I visited this quirky little vegetarian and vegan café for the first time with my friend from the shard trip a while back. Its name aptly sounds like “Why Kick a Moo Cow?” implying that we don’t need to harm animals to sustain a happy and healthy life. I have since been there two more times and thought I would write a review on one of my visits. The café is located on Kensington Gardens in the North Laines of Brighton. They have plenty of vegan options as well as vegetarian which is great as it means my non-vegan friends would still be able to come and thoroughly enjoy their meal (not that they wouldn’t at a 100% vegan restaurant) but it just offers them more choice.
The café looks very welcoming from the outside and as soon as you walk in the door and hear the reggae music you are instantly in tune with the chilled vibe that this place emits. Simultaneously you are greeted with a mix of gorgeous smells coming from the open kitchen towards the back of the restaurant. I love being able to see where my food is coming from and know that the kitchen is right there. The look of the café is very cool with lots of different art work all over the walls as well as posters advertising events all over the South East. They also have t-shirts for sale and a board that displays children’s drawings which I thought was cute.
We were greeted and told that since we had come in when they were switching from the breakfast menu to the lunch menu, they would be with us in bit to take our order. This took about 15 mins but they did apologise. They have a range of food available on the menu as well as 2 different special boards that advertise the quick lunch option or just what they have that’s on offer for that day. I have been here for breakfast and can recommend the vegan pancakes as they were delicious! They came with maple syrup however I would have liked to have seen an option of berries maybe. Anyways back to this visit. I ordered an orange and lemon juice, which I have to say has to be one of the best combinations EVER, while my mum ordered a strawberry milkshake. I didn’t try it for obvious reasons but she assured me it was very tasty.
For food my mum ordered the vegetarian mini breakfast while I opted for the vegan option of the full breakfast. About 5-10 mins after we ordered I had realised that I had forgotten to ask for mine without the nasty baked beans (sorry baked bean lovers) and since we could see into the kitchen I noticed they hadn’t made our food up yet so my mum politely asked the waitress if I could still have mine without beans and that was absolutely fine, thank the heavens haha. The food came about another 5-10 mins later and it smelt delicious. It is nicely presented and was just the right amount. I have to say their vegan sausages are the best ones from a restaurant that I have ever tasted. They are crispy on the outside but soft and chewy onthe inside just how I like them. How could you like them any other way? Everything else was cooked perfectly and the tofu here is also really tasty with a texture that melts in your mouth and fits well with all the other components of the dish. Fair to say I finished it all off easily!
We were too full to try any of the sweet stuff they had on offer but it definitely looked delicious and I will be trying some the next time I go back. I would say that the restaurant could be a little bit cleaner just in the corners of the room and such but it wasn’t overly unclean and it didn’t affect our meal in anyway, as the kitchen area looked clean. Overall the meal was amazing and I will definitely be returning and introducing new friends to this gem.
You can find more information at their website here.
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