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Best Asian Restaurants in Brighton

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Asian Restaurants in Brighton

A selection of Japanese food at the restaurant Wabi Sabi, served on a dark wooden table.

Wabi Sabi in Hove is a captivating Japanese restaurant offering an artful fusion of tradition and modernity. Named after the Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection, Wabi Sabi showcases a menu filled with expertly crafted sushi, sashimi, and contemporary Japanese dishes. With its elegant ambiance and skilled chefs, diners can indulge in delightful creations like the Dragon Roll, a tantalising mix of eel and avocado, or the Wagyu Beef Tataki, a melt-in-your-mouth delight. For an authentic and exceptional Japanese dining experience, Wabi Sabi is a must-visit restaurant in Hove.

Bonsai Plant Kitchen, an award-winning restaurant, draws inspiration from South-East Asian cuisine, with all dishes cooked on a Binchotan grill. The main dining area is thoughtfully arranged around a bustling open kitchen and adorned with hand-decorated Japanese-style murals and pink neon features, creating a vibrant and lively atmosphere. Additionally, there’s an izakaya den featuring bench booths for two, adding to the restaurant’s unique charm. The modern soundtrack sets the tone, adding to the cool ambiance, especially during lively evenings. Bonsai Plant Kitchen offers set menu lunches and delicious ramen bowls from Wednesday to Saturday, providing guests with a delightful culinary experience.

Moshimo is a renowned and award-winning sustainable Japanese restaurant located in the Brighton Lanes. With a commitment to ethical dining, Moshimo offers a delightful menu featuring fresh sushi, bento boxes, and delectable vegan options. Their iconic building, resembling a traditional Japanese floating lantern, adds to the captivating atmosphere. As pioneers in sustainable dining, Moshimo is dedicated to responsible sourcing, and their Fish Love campaign has garnered international support. With its top-quality cuisine, eco-conscious approach, and stunning setting, Moshimo is a must-visit destination for Japanese food enthusiasts in Brighton.

Blossoms Brighton, an award-winning cocktail bar and restaurant, which proudly stands as the ‘izakaya’ of the Lanes—a laid-back Japanese eatery and watering hole where friends and family gather to unwind. Their menu features an array of delectable small plates including gyoza, bao buns, tempura, fresh sushi, yakitori, and not forgetting the dessert menu – we love the Miso Chocolate Brownie! 

Nanima restaurant in Brighton is a hidden gem for Asian food enthusiasts. Nestled in Kemptown’s vibrant village, this family-run eatery offers a delightful fusion of flavours from across Asia. From aromatic Thai curries to authentic Chinese stir-fries, and mouthwatering Japanese sushi, Nanima’s menu caters to diverse palates. The warm and personal welcome, along with the intimate ambiance, create a relaxed dining experience. Locals and visitors alike are drawn to Nanima’s unique daily-changing selection of freshly prepared, delicious, and authentic pan-Asian dishes. For an unforgettable culinary journey through Asia, Nanima is the perfect destination. Nanima is new addition to this top ten in 2022/ 23 and a standout addition to our Asian restaurants Brighton guide.

New in 2023. Fumi, a captivating Japanese restaurant in Brighton’s new Circus Quarter, offers a delightful experience from dawn to dusk. From lunchtime sushi to evening sashimi and robata grill delights, Fumi’s menu boasts a wide array of Japanese culinary wonders. The Brighton restaurant’s design-led decor creates a stylish and inviting ambiance, making it perfect for an intimate dinner or a leisurely lunch with friends. With its impeccable service and a diverse selection of Asian dishes, Fumi is a must-visit destination for any food enthusiast seeking an authentic taste of Japan in the heart of Brighton.

Curry Leaf Cafe, nestled in Brighton’s vibrant Lanes, offers a delightful fusion of South Indian flavours and a cool, contemporary ambiance. Step inside and be captivated by the lively interior and friendly atmosphere. Indulge in their authentic South Indian cuisine, ranging from aromatic curries to mouthwatering dosas. The cafe boasts a fantastic selection of craft beers, perfect for pairing with their flavourful dishes. Vegans will find a wide range of delectable options to choose from, making it a haven for plant-based food lovers. Experience the true essence of South India at Curry Leaf Cafe.

Located in Brighton’s historic Lanes, Dishoom’s Permit Room is a vibrant Indian restaurant with a cosy atmosphere. Indulge in a delicious menu of small plates and nibbles paired with fantastic cocktails. Don’t miss the fabulous breakfasts, especially the loaded Naan Rolls. On Wednesday evenings, a live DJ sets the soundtrack, creating a lively atmosphere to complement the great food and drinks. Rain or shine, day or night, the Permit Room has you covered.

The Mesmerist pub in Brighton offers a tantalising Umami menu that caters to food enthusiasts seeking a burst of flavour. Umami, the fifth taste sensation, is expertly incorporated into their dishes, adding a savoury and satisfying dimension to the culinary experience. From mouthwatering Umami burgers to delectable vegan options, the menu delights taste buds with a diverse range of flavours. Combined with this Brighton pub’s charming ambiance and lively atmosphere, the Umami menu at The Mesmerist promises an unforgettable dining adventure for all guests. The Mesmerist also has one of the best roof gardens in Brighton. 

Explore the vibrant world of Asian cuisine at Shelter Hall, home to Little Bao Boy. Offering a delightful menu of mouth-watering Bao Buns and Bowls, crafting a fusion of traditional and contemporary flavours. Indulge in the rich and diverse tastes of Asia with a visit to Little Bao Boy at Shelter Hall, right on the Brighton seafront.

Lucky Khao is a beloved Northern Thai restaurant in Kemptown, Brighton. This popular Asian restaurant entices diners with an array of tantalising dishes inspired by the bold and aromatic flavours of Northern Thai cuisine. Indulge in their signature Khao Soi, a rich and fragrant coconut curry noodle soup, or savour the spicy and tangy Som Tum papaya salad. For a truly authentic and unforgettable dining experience, Lucky Khao is the go-to destination for food enthusiasts seeking a taste of Northern Thailand in a modern open dining setting. Sign up to the Lucky Khao newsletter for special events. collaborations and discounts. 

Unithai restaurant in Hove, Thai restaurant in Hove. Pictured dish 6B

Unithai, Thai restaurant

Unithai Thai Restaurant (and market) in Hove really is a hidden treasure for Thai cuisine lovers. Nestled in a very small dining area at the back of their Thai market, diners can savour authentic flavours in a unique setting. Open daily from 11:30 am, the restaurant offers a delightful array of Thai dishes, prepared with care and expertise. Whether you’re a local or visitor, the combination of a supermarket and restaurant makes Unithai a truly special experience, providing a taste of Thailand right in the heart of Hove. No pre bookings, first come first served basis. Get there very early!

Kitgum Kitchen in the vibrant Preston Circus area of Brighton offers a unique fusion of Asian and African cuisine, resulting in a delightful blend of flavours and textures. Their innovative sharing plates concept allows diners to experience an array of dishes, perfect for exploring new taste sensations with friends and family. The restaurant’s commitment to culinary excellence has earned them accolades, including the prestigious title of “Best International Food” at the BRAVO Awards 2023, making Kitgum Kitchen a must-visit destination for those seeking an award-winning dining experience with a twist.