Posted 2nd February 2014
My first experience of Cafe Kino on Cheltenham Road, Stokes Croft was in 2012 as judge for the Bristol Good Food awards. I have to say I was very impressed.
A not-for-profit co-operative which is owned and run by the workers, Cafe Kino offers vegan and vegetarian made with organic and locally sourced ingredients at reasonable prices.
Decor is casual with walls adorned with the local artwork and music posters you come to expect from cafes in Stokes Croft. On my first visit, I arrived with my veggie friend Ceri in tow to get her opinions on the fare on offer.
Our veggie burgers were good. Very good in fact with Ceri announcing that it was one of the best she had tasted. Filling, lots of flavour, not too stodgy. I was pleased with the regular and sweet potato fries on the side and washed my meal down with some of the local, organic soft drinks available.
Since that first visit, I’ve been back to visit Cafe Kino time and time again. Usually for coffee and one of their homemade cakes. Some of the cakes and flapjacks are fantastic – with great flavours, the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee. As a non-vegan I find that I notice the lack of eggs and butter in some of the vegan offerings, putting them on the crumbly side.
Kino may not be for those in search of posh nosh, if you are looking for a touch of glamour with your coffee and cake then this probably isn’t the place for you. But if its a good selection of vegetarian and vegan food, homemade with locally sourced ingredients and served with a generous helping of decent ethics you have found your place.
Verdict: Good food served with great ethics at reasonable prices. For a kick-ass veggie burger this is the place.
108 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RU
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