Today we’ll be reviewing Kitchen Mouse!

Just your average local organic family-run business

Kitchen Mouse is a little cafe-ish place in Highland Park, with a strong vegan influence. It’s relatively new, opened in May 2014, and is a prominent symbol of the growth that’s been happening in Highland Park.

Sneak shot

Once inside you can tell there was a lot of effort put into giving the interior a specific aesthetic. It is beautiful but I wouldn’t say necessarily unique. I’ve noticed a lot of the same themes reflected in many other newly opened restaurants in LA (Sqirl and Commissary come to mind). Basically just imagine that someone automatically generated a restaurant from all the photos in Instagram and you’ll have something vaguely resembling Kitchen Mouse.

Obviously not real chalk

In line with the instagram-tastemaker aesthetics of the place, the menu features simple classic dishes each composed of a curated set of ingredients. Something is actually different here though… nearly everything on the menu is vegan! Their non-vegan items are isolated to their breakfast menu, in which eggs are the defining ingredient.

"Order Flag"

Here’s the kitchen mouse flying a plane. At least I’m guessing this is the kitchen mouse. Right? What other mouse would it be? Though you’d think the kitchen mouse would be in the kitchen cooking or something. Looking at it now, it kind of reminds me of that show “The Busy World of Richard Scarry.”

By the way, does anyone know what these things are called? Those things that casual food places give you to put on your table so the servers know who gets what. I’m just going to call it an “order flag.”

Yum!

I ordered the Buffalo Bowl. What can I say? I’m a sucker for buffalo sauce. I also got the veggie patties for an extra $1.

SUPER YUM

Apologies for the poor framing of this picture but I like to get up close shots. I didn’t regret ordering this in the least. Everything was fresh and seasoned just right. I only wish there was more!

As much as I want to tease Kitchen Mouse for being yet another marketing gimmick for gentrified brunch-going millienial contemporary conformists, the strong commitment to veganism really impresses me. Maybe it’s just me but I think Kitchen Mouse is a bit undercover about their veganism. Not that I have any problem with that. It would just be more proof that you can serve really good vegan cuisine that appeals to non-vegans.