Iydea Vegetarian Kitchen

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17 Kensington Gardens, North Laine, Brighton, England, BN1 4AL

Brighton veggie cafe with counter service. Its original cafe. Offers a variety of food including vegan cakes. Vegan lunch on Sunday. Open Mon-Sat 10:00am-5:30pm, Sun 11:00am-5:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Western, Fast food, Take-out, British

35 Reviews

First Review by sussexbunny

yummy - Edit

Took my non-vegetarian boyfriend for lunch and we both loved it! I had a vegan meal and he had a vegetarian one

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Great spot for breakfast - Edit

Stumbled across this place whilst walking around the streets of Brighton.

We ordered a large coffee, large chai latte, a big breakfast (vegetarian) a small breakfast (vegan) and the vegan raspberry and almond cake. Everything came to £21. We had to pay cash as the card machine was out of order.

We were both happy with our breakfasts, they were very tasty. The tofu scramble was delicious! The cake was amazing too. Chocolate sauce spelled ‘cake yum!’ on the plate which was a nice touch!

The service was great, the food and drinks arrived quickly and the staff were nice. The toilet was upstairs.

It was a little chilly in there but I would definitely recommend it and eat here again!

Pros: Tasty food , Quick service , Reasonably priced

Cons: Not fully vegan

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Loved it! - Edit

We 'accidentally' ended up here after two other places were closed/had run out of tofu and we were very positively surprised! We had the large and the small breakfast, a juice and an oat milk latte. All of it was really good. We often find fry ups a bit bland but we didn't have to add any seasoning to it, thumbs up! The only downside would be that it gets very busy and becomes very loud. But if you don't mind some hustle and bustle, we recommend it :)
The lunch options look amazing too, too bad we live 4hrs away...

Pros: great vegan options

Cons: the noise level if busy

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Nice simple food - Edit

Lots of vegan options, good dishes, lots of flavours, nothing overly complicated.

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Favourite lunch spot in Brighton - Edit

If I ever have visitors from back home this is the place I take them without fail. The food is amazing and the location is great as its in the middle of all the excitement of the north lanes. Highly recommend the smoothies and the vegan cakes are always fab.

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Vegan buffet! - Edit

We visited here after hearing some glowing reviews online. The reviews were not wrong and this is definitely the place to go if you want some quick, tasty food. Be aware that this place is very busy though, so if you want a seat get in here early! Basically what you have here is a buffet selection of vegetarian and vegan food (labelled) where you can order one main dish, 2 salads or veggie sides and 2 toppings, all for about £5. They also have specials available. The choice is excellent and the staff should be commended for the speed in which they are able to serve everyone. This place is not where you would go for fine dining but is perfect for lunch. Highly recommend.

Pros: Good vegan food, Good value , Friendly staff

Cons: Very busy, difficult to get a seat

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Good hearty food - Edit

Vegetarian with a fair amount of vegan options. Buffet style with plenty of seating.
I had sweet corn cakes in a peanut butter sauce that were served with rice and a choice of two side salads for only just under 8£ it was very tasty, filling and perfect for buffet dining.

Pros: good location , reasonable prices , large portions

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Perfect for quick lunch! - Edit

I love the idea of picking my favourite main and sides when looking at them, although it's always a hard job as every single thing looks so yummy. Menu slightly changes everyday, you can check out on facebook what deiciousness they cooked for you each day. Everything's incredibly tasty (my fav-roti, beet chutney /both vegan/, my bf's fav-enchillada /vegeterian/), cakes to die for! Gets veryyyy busy in lunch time so I suggest take away and go to Paviloin Gardens nearby

Pros: cheap, variety of vegan dishes, quick

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Brilliant cafe - Edit

Went to Brighton this weekend for the veggiefest and was lucky enough to be walking round the shops Friday morning and a local in the shop told me about this cafe always good to listen to locals so went in and was not disappointed.I had the pie, pots and veg all cooked in herbs. It was fantastic and staff were all very nice and friendly. I liked it so much went back for breakfast on Saturday morning. Must go back to Brighton for this place alone.
Many thanks

Pros: Great food, good position, Lovely staff

Cons: None

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Fantastic vegan dishes - Edit

When I lived in Brighton, this was my favourite place to go for a vegan meal, out of ALL the veg restaurants in Brighton. And there is a lot to choose from.

I loved being able to see the food and choose what I wanted - everything looked so delicious and there were so many healthy dishes! I also loved having a slice of their vegan cake for a treat or a vegan cider...so good!

Pros: Delicious food , Healthy options , Nice atmosphere

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yummy tiffin :D - Edit

Just a quick review to say I've bought the vegan tiffin a few times and it's really scrummy :D I've tried to stop here for a proper lunch every time I've come to brighton but unfortunately there's never a free table :( food looks delicious though - I'll keep trying!!!!

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Very Good Iydea! - Edit

Just lovely place to eat! Good atmoshphere. Very busy! Good selection/ lots of choice. Perfect for a Sunday slap up. Hot bar set up so...everything is ready to eat! : D I had the Nut Roast en-croute, it was delish. Gravy was so tasty I asked for more and was kindly obliged. The service was excellent, as was the Raspberry Vanilla cake! Took a breakfast muffin in the a.m. Very clever Idyea - hot and ready to go which was great as I was running to catch the train back to London. Looking forward to returning!

Pros: Everything

Cons: I don't live closer!

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Not impressed - Edit

Got lunch from here today as I am in Brighton for a conference. I got take away as it was cheaper and there weren't any tables free when I arrived. The vegan option was a lasagne, which was very nice and tasty, but none of the side options went with it. In the end I went for potatoes and roasted veg with some beetroot chutney, as well as a cup of tea. The box that my food came in was thin enough that I could feel the hot food burning my fingers through it, which made it very difficult to carry. To make matters worse, the lid on my cup of tea didn't fit properly so I kept slopping hot tea all over my hands as I was walking along. Overall not well thought out and I suspect that this packaging was chosen because it's eco-friendly rather than because it does the job. All of that aside, what I resented most is being charged 20p for soya milk in a vegetarian restaurant!! Won't be eating here again, the food isn't worth the price or the hassle.

Pros: Friendly staff, Generous portion

Cons: Not many vegan options, Hazardous packaging!, Charge for soya milk

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my favourite! - Edit

This is one of my favourite places to eat! I get my lunch from here at least twice a week and I'm never disappointed! The staff are always helpful and friendly, there's always a few vegan options, it's reasonably priced and you get a good size portion. I highly recommend this place to everyone!

Pros: friendly staff, lots of choice, reasonably priced

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I want to live in this place - Edit

In fact, I nearly did live here the week I spent in Brighton. The food is stunningly delicious, the staff are lovely and there are plenty of vegan dishes, clearly labelled and all the ingredients listed. I came here for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and loved every one of them. The only slight negative would be how crowded it can get, which can make it hard to get a table. However, overall, this is one of the best places I've ever eaten. Consistently fabulous. Go now.
Updated from previous review on Thursday August 23, 2012

Pros: Excellent food, Friendly staff, Fantastic value

Cons: Gets very crowded

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Used to be A* - standards are slipping. - Edit

Used to be the best place to eat in Brighton, but lately the service has been awful - which is a shame because that was always one of the biggest selling points of the cafe, aside from the fantastic food. Have been ignored by staff and rudely told off by them for unjustifiable reasons.

Perfect for breakfast - loads of brilliant sweet and savoury options. The vegan breakfast muffin is amazing! Their cakes and tiffins are delicious, and their main courses are usually vegan-friendly, although sometimes there aren't too many to choose from. Don't expect a relaxing meal - the cafe is always very busy and turnaround is swift, but well worth a visit.

Pros: Breakfasts are brilliant, Try the chocolate tiffin!

Cons: Recent awful service, Not always vegan-friendly, Quick turnaround

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A bit chaotic - Edit

I have been to Iydea twice, and found it a bit overwhelming both times. They have buffets with a wide variety of dishes, but it's a bit much to take in all at once. The staff is helpful in decoding the multitude of dishes though. And the food has been good.
My main complaint is that the place is very noisy and easily feels crowded.

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Good Iydea for Breakfast - Edit

Really pleasant place in the North Laine, Brighton with a good atmosphere. Staff were friendly and helpful and the range of options was good. Alot for vegans too as most that wasn't could be made vegan. Had the Big Breakfast and a smoothie and they werent lying on the size, but it was tasty. Only problem we ever have is finding a table as it is often busy, but well worth it if you can get in!

Pros: Good Vegan Selection, Friendly Staff

Cons: Often Busy

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One of my favorite places in Brighton. - Edit

Really nice.

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Lovely place - Edit

This is a really lovely place... friendly staff and tasty food. Seems really good value for what you get.

There are lots of choices and everything is vegetarian with lots of vegan options. Cakes too, for anyone with a sweet tooth.

If you opt to take out, it is really good value too. I did that, since it was so incredibly full during the lunch time I visited.

Recommended. I would definitely go again and recommend this place!
Updated from previous review on Friday August 10, 2012
Updated from previous review on Friday August 10, 2012

Pros: Lots of choice, value

Cons: Too busy to enjoy lunch time sit down, Not open evenings

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Brilliant food and bargain prices - Edit

Having spent a good part of two days exploring Brighton on foot and browsing numerous menus of vegetarian and vege friendly cafes I have to say Iydea seems the best. I have eaten there on two occasions now - once takeaway, once eating in. The prices for take-out are slightly cheaper but sometimes you just want to sit down in the cafe, though it can get incredibly busy around 12:30 so I'd suggest getting there early.

The ingredients are listed above the food and this is very useful for me as I have a lemon allergy and find it difficult ascertaining if it is in food. There are plenty of vegan options, these include the best vegan lasagne I have ever eaten. There is a excellent selection of side dishes and toppings, so much so that you can end up holding up the ever busy queue trying to decide!

Well worth a visit.

Pros: Food selection, Good quality ingredients, Great value

Cons: Small , Incredibly busy

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yummy in my tummy - Edit

There is a reason this place is busy - it's amazing. fresh and tasty veggie food, decent prices, great variety. friendly, laidback atmosphere and helpful staff. If you visit brighton, don't leave until you try their gnocci!

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My favourite veggie spot in Brighton - Edit

Does great breakfast and lunches but can get quite busy. Everything is labelled as vegan and gluten free and the ingredients are all listed (handy for those with a food allergy). Does a nice range in vegan cakes too. Can get very crowded at times though.

Pros: good range of food, great vegan cakes, friendly staff

Cons: gets very crowded

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I rarely say nice, but I like this place. - Edit

I had lunch here quite recently for 6.50 GBP chowing down some yummy Shepherd's Pie, roasted carrots with sweet potatoes, some tomato based salad, and the entire plate topped off with a spoonful of hoummos and salsa. It was quite packed inside so I sat outside on the not too wet picnic benches. Welcoming staff and good value food, there is absolutely nothing weird or unhygienic about this place as other comments might suggest. It is a canteen style cafe after all.

Pros: Close to shopping areas., Good value food, and drinks available., Great décor.

Cons: Might be tricky to get a seat inside.

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canteen style food and reasonable prices - Edit

Have been a few times and haven't been that impressed. There are lots of vegan choices and the food is always good value for money which tastes OK but never amazing. You do not choose from a menu but choose either a small or large plate and fill it with whats on offer that day from a canteen style set-up. There are hot and cold (salad) selections with choices of dressings and dips. There is large selection of fresh juices/smoothies which are good. Quite often busy and cramped seating with the possibility of ending up on a table with people you don't know. Good if you want quick food at a reasonable price.

Pros: healthy fast food, good prices

Cons: can be hectic

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Best Veggie Cafe in Brighton - Edit

Fab veggie cafe with a great selection of good value, unpretentious but tasty, freshly cooked food. Great example for all the people who think vegetarians just eat lentils, tofu and salad leaves!
It would be nice if it was also open in the evenings though!

Pros: excellent food, great value, friendly staff

Cons: closed evenings

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Lots of choice, - Edit

A counter service cafe with lots of selection and choice for vegans. Everything clearly marked with ingredients/suitability for vegans etc. It is quite small and did get pretty busy nearer lunchtime, but good value for money and great to choose what sides hot or cold you want with your main meal

Pros: lots of variety, vegan options cleary marked, tasty

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