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Kokedama, Brighton, East Sussex

Kokedama

4.8
4.8
43 Reviews
£26 to £40
Vegan

Small plates, cocktails, and natural wines

Kokedama is our plant-based restaurant with an innovative small plates menu, creative tailor-made cocktails and natural wines. Large terrace for al fresco dining. For an extra experience choose our Chef's menu - sit back and leave the choice to our talented kitchen team.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Vegan, Vegetarian / Vegan, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed 12:00–22:00 Thu–Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    01273 723159

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Jake Swayne

Menu

Featured Items

  • Sourdough & Extra Virgin Olive Oil£5.00

    • Nocellara Olives£3.50

      • Nuts & Seeds£3.50

        • Preserved Vegetables£6.00

          • Roasted Garlic & Grissini£6.00

            Main

            • Tempura Vegetables, Togarashi & Lemon Ponzu£7.00

              • Three-Cornered Leeks, Ajo Blanco, Red Pepper Crumb, Burnt Leek Oil£9.00

                • Panko Aubergine, Fermented Harissa, Tahini£10.00

                  • BBQ Carrot, Dried Kohlrabi, Dashi Vinaigrette£7.00

                    • Wye Valley Asparagus, Morels, Ramsons, Rapeseed£11.00

                      • Leaves, Flowers & Herbs£5.00

                        • Tenderstem Broccoli, Sunflower & Nettle Pesto, Preserved Lemon & Capers£9.00

                          • Confit Potato, Curried Velouté, Bhaji£10.00

                            • Grilled Cos Lettuce, Salsa Macha, Roasted Chickpeas£7.00

                              • Jersey Royals, Smoked Oil, Chives£5.50

                                • Trombetta Courgette, Baby Artichoke, Red Pepper Marmalade, Green Olive£10.50

                                  • Heritage Tomatoes, Tamarind, Croutons£6.00

                                    Dessert

                                    • Dark Chocolate & Tonka Bean Ganache, Passion Fruit, Sesame Brittle£7.00

                                      • Strawberries, Elderflower, Sorrel, Meringue£7.00

                                        • Crumble Cake, Dandelion Honey, Rhubarb Compôte£7.00

                                          Last updated: 24 March 2022

                                          What 43 people are saying

                                          Overall ratings and reviews

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                                          4.8
                                          4.8 based on recent ratings
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                                          • 4.8Service
                                          • 4.7Ambience
                                          • 4.5Value

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                                          1. CL

                                            CLeac

                                            West Sussex

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 1 day ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Bold.Beautiful.Delicate.Delicious. Gorgeous goodness

                                          2. MH

                                            MilesH

                                            Surrey

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 4 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            great service, stylish surroundings and superb, distinctive food

                                          3. AB

                                            AmyB

                                            Cheshire

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Service was great and food Was delicious 🤤 would recommend 100%

                                          4. h

                                            hdo46hfndk

                                            Oxford

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                            overall4food3service4ambience3

                                            I love the Roundhill pub & their cafe at the Needlemakers so I wanted to love Kokedama. The food was nice but we left hungry. We asked how many plates to order and were told 2-3 per person so we ordered 5 plus bread but this was about half as much food as we'd have liked. Even if the portions were bigger it still wouldn't have been satisfying because of the type of food it was. It was basically a series of vegetable side dishes. If they were served alongside a proper main course I'd be raving about how great the food was but a lot of the plates are a single type of vegetable plus some other flavours. Nice but not a meal even when you pair a few plates together. Maybe we missed out on some better plates that would have tied it together but it's hard to know what you're getting based from the menu descriptions and our server didn't try to steer us differently. I'm really sorry to give this feedback because I wanted to love it but I can't recommend it. I hope the restaurant does well and that the menu is developed further and maybe we'll try again in future.

                                          5. JH

                                            JacH

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                            Really tasty seasonal dishes. Great flavours and good service.

                                          6. YF

                                            YouFoodGillespie

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great staff. Great food. Nice place. Prompt service. Will definitely return. Way better than Terre a Terre.

                                          7. N

                                            Naomi

                                            West Sussex

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Delicious meal that we all thoroughly enjoyed, even the carnivores among us! Lovely flavours, plenty of food and very friendly and helpful staff.

                                          8. D

                                            Davy

                                            Brighton

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                            overall2food5service2ambience4

                                            As Roundhill regulars we knew the food would be great and it didn't disappoint. Very tasty and well prepared. BUT the plates are small. Lovely but small. Even with 3 plates per person plus a dessert, we were not full. And expensive - very expensive. BUT, the service was poor - we waited nearly half an hour for our order to be taken and our small plates arrived with big gaps (15 minutes) between them. It is pretty basic that a group of four people expect their meals to arrive at the same time not for one couple to have finished before the other's plates have arrived. Maybe this is teething problems in a new restaurant - it has certainly made us wary of returning or recommending it to others.

                                          9. KJ

                                            KarlJ

                                            West Sussex

                                            5 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on 11 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great food - clever menu - wonderful friendly staff - delicious cocktails

                                          10. OC

                                            OrlandoC

                                            Brighton

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on 7 May 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Excellent food and service. Yummy cocktails. Delicious well thought out combinations of vegan food

                                          11. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 7 May 2022

                                            overall4food3service5ambience5

                                            Good staff and atmosphere. Not much on menu as expected, however the value of the food is as good as it costs and I recommend going there to have a good experience.

                                          12. S

                                            Samm

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 4 May 2022

                                            overall3food3service3ambience5

                                            We have been frequenting the Roundhill, Needlemakers, and Kokedama in both their forms since they each opened. The Roundhill collective is our favourite group of restaurants in Brighton, and we are normally very excited to be able to go for date nights and special occasions. Our most recent venture to the newly opened Kokodama was a celebration for my partner and my birthday. The restaurant was nicely decorated and the conservatory looked lovely but it was a touch cold to sit by the door so we elected to sit upstairs. It was nice to be given the option when we arrived. We had planned to enjoy the chefs menu, however we were told we had to book this in advance through the website. There is no way to do this on the website so we were very disappointed and the person delivering this news seemed frankly annoyed that i'd brought it up. It would of been nice to have had someone say happy birthday to us as there was an option to select birthday in the booking, but this did not occur. Why is this box here? The food was okay but not as adventurous as previous visits to kokedama which made it a little disappointing for the cost. In our opinion the experience created by the set menu is what justifies the high price for the food; however the dishes on the a la carte lacked excitement. Some dishes were larger than others but looking at the menu and prices there is no way to tell what might be a shared dish and what would better suit two diners. All round it was an inoffensive night... but nothing special.

                                          13. S

                                            Suzi

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 29 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Good, service and ambiance all excellent. We had the chef’s menu which was outstanding. Will definitely visit again!

                                          14. JS

                                            JamesS

                                            London

                                            2 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 23 April 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience2

                                            We sat in the conservatory which wasn't very warm but OK. We could have moved so our choice. Drinks arrived promptly. Food was very tasty, not a huge choice but enough for most people. Staff were Chatty and friendly- lovely place. Will return in the Summer. Would recommend.

                                          15. e

                                            ella

                                            Brighton

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 23 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Amazing vegan food, amazing flavours and great wine. Service was lovely and the overall restaurant decor was great ...Would totally recommend :)

                                          16. I

                                            Isabelm

                                            Buckinghamshire

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 17 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Food was absolutely amazing and such a lovely venue. Will definitely be making this a regular evening out.

                                          17. RG

                                            RosaG

                                            London

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 16 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Absolutely delicious flavours with a good amount of choice - wanted to try everything but with small plates still got to try a lot! Save room for desert!

                                          18. MN

                                            MrNickH

                                            Brighton

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on 15 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great food in a relaxed environnement. All meat eaters should try this restaurant so they can taste what can be cooked up vegan style. Second visit in 2 weeks…good cocktails menu too 5* Gold Service

                                          19. JO

                                            JodieO

                                            Brighton

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on 15 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Had a really lovely time at Kokedama. The service was perfect and the food was delicious. Will definitely be back soon

                                          20. II

                                            InesI

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 15 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The food was outstanding, every dish was unique and really tasty and original. We really enjoyed the fact that everything was plant-based and the staff was very helpful and attentive. The food also arrived in short time and the decoration was very relaxed and chic. We were a bit confused with the menu and we think it would be useful to have a small explanation about the fact that the didhes are like medium size tapas. We will definitely come back again

                                          21. AW

                                            AlanW

                                            N. Ireland

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 13 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Wow! From the decor, to the staff and the food! This place is incredible!

                                          22. J

                                            Joll

                                            London

                                            6 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on 10 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Fantastic, gourmet experience with very friendly staff, Clare in particular. Delicious food, beautifully presented and no need for a second mortgage to pay the bill.

                                          23. HW

                                            HelenW

                                            Brighton

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 9 April 2022

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                            Great menu with delicious food 😍 would recommend

                                          24. VD

                                            VeganDreams

                                            London

                                            13 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            13 reviews

                                            Dined on 9 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            This place was fantastic. We had the chefs menu which I thought was fantastic value. All the dishes had the most delicious flavours and was fantastically presented. The ambiance of the restaurant is fantastic and the staff were all just fantastic. The location of Kokedama is fantastic, just on the edge of the South lanes and 5 min walk from the beach. In short we loved and cant wait to go back.

                                          25. LH

                                            LucyH

                                            London

                                            7 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            7 reviews

                                            Dined on 9 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The food was delicious!! We went for the tasting menu and were so pleased we did. The staff were so friendly and accommodating (we had to leave early so didn’t manage to have the full tasting menu) and they were so helpful with sorting the bill etc. Would highly recommend!

                                          26. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 8 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Great tasty food, lovely presentation, not sure about the natural wine but everything else was great.

                                          27. A

                                            Alfie

                                            Brighton

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 3 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Best food I’ve had in Brighton for a long time. Nice staff, lovely ambience and (vegan or not) you’ll love the food.

                                          28. L

                                            Lolo

                                            Brighton

                                            3 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on 3 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Beautiful setting and very well presented small plate dining. A lot of thought has gone in to the flavour pairings of these dishes. Can't wait to come back

                                          29. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Brighton

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 2 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            My son and I had a beautiful lunch here, afterwards we both agreed, it was the best lunch we’ve ever had. Beautiful interior, lovely team and exquisite vegan food.

                                          30. T

                                            Trishy

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 1 April 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            For a fine dining, vegan, special treat in an excellent spot in Brighton's popular East Street, look no further. We visited on Kokedama's first day of opening and will definitely be back. We followed the recommendation to share six small plates from the a la carte menu between the two of us, plus a small starter whilst waiting, and each plate was a work of art in itself yet perfectly and deliciously balanced with all the others. We didn’t need dessert but, you know… pudding! They offer amazing sounding cocktails too but the locally-made kombucha was just right for us with our lunchtime meal. The food was superb, the venue inviting, service perfect and the staff friendly and knowledgeable. And having everything on the menu completely vegan is a dream.

                                          31. W

                                            Wellie

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 11 December 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Fabulous fabulous fabulous!! Wonderful food and service, will definitely be back!

                                          32. JC

                                            JulianC

                                            Brighton

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 4 December 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Great food delivery using ingredients in interesting ways to give something out of the ordinary- changing plates each week makes new seasonal experience each time visit & we will be back again

                                          33. JL

                                            JenLel

                                            Brighton

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 20 November 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Wow! What an amazing experience. The food was exceptional. The staff were welcoming, chilled and lovely. The music is perfect. The restaurant is gorgeous. Highly recommended.

                                          34. LD

                                            LatifaD

                                            Surrey

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 19 November 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Best place to eat in Lewes. Lovely food and a nice jolly atmosphere.

                                          35. E

                                            Emma

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 13 November 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Exceptional food, fun, young atmosphere and great service. The potato with xo sauce is an experience to remember. It was the dish of the evening. It’s so exciting to have a place like this in Lewes! Highly recommended.

                                          36. WW

                                            WendyW

                                            Brighton

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 12 November 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Totally joyful evening out at Kokedama. The deliciously clever tasting menu meant we just sat back and were superbly well fed. Such a treat, highly recommended x x x

                                          37. KL

                                            KirstyL

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 12 November 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            I don't often write reviews (this is my 2nd in 15 years or whatever) but Kokedama last night was amazing. Vegan fine dining... Superb. The flavours, creativity, excellent all-rounder dry white wine, creative and unusual cocktails - this is what I'd call a perfect dining experience. I tasted flavour combos I'd never tried before. I bet if Anthony Bourdain had been able to do a Lewes episode he would've loved it. Happy Kokedama is here! And I walked past a pub afterwards to overhear the people outside rhapsodising about it too. That's a buzz.

                                          38. CL

                                            CharlotteL

                                            Brighton

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 12 November 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The food and service at Kokedama was excellent and we honestly couldn't fault it. We had a fantastic evening out, with the top highlights being the coconut espresso martinis and the sourdough ice cream! This is a lovely restaurant for a meal out or special occasion and we would thoroughly recommend it.

                                          39. HS

                                            HannahS

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 30 October 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Amazing vegan tasting menu, such a special place. Would definitely recommend.

                                          40. N

                                            Niki

                                            London

                                            7 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            7 reviews

                                            Dined on 29 October 2021

                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                            Finally a decent restaurant in Lewes! Whether you are vegan or not, the food is excellent. Great service and attention to detail throughout. We will definitely be coming back and would highly recommend.

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                                          Kokedama is rated 4.8 stars by 43 OpenTable diners.

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                                          Google Map for Kokedama

                                          Kokedama Restaurant 36 East Street Brighton, East Sussex Bn1 1hl

                                          Dining areas

                                          Additional information

                                          • Area

                                            Brighton

                                          • Hours of Operation

                                            Wed 12:00–22:00 Thu–Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–21:00

                                          • Cuisines

                                            Vegan, Vegetarian / Vegan, Tapas / Small Plates

                                          • Dining style

                                            Casual Elegant

                                          • Dress Code

                                            Casual Dress

                                          • Parking Details

                                            None

                                          • Public Transit

                                            15 Minutes from Brighton train station

                                          • Payment Options

                                            AMEX, Contactless Payment, MasterCard, Visa

                                          • Executive Chef

                                            Jake Swayne

                                          • Additional

                                            Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wine

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