchy, and delicious churros unless you serve them from a frozen pack. Disappointing.
Dominic DaviesDominic Davies
17:17 14 Dec 22
Probably the best Mexican in Brighton. Nice Xmas special menu and authentic ingredients served in the environment of garish and traditional decor.
Tamryn SchwegmannTamryn Schwegmann
14:03 06 Aug 22
A great Mexican restaurant in the lanes! A must for a lunchtime stop in between your shopping. If you are wanting to sit outside I would recommend booking a table. The food was exceptional and the margaritas were on point 👌🏼


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