No Chips Please! VBites Brighton Review
Helen Mary is on the hunt for great kids’ menus that buck the chicken nugget trend. She’ll be taking her children on a tour of Brighton’s eateries every month to find the best in kids cuisine. This month she tested the kid’s menu at VBites Brighton.
14 East Street
I had visited VBites in its old premises at Hove Lagoon and was not massively impressed so my expectations were pretty low, but I have to say that it has certainly changed. The location is great, the restaurant is really appealing to the eye and the children were drawn in by the cakes in the fabulous window displays.
There is a kids section which is on the main menu and only had four options ‘Fishy Fingers and fries’, ‘BBQ Chicky skewer and fries’, ‘Margherita pizza’ and ‘Mini Nachos’ at £5.95 each. While I was slightly disappointed that there weren’t more options, there were so many items on the main menu that I know my children would love so I personally would be tempted to ask for smaller portions of the adult menu.
The service was so friendly, they were really helpful, genuinely lovely staff. We ordered the pizza and ‘Chicky’ skewer and were also given some delicious crudités with fresh houmous, guacamole and salsa. This is a vegan restaurant so all food is meat, diary, egg and fish free which is easy to forget at times. The pizza was the biggest hit with the children, especially my son who is never allowed the pizza option due to his lactose intolerance. It was fresh and tasty but was quite large so if you have small children like mine then one between two would definitely suffice. The ‘Chicky’ skewer didn’t appeal as much, the BBQ sauce was lovely and sweet which the children liked but even that wasn’t strong enough to mask the taste of the chicken substitute which, while it had a great texture, did have a distinct aftertaste that the children didn’t like. I feel that meat substitutes often don’t compare with real meat for meat eaters and so it can be better to opt for meals that don’t require this.
There are no kids desserts on the menu but my son had dairy free ice cream which didn’t touch the sides and my daughter had an amazing chocolate orange cake which I helped her to finish even though I am not a chocolate cake fan but it was so moist I couldn’t resist (and the slice was huge).
Overall our experience at VBites was a good one, some of the food was fantastic so I would definitely return. It has a real relaxed atmosphere so it is very child friendly and the staff are clearly happy to work there.