This isn't going to be a pretty story. To be honest, it's been a while since I've felt the need to upturn furniture in a restaurant but luckily the tables at Velo are very, very heavy.
Sat in prime position at the heart of the rejuvenated Level development, sandwiched between one of Brighton's most creative children's play areas (nice one Council!) and a brilliant skate park, the Velo cycling cafe captures a bounty of passing trade in it's greedy net. The cafe itself is well designed with a great outside area and pretty much everything about it is wonderful. Apart from the food and service speed it seems. After a Tweet of annoyance, my notification feed came piling in with similar comments. My work colleagues have given it a few shots, always returning late from their break and moaning about prices.
The menu has been streamlined. Well, there didn't seem to be any menu, just what was available in the display; a couple of salads, some sandwiches, a sausage roll. That sort of thing. There is a children's menu which compromises of an uninspired sandwich selection, drink and fruit. Oh and there's a pizza list.
The salad I ordered, with fridge cold strips of watery courgette, tinned chickpeas, an apologetic dressing of harrisa, a few herbs and lemon juice at £6.75 had to be returned. The lack of flavour was almost impressive. Staff were nice enough about the return, and in general were very polite if painfully slow.
My replacement sandwich (£4.75) was, a sandwich. Nice enough but it's the one thing I never order out. I'll describe it to you just to lengthen the food review a bit. Luckily the bread was good...um...they had spread it with butter, the cheddar was ok, the relish was ok (no doubt from a jar) and the rocket was a bit sad. There you go. A sandwich review.
The Level, Brighton BN1 4ZN