Your Independent Neighbourhood Caffé
In amongst all the gentrification that is advancing the London Road some restaurants and cafés have been going about their business for a while. Nine years in, independently owned Moksha is one such spot. Owners Oli & Loti had focused on the standard coffee and cake approach for many years. However, their foray into a wider food market using locally sourced produce is now well underway.
At 2.30pm on a Sunday afternoon, there was a great buzz about the place with most tables full of patrons enjoying a lazy afternoon. Taking a seat at a beautifully distressed wooden bench at the back of the restaurant, we perused the brunch and lunch menus.
We both instantly announced a desire to try the two Mexican signature dishes, Huevos Rancheros & Huevos Benedictos (both £8.95). Wanting to add some variety to our choice, after losing a coin toss, Simon selected the Brighton Blue burger (£8.75) instead.
His food envy rightly remained as the meals were placed in front of us. The vibrant colours of the Huevos Benedictos drew upon its Mexican heritage stimulating the eyes. The sublimely spicy chorizo was slathered in a creamy homemade chipotle hollandaise sauce. Adding a touch of sweetness to the mix, the fresh avocado & tomato salsa and the two perfectly cooked poached eggs atop toasted sourdough was the final Ole. The combinations of flavours worked well and I finished it all resulting in a need for a Sunday afternoon siesta.
Simon’s burger was good, not the best we’ve had, the highlights were the homemade BBQ chipotle sauce and toasted brioche bun. It’s sweet yet smoky notes complimented the bite of the Brighton blue cheese well. The patty itself, from the Brighton Sausage Company, is aged 21 days and though perfectly edible lacked any distinct taste leaving the toppings to do all the work.
It was a welcome change that instead of the standard fries, the burger was accompanied by a mixed leaf salad lightly dressed in a subtle dressing.
The Huevos Benedictos as their signature dish really stole the show. A creative mixture of spicy chorizo and the butteriness of what has fast become the most over-used superfood, avocado, provided a great alternative brunch option.
Competition for a good burger in Brighton is fierce. Within stumbling distance of Moksha both The Troll’s Pantry at the Hobgoblin and perhaps even Meat Liquor offer better alternatives, but what both those spots lack is the welcome of a friendly family-run business, which we received at Moksha.
The coffee also met Simon’s approval, smooth not bitter and roasted locally in Littlehampton
RATING: Must Go | Worth a Try | Give it a Miss
PRICE: £23.20 (including coffees)
NEED TO KNOW:
Several gluten-free options are offered, including the Huevos Benedictos breakfast and Moksha only uses organic milk in your brew.
Monday to Sunday: 7am – 6pm
Phone: 01273 248890
Address: 4-5 York Place, Brighton, BN1 4GU
*Disclaimer: I was invited to review by Moksha Caffé, but as always, my opinion isn’t swayed by freebies and you are getting my honest opinion on the whole experience.