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5May/110

Wai Kika Moo Kau, Brighton

Wai Kika Moo Kau [map]
11A Kensington Gardens
Brighton,
East Sussex,
BN1 4AL
Tel:  01273 671 117

Opening Times: Weekdays 9:30am to 17:00pm; Saturdays 9am to 18:00pm and Sundays, 10am to 17:00pm

Last Visited: April 2011

Always up for trying new experiences we ventured to a popular vegetarian (yes, you heard correctly) cafe in Brighton's North Laine.   With no meat on offer would we appreciate the break from clogging our arteries with fat or head for a burger straight after?

TeaMilkOneSugar:

Despite being vegetarian when I first moved to Camden-by-Sea I've never actually been to Wai Kika Moo Kau. Its reputation has been known to me for years, but for some reason never been. Probably due to the fact there isn't exactly a shortage of places to eat a fine breakfast in Brighton or Hove.  I am no longer of the veggie persuasion but am quite partial to a non-meat containing plate of food.

We headed to WKMK early on Record Store Day (back in my veggie days I would've been in the queue outside Resident Records, vinyl would have taken precedence over food pretty much any day of the week) so we ordered breakfast whilst watching people join the end of the Resident queue. I had the Full English Breakfast with a freshly squeezed orange, carrot and ginger juice on the side.

The juice was good as was the food. The hash brown was very good (the Real Eating Company’s hash brown is yet to be surpassed though) and the homemade baked (butter) beans were lovely, but the tomato sauce was a little sweet for my taste.. The veggie sausage was fairly standard, but higher quality than some I've had, and the mushrooms nicely fried. Pick of the bunch though was the pesto tomato that had a great garlic kick. Top marks for that. The only thing I would change is the toast. It was standard sliced brown bread, and I think some locally baked bread (which let’s face it is pretty easy to come by in Brighton) would push the brekkie up a notch.

In summary, it was one of the better veggie breakfasts I've had in Brighton and I recommend it to anyone who can cope without bacon or meat in their sausage. Iydea, the veggie cafe over the lane from WKMK is also damn fine, and I will be persuading Mr No Eggs that we should visit some time, but I’ll let him recover from this veggie excursion first.

Mr NoEggs:

Confused by the early morning start, I was not quite sure what to expect when I was ushered in for my first true vegetarian breakfast in years.  When I have been tempted to try a veggie cafe in the past, its always the thought of a dry faux-sausage and a heavy reliance on eggs that has always put me off.

Whilst waiting for our breakfasts to arrive I noticed the care and attention that had been put into the little things within the cafe and also on the menu.  The option of having with some breakfasts either “homemade” baked beans or butter-beans, was a good example of this. The tomato sauce they created was rich, fruity and was a lovely change from Heinz.  There were also imaginative drinks on offer on the specials board, with the Banana & Peanut butter milkshake the most tempting.  All this gave the cafe a great uniqueness, making it another option to visit when trying to escape the hustle & bustle of the city.

My breakfast, the wholemeal French toast, was a large portion for the price (£5.95) and was as filling as any meat-based breakfast I've had recently.  The accompanying baked tomato filled with rocket pesto was spot on and shows that bland tinned mushrooms and plum tomatoes should not be the only option when creating a breakfast, a bit of TLC with the seasoning goes a long way.  I was also impressed with the quality of the coffee used for my latte, as this was no standard filter java and gave me the early morning caffeine-fix I needed.

Not only is WKMK a fine vegetarian experience, but a great cafe overall; meat or no meat.  An adventurous menu, relaxing surroundings, good quality food and reasonable prices made this a worthwhile trip and would see me tempted back again to try another non-meat based brekkie.

 

Portion Size: ★★★½☆
Value For Money: ★★★½☆
Service: ★★★☆☆
Ingredient Quality: ★★★½☆
Overall: ★★★½☆