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Kooks

56 Gardner Street, Brighton, United Kingdom, BN1 1UN
Critics Review 8/10
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Opening Information

Sun - Thurs 09:00-22:00
Fri - Sat 09:00-23:00

Facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome

About Kooks

Kooks Restaurant, Brighton's welcoming and relaxed boho bistro, serves breakfast/brunch/lunch daily until 17:00 and dinner from 18:00 at the weekends, with a sizeable wine list, craft beers, cocktails, coffee and tea - accompanied by a super-eclectic soundtrack and friendly staff. Food that's big on flavour and fresh ingredients that pack a punch but don't break your bank balance.

Dress Code: Casual
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Critics Review
Breakfast of champions!
8/10
It was a brisk Autumnal morning and me and my partner were congratulating ourselves for being up and out before 10am. We were on our way to Kooks, a trendy Boho bistro located on Gardner Street in central Brighton's North Laine. Kooks is owned and run by Rebecca Monk, and has been going strong since opening in 2014. Music is important to Kooks, with an extensive music collection streaming through the speakers around the restaurant all day long. You certainly won't hear a generic background song here. Walking in you are greeted by a long bar which runs along the side, and as you reach the back it opens out to a larger area with plenty of tables lit up from the natural light that beams in from the skylights above. The walls are scattered with quirky artwork and there are mirrors all along the back wall opening up the whole place. You can really tell they thought well about the interior design as it felt like good use of the space. The daytime menu is served until 5pm, and consists of all day brunch, big plates consisting of burgers, salads and fish and chips, and then desserts for the sweeter teeth amongst us. Everything is priced as to be expected, but very reasonable, with brunches ranging from £7 - £9.50 and the bigger plates for lunch around £12. Kooks are passionate about using local suppliers where possible for all of their produce, including Swandean Butchers for their ethically reared meat, and Coburn bakery for the bread, which also supplies gluten free. They also get their teas from Metrodeco teas in Kemptown. We started with a couple of standard morning beverages - I went for the Shades of Earl Grey tea, and my partner had a cappuccino. Rebecca mentioned they also do killer cocktails if we would like one, including one of my weaknesses, an espresso martini, but we said we would wait until after breakfast when it wasn't as early! The tea came in a cup with the bag left in, and it was all pretty with it's extra floral ingredients. The cappuccino was well made with a light dusting of cocoa on top and silky milk. For breakfast it was a tough choice as everything sounded delicious! They make their own white pudding so I knew that had to be involved somehow. I knew what my partner was going to have before we even got there and it was the Veg Breakfast including homemade falafel, hummus, guacamole, halloumi, roast tomatoes, poached eggs, mushrooms and sourdough toast. It pretty much has all of his favourite things. I decided to have the full meat breakfast, which included poached eggs, mushrooms, roast cherry tomatoes, bacon, sausage and of course their homemade white pudding which I had to try....
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Visited On Saturday, 26 August 2017

Good food, excellent service, great location - brilliant brunch spot.

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Visited On Sunday, 20 August 2017

Really great service, fast and friendly. Great food! Wasn't too keen on the superfood salad though, the "fried" noodles was more like raw noodles. But otherwise really impressed and would definitely recommend/go again!

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Visited On Sunday, 06 August 2017

The staff didn't get our booking correct for a start, however the man who showed us to our seats and took our order was very nice. But there was a dark haired waitresses who was rude, one person who asked and paid for extra bacon got 1 rasher and not 2. They didn't seem very organised. And I wouldn't go back there.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 July 2017

Good food Solid table Nice floor Peng munch Leng coffee

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Visited On Monday, 24 July 2017

Staff were super-friendly and helpful at this cute Brighton bistro. Food was great for midday meal. Would definitely return. Took off 1 atmosphere point because the bathroom is rather tired and not in keeping with the front of house. I'm also shocked no one has fallen down their stairs yet. Other than these small points, it's a great little find.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 July 2017

Had a great night nice food, good atmosphere excellent service!!! For sure will be back:-) Thanks

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Visited On Saturday, 15 July 2017

Liked everything except the toilets. The women's toilet needs a deep clean and the doors badly need painting.

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Visited On Sunday, 28 May 2017

Very good food, helpful staff

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Visited On Sunday, 23 April 2017

Great brunch at Kooks, delicious food, good choice, friendly and efficient service.Added an extra 2 people to our table with no problems.Thanks!

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Visited On Friday, 14 April 2017

Brilliant!

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Visited On Saturday, 01 April 2017

Lovely place, just what we needed for a late brunch. Staff were lovely !

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Visited On Saturday, 18 March 2017

The brunch was amazing - I will definitely be going back when I'm next in Brighton!

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Visited On Sunday, 12 March 2017

Great atmosphere and good. Will definitely come back!

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Visited On Saturday, 11 March 2017

Appalling. Will never return

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Visited On Saturday, 04 February 2017

Great evening!

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Visited On Saturday, 21 January 2017

Great food and ambience although the mopping of the floor bleach was suffocating. Good was good and is great value for money

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Visited On Saturday, 07 January 2017

We celebrated my 40th bday with a private party. 55 people and a band which seemed like just about the capacity for a party. The atmosphere was perfect and the staff were really helpful. I've lost count of how many people said to me what a great venue it was for a party. Rebecca was great in helping with the planning and also on the night. Would highly recommend for a party venue.

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Visited On Saturday, 31 December 2016

Good service nice atmosphere. Good vegetarian options. Not as many menu choices due to running out of ingredients.

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Visited On Friday, 30 December 2016

It was a low key evening and we were the only diners. The waiter was friendly and professional and the food was enjoyable.

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Atmosphere was chilled and great vice for a nice leisurely lunch!

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Visited On Sunday, 13 November 2016

Super service, fresh tasty quality food and absolute value for money. We had eggs royale and the smashed avocado and feta. Both dishes were scrumptious thank you. We'll be back ❤️

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Visited On Sunday, 06 November 2016

Our waiter was grumpy and didnt apologise for 15 min wait for drinks and food order . Nobody said goodbye when we left.

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Visited On Sunday, 06 November 2016

Food is amazing and very reasonably priced. Will definately be back!

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Visited On Saturday, 22 October 2016

Great food! Great service!

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Visited On Saturday, 01 October 2016

Great food, nice vibe, cool music.

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