Saturday 4 July 2009

VBites & Wai Kika Moo Kau

Today was the opening day of Heather Mills new all vegan restaurant VBites. It's technically in Brighton but it's situated by Hove lagoon which is a 50 minute walk from The North Laines and directly in between Portslade and Aldrington stations. It is perhaps a little far to go if you're having a day out in Brighton but it is the areas first all vegan restaurant.

I was really excited about this place especially as I had a sneak peek at their menu online. It looks like they're offering simple tasty food for really reasonable prices but unfortunately we didn't actually get to try any of it!

We went there, we ordered, we were told it'd take a while and then eventually we were told there would be no more food. I'm going to put this bad experience down to first day teething problems but I'll just say that I wasn't overly impressed with the service...especially after the 1 1/2 hour walk to and from the cafe.

Hopefully one day if I'm at that end of town I'll be able to give them a better review, one with pictures of actual food!

The good thing that came out of this is that we decided that we were damn well going to eat out tonight and on our way to old favourite The George we spotted the awesomely named Wai Kika Moo Kau and remembered we'd never actually been we went!

This place is all vegetarian and has loads of vegan options. They serve a good selection of filling comfort foods like sausage & mash and burgers to more healthy options like salads, soups and pitta pocket sandwiches.

I love a good smoothie so I had to get one of those to quench my thirst after our crazy long walk.

This was the crazily good and amazingly refreshing mango & passion fruit smoothie - yum. I love how light it is out at the moment, this was at about 9pm.

I was starving and for once I didn't go for the burger. In fact I managed to find an even more filling option, the all day breakfast. Sorry about the terrible photo, it'd gotten kinda dark by this point and I was too hungry to take more than 10 photos so this is the best I've got!

Just look at the awesomeness of that breakfast! For £6.75 you get sausages, loads of mushrooms, pesto topped tomatoes, baked beans, toast (with a side of vegan margarine) and chips - brilliant. It was a seriously great all day breakfast, everything was cooked perfectly and whilst it was a pretty simple traditional meal the little differences like the homemade bread and pesto topping on the tomatoes really made this one special.

I was super full after my ridiculous breakfast so I didn't order any but they also had a pretty impressive looking selection of vegan cakes. I'll just have to go back and review them another time.

I think we'd avoided this place because they perhaps used to have less vegan options or maybe they used to be more expensive? I can't remember but whatever they've done I hope they'll stick with it because it's working out really well that I've decided this place might just be my new favourite Brighton restaurant. It has a really relaxed atmosphere and the staff were really friendly, the service was quick and they even warm the plates.


  1. Looks delish, especially the smoothie.

    Pity about the other place! They ran out of food...?!

  2. Ohh that breakfast looks great. Hopefuly Vbites will be better running when we visit Brighton at the end of the year.

  3. That's a shame you couldn't try VBites!
    I don't usually pop along to Wai Kika either, but they are pretty good! I think you're right though, and they used to do a fairly limited vegan choice (compared to other vegan treats!)x

  4. God that sucks big time about VBites!!
    Let's hope it was just teething problems and they get it sorted out pronto!
    That Mango & Passion Fruit Smoothie looks divine, I could do with one of those right now. I saw on the TV that Brighton's been having some pretty amazing weather and that the UK is in for a hot summer too.
    Stay cool.

  5. wow that sucks about the restaurant!! I love the name of the place you settled on though.

    The breakfast looks pretty impressive!!

    We're going to brighton in Sept for my friend's hen night and my (omni) friends have said I can pick a veggie restaurant! EXCITED!

  6. When do I get to come visit you?!?! lol

  7. well, I guess you win some and you lose some, huh? Too bad about VBites... I hope it improves. But nice that you found a new favorite. If that all day breakfast was sitting in front me right now, I would gobble it up!

  8. Oh my gosh. That breakfast is just what I need. Veggie sausage, beans, toast, fries, mmmmmmmm.

    Was Heather Mills vegan before she married McCartney, or did he convert her?

  9. How disappointing about V Bites! I'm also very curious about it... I hope you can try again soon, and actually get some food next time.

  10. aww... bummer... but looks like you did all right for yourself... damn I'd kill for some good vegan breakfast out!! YUM!!

  11. I read on Facebook about Vbites opening. Pity it was disappointing. I hope potential vegan/wanting to be vegan customers weren't put off... I'm glad you found another good place, though. Brighton's a great place for vegans, I've heard...

  12. After reading your last 3 posts, why was I hearing:
    We are the village green preservation society
    God save donald duck, vaudeville and variety
    We are the desperate dan appreciation society
    God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties
    Preserving the old ways from being abused
    Protecting the new ways for me and for you
    What more can we do

  13. bummer that vbites didn't have their stuff together, but it looks like you had a really good meal at Wai Kika Moo Kau.

    I really loved the english bfasts that we had while visiting the uk a few years back. we recreate them once in a while.

  14. It's too bad that you couldn't eat at VBites. If they were having that many problems and ran out of food, you may have been better off not eating there anyway. Sounds like they need more time to work out the kinks. How ironic that out of the whole experience you found a new favorite restaurant!

  15. oh, sucks about vbites. i was curious about their food. i really want that smoothie. yum!

  16. That is what I call a Breakfast Massacre. Lovely beans and sausage bread and potatoes omg I would like to eat this breakfast everyday.

  17. Don't give up on VBites - it's brilliant!! I live in Hove so it's not too far for me - am totally addicted. Would recommend tacos with 'beefy' and raspberry power smoothie *slurp*, and cup cakes to die for.

    You can go for a nice cycle there down the seafront, or get the number 5 bus along Portland road from town, or the train :o)


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