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Bonsai Plant Kitchen

South-East Asian-inspired dishes cooked on a Binchotan grill. Ultimately delicious food, innovative cocktails and cool vibes at Bonsai Plant Kitchen on Baker Street. Winner of THE BRAVO for Best Vegan Food 2024.


The dark exterior of Bonsai Plant Kitchen on Brighton’s unassuming Baker Street has something of the allure of a Soho private members club; tinted windows concealing what’s within. Step in from the street and you’re instantly immersed. 

Dragon artwork on the wall at Bonsai Plant Kitchen with a shelf of bottle beer. Located on Baker Street in Brighton. Featured in our veganuary guide

Bonsai Plant Kitchen engages all the senses at once. The main dining room is arranged around the busy open kitchen and is hand-decorated with Japanese-style murals and pink neon features. There’s an izakaya den to the side with bench booths for groups of 2 and 3 people. The modern soundtrack is faultlessly cool and, in the evenings, it gets pretty loud. It’s a vibe; things are happening and it’s lots of fun. 

The 100% plant-based South-East Asian inspired menu is largely cooked in the open kitchen on a Binchotan grill using white charcoal (wood carbonised in a kiln). This fills the restaurant with delicious fragrance, whetting the appetite from the get-go, and gives the food its distinctive, subtle and ultimately delicious flavour.

over head shot if the brown table at Bonsai Plant Kitchen laid out with vegan small plates and cocktails

Most days, lunch at Bonsai Plant Kitchen is a simple affair with a great value set menu and steaming bowls of ramen. It’s perfect for busy foodies. But the evening menu is a masterclass in the limitless delights of plant-based cooking. Chef and owner Dom Sherriff sources the freshest produce and the best available meat alternatives to ensure the culinary integrity of every dish and the result is a delight. 

Bonsai Plant Kitchen - dish in the black bowl

Umami reigns supreme at Bonsai. Snack on homemade kimchi and pickles, then order from a selection of crunchy tempura, banh mi sliders, small plates of fresh salad, mouthwatering dumplings or spring rolls and skewers from the Bincho grill. Don’t miss out on the ‘dirty rice’ – though we warn you – try it once and you’ll be obsessed. 

Bonsai Plant Kitchen

On top of all this, there are always exciting seasonal specials, mouthwatering desserts and juicy-fresh cocktails (and mocktails) to choose from. You’ll be given a paper menu to mark your order on. Take your time, order more, this is no time for regrets. 

pink cocktail and water with lemon on the table

Bonsai Plant Kitchen was one of the most celebrated venues in THE BRAVOS 2024 winning Best Vegan Food and placing in Best Restaurant, Best Cocktail, Best Team and Best International Cuisine. Oh and Grace Dent loves it too…


The cool, new garden area with a few tables and a bar where you can drink and snack alfresco on a summer’s eve. Sun or rain, there’s a clever little shelter if you need it. No bookings. 

THE ESSENTIALS – Bonsai Plant Kitchen

  • Family Friendly
    Kids with adventurous palates are welcome to enjoy Bonsai at lunch time though there is no dedicated menu. Parents of really little ones should note that there are no highchairs or formal changing facilities. Teens are welcome in the evenings.
  • Allergy Friendly
    As well as being vegan, the food at Bonsai is nut-free. The knowledgeable staff will be happy to discuss options for those with allergies. Feel free to ring in advance. 
  • Inclusive
    Everyone is welcome at Bonsai Plant Kitchen. 
  • Alfresco
    There is a bijou garden dining space behind the restaurant for alfresco dining. Well behaved dogs are welcome in this area (but not in the dining room).
  • Night Life
    Party while you dine at Bonsai’s once a month DJ night. 


Bonsai Plant Kitchen composts its food waste through the local Whitehawk Community Food Project. 


  1. Douglas Ponsford

    You are greeted with a friendly smiling face as soon as you walk through the door. The setting is clean lines, modern and comfortable. Drinks menu is fantastic and the wine is top quality. This 100% plant based restaurant serves up the best Vegan food you will find anywhere prepared by the owner chef and his small team. Service by front of house is excellent being most helpful in choosing from the ever changing menu of the most beautiful dishes on offer.
    Having visited vegan only hotels and restaurants around the world dedicated to delivering only the best vegan food available, I award this establishment my #1 choice and will gladly travel 2 hours to enjoy this superb experience again.

  2. Taylor

    This venue and their food is outstanding. Dishes packed with flavour. Love the vibe in here. I’m not a vegan , just love trying new places. They do Ramen bowl lunches so I will be back

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