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by Miggi

Review: First review = first VBites cafe in Hove: The cafe is a great idea. Everything is vegan, saving us asking about ingredients and demonstrating that it can be done while still offering an interesting menu. Lots of fake meat dishes, from fishcakes through burgers to chicken korma. It was very busy when we went and had only been open about a week, so we're hoping things will get better. It gets very noisy as there are lots of hard surfaces and clattering as well as background music that made conversation very difficult. It is right by the big play area so beware, there are lots of children screaming outside! Some of the staff were really trying and working hard while others didn't seem to know what they should be doing. Took a while to get anyone to take our order. The food then arrived quite quickly but some of it was cold - the veggie burger, though cooked, was not hot and nor were the chips. Don't think any of the food was freshly cooked. When we mentioned the chips they were "replaced" - it was obvious that the same portion of chips came back, having been hastily microwaved! They have fancy gadgets to take orders and transmit them electronically to the kitchen but our drinks order slipped through the system somehow. Couple of staff doing all the work were apologetic, felt sorry for them. The vegan Mr Whippy ice cream is a great idea, one of the reasons we went down there on a lovely sunny day. They had run out of both ice cream and ice lollies, even though this was the first hot day since they opened! Need to get their act together. Updated from previous review on Sunday July 12, 2009 - new location in Brighton: It has improved since last time, though it still took ages for our order to arrive even though it was quiet and we were the first lunchtime customers to order - at least it was all cooked and warm when it came! We tried ice cream milkshakes, hickory chicken burger, hoisin duck wrap, fries with spicy salt and a couple of cakes. The sauces with the vbites "meats" were great, particularly the hickory BBQ one, and the spiced salt made the fries really tasty and more-ish. Even though one of the cake slices was a little dry as it was the last piece, it was rich and the icing was so lush that it was still enjoyable and the carrot and orange cake was really great too. Nice to sit at the window upstairs with a breeze. Recommend trying it as long as not in a rush to eat, even if it is fast food style :-)


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