RESTAURANTS have been missed greatly during lockdown.

There are few places where this is truer than in Brighton and Hove, where each street seems to hide a new and unique eatery.

From a enjoying a cosy first date to celebrating a birthday with a huge slap-up meal, restaurants mean something slightly different to each person.

And everyone has been counting down the days until they can return to their favourite place.

From Monday, eating out is officially back on the menu and to celebrate, we asked Argus readers which restaurant they could not wait to return to.

Here is what you said:

1. The Chilli Pickle, Jubilee Street, Brighton

The Chilli Pickle in Jubilee Square, Brighton, opened in 2008 serving street food-inspired dishes, from samosa to biryani.

The restaurant was the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Dawn and Alun Sperring.

It has from strength to strength since expanding into its current premises, growing in reputation both nationally as well as locally and it has won numerous awards.

2. The Ginger Man, Norfolk Square, Brighton

The Gingerman is the flagship restaurant of The Gingerman Group.

Since 1998, the restaurant has maintained its philosophy to create uncomplicated, full-flavoured food made from the freshest, highest quality seasonal produce.

Delicious dishes range from slow-roasted pork belly, roast duck and vegetarian options including Ricotta Gnudi.

3. Pinocchio, New Road, Brighton

An authentic Italian restaurant ideally located in the North Laines serving comforting Italian cuisine.

Famous for its delicious, fresh food and friendly atmosphere, Pinocchio is still a firm favourite and it claims to be the oldest Italian in Brighton.

4. Flint House, Hanningtons Lane, Brighton

A modern restaurant and bar by Gingerman Restaurant Group’s Ben and Pamela McKellar.

Located in the heart of the famous Brighton Lanes, The Flint House offers counter-level dining, small plates with beautiful wines by the glass, a glamorous first-floor cocktail bar and rooftop terrace.

5. The Ginger Pig, Hove Street, Hove

The Ginger Pig in Hove has established itself as one of the city’s go-to pub and dining venues and it has previously been listed as one of the top ten pubs in the UK.

If you’re looking for a top-drawer burger or a classic cocktail, The Ginger Pig is the place to go.

6. Taste of Sahara, Western Road, Brighton

Owner say they hope to give “customers a little taste of North Africa” when they visit.

The restaurant’s dishes that will introduce your sensory taste buds to lightly spiced and aromatic foods, and take you back to memorable flavours reminiscent of the days when we could travel.

7. The Ivy, Ship Street, Brighton

The Ivy in The Lanes has been taking booking for al fresco dining outside its colourful restaurant and it is now preparing to welcome customers back through the doors.

The brasserie and has planned a 1960s themed "Summer of Love" for its reopening, with performances from live DJs and other entertainment from May onwards.

8. Modelo Lounge, Church Road, Hove

Modelo descries itself as an “informal, neighbourhood food led café/bar.”

The relaxed setting is perfect for long lazy breakfast, brunch and lunch, or relaxed dinner and drinks.

9. Casa Don Carlos, Union Street, Brighton

The restaurant prides itself on being “the best Spanish food in town.”

Casa Don Carlos is quaint spanish tapas restaurant tucked in the heart of the Laines

From its red and white checked table clothes, wooden beamed windows, and walls adorned with painted plates and hanging baskets – the place makes you feel as if you have been transported to the heartland of Spain.

10. Indian Summer, East Street, Brighton

With beautiful décor, mood lighting and a delicious menu, it is easy to understand why customers just can’t wait to return

Offering street food treats such as masala dosas and bhel puris Indian Summer offers a modern take on an Indian restaurant all served in an elegant and ‘fine dining’ style.