Kimos on Mount Pleasant is a popular Mediterranean cafe in Liverpool loved by students. When they’re sick of baked beans and pasta, they head here to grab some tasty budget nosh. Besides being relatively cheap, this place is comfortable and inviting. Moroccan-style interiors feature piles of colourful eclectic cushions, mosaic table tops, rustic seating and numerous metal ceiling lamps of different shapes and tones.
When I was a Liverpool student a few years ago (ha, who am I kidding, it was nearly a decade ago now!), I would come in here for a pitta filled with chicken and salad. I remember it being absolutely delicious and dirt cheap. There’s another smaller Kimos located in Myrtle Street right across the road from the arts centre at Liverpool Community College where I began my journalism training back in 2007.
This time around, years since my last visit, it was an unusually quiet Sunday afternoon; not just in the cafe but everywhere. What could possibly be the reason for the city centre being almost empty at the weekend? There was a football match on of course! Liverpool was busy winning against Manchester City so many people had abandoned the shops in favour of the pub.
When we arrived at Kimos, R&B hits from early noughties were playing and the cafe was practically empty. So we headed for one of the comfy seats propped up with cushions that are the first to get filled when it’s busy.
I went with the Moroccan tea, which came in an authentic metal teapot, and a lovely fresh tabouleh salad, while Andy had a mixed kebab served with chips, pitta bread and salad, along with a diet coke. I’ve had a taste for tabouleh salad ever since being introduced to the amazing Middle Eastern food served at the Aladdin Restaurant in Manchester. Our lunch cost around £18 altogether – not too shabby at all! Please note: they do not accept card payments here. It’s cash only.
38-44 Mount Pleasant