Brighton is full of fantastic food choices for the discerning vegan. There are numerous vegetarian cafes scattered throughout the town and certainly no shortage of options on the menus of omnivorous eateries.
Unfortunately, there is a vegetarian restaurant that I feel is letting the Brighton team down in the race to deliver quality, cruelty-free dining.
Nestled within a row of store fronts in the picturesque Laines district of Brighton is Wai Kika Moo Kau. This cafe is a fully vegetarian outlet serving uncomplicated dishes such as burgers, chips and salads.
The exterior is a striking colour that can be seen a block away and tables spill onto the street that always appears to be busy.
Josh and I decided to sit inside due to the chilly wind sweeping through the town. The temperature of the interior was the complete opposite and I found myself stripping the layers off as soon as we got inside. I’m not sure if it was a one off event, but I felt like there was little oxygen in the room.
As you can tell, dining at Wai Kika Moo Kau didn’t get off to a stellar start for this FGV and the food we ordered quickly knocked the remaining goodwill and cheer out of me.
Josh decided to try a salad and ended up underwhelmed and a tad disappointed. He described the Linda McCartney sausages scattered throughout his salad as tasting like they had been microwaved and the avocado slices featured atop the dish were rock hard, unpeeled and inedible.
The salad was soggy and in both of our opinions rather overpriced. When Josh mentioned to our server that the avocado was hard, she replied they had noticed that in the kitchen as it was nearly impossible to cut.
My choice of meal was even more of a let down in my mind.
I love a good plate of nachos and was excited to see a vegan option of this dish on the menu. I spoke with our server after placing my order to ask which vegan cheese they would be using. I was upset to hear the vegan nachos just meant the dairy cheese was left off.
What was placed in front of me was more like dry corn chips and dips. The hummus didn’t set my world alight and the entire dish was uninspired and bland.
I am all for giving people chances to prove me wrong, but this place was such a let down that I won’t be rushing back anytime soon. I was also perplexed as to why the restaurant enjoys such a cute name referring to looking after cows yet serves copious amounts of dairy cheese and milk. No one kicks cows harder than the dairy industry, right?
If you have enjoyed a completely different experience at Wai Kika Moo Kau, I would love for you to comment for the sake of balancing out the argument.Wai Kika Moo Kau 11a Kensington Gardens
Brighton BN1 4AL