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Kooks

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

Monday - Friday 10:00-18:00
Saturday 9.00 - 18.00
Sunday 10.00 - 17.00

Facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Dietary Needs Catered For
  • Event Space
  • Dogs Welcome

About Kooks

Kooks, Brighton's welcoming and relaxed diner, serves brunch/lunch/cocktails/coffee/cake daily until 17:00.
At Kooks we love to serve inventive, delicious food - and are renowned for our all-day brunches and espresso martinis! With a great sound track and excellent service we provide one of Brighton's hottest independent dining spots.
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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 Friday, 31 August 2018

Friendly staff, freshly prepared tasty food

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 August 2018

The slow service really let you down.

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Gorgeous veggie food (artichokes/cauliflower) and really good waitress, only issue was under cooked squid. Still ate most of it though :)

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Visited On Saturday, 14 July 2018

Hi, we visited Sat 14th July for lunch. Although the food was pretty good the service was rather strange! There was one waitress in particular who kept asking us if wanted drinks/to order food quite aggressively, before we'd eaten properly sat down and looked at menu! Then every couple of minutes her or a colleague was back, asking if we were ready. She also came over to ask if everything was alright with our food before we'd even started it! Then she turned and walked away before I'd answered! Quite amusing really but it detracted from the relaxed brunch vibe we were going for. All felt like we were basically being rushed to get in and get out. It was quite busy but we had booked a table and my friend is pregnant so we weren't expecting to be hurried through our meal. As I said the food was nice but I probably won't rush back!

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Visited On Sunday, 17 June 2018

Good food. No children's menu and they only gave us a few choices which they could do as smaller portions. Luckily they wanted the same and shared. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 June 2018

Very friendly, great food and when I had to move my reservation due to being late they were really flexible. Had a very enjoyable brunch!

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Visited On Sunday, 27 May 2018

Real find, went there twice!

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

Great food and decent prices. Will definitely visit again.

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Visited On Sunday, 29 April 2018

I couldn't have picked anywhere better for my 60th birthday brunch . Everything was perfect from the food to the fabulously friendly staff who couldn't do enough for us . The atmosphere and the sound track equally amazing !

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Visited On Saturday, 28 April 2018

Brunch was really tasty, waiters and waitresses really nice. :)

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Visited On Sunday, 11 March 2018

Went here for a lite lunch on Sunday for a mothers day outing, and to keep it simple, fantastic food, great service and the atmosphere was on top form as well. Would recommend anyone to try this place.

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Visited On Sunday, 11 March 2018

Went for Mother's Day, very average. Don't have anything to complain about.

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Visited On Sunday, 11 March 2018

Booked a table for 2 for mother’s day. The service was excellent, and so was the food. The general atmosphere of the restaurant was lovely. I would definitely recommend visiting and would visit again myself.

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Visited On Sunday, 11 March 2018

Excellent service

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Visited On Sunday, 11 March 2018

Delicious food and lovely servers. One thing was that being sat near the bar made it slightly less enjoyable - with people coming in and out and the “doorbell” to alert that food is ready to be served was very loud! Other than that, delicious and extremely enjoyable as always.

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Visited On Sunday, 04 March 2018

Really lovely place to relax, eat & drink, me and my partner came here two years ago and always wanted to come back and the experience was just the same, very welcoming and friendly! food was beautiful and very well priced :) hope to come back again!

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Visited On Saturday, 03 March 2018

The food and service was great. For the price a small pot of tea would be fairer than just one small cup.

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Visited On Sunday, 11 February 2018

A delicious breakfast, served with a smile!

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Visited On Saturday, 03 February 2018

All good apart from restaurant was too cold.

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Visited On Saturday, 03 February 2018

Great brunch

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Visited On Friday, 15 December 2017

Lovely restaurant, lovely buzzy feel and staff were great! Good coffee but food was a little cold and had to send back some over cooked eggs. But overall was lovely xx

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Visited On Friday, 10 November 2017

Very nice lady served us. Couldn't do enough to ensure we were welcome and happy: thank you. BUT the menu needs some work.

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Visited On Friday, 29 September 2017

Don't let people reserve a table for Friday evening if you are closed

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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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