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Nanima Asian Kitchen & Café

Savour the exquisite flavours of Nanima Asian Kitchen in Brighton, where culinary artistry and Asian-inspired cuisine come together for an unforgettable dining experience.

Occupying a prominent position, on a corner in Kemptown’s pretty village, the vibrant colours of Nanima Brighton’s attractive facade invite you in. This friendly neighbourhood restaurant is family-run and prides itself on the cheerful, personal welcome you get when you walk through the door, making it a great favourite with the local community. The location is prime for people working in the area, especially at the nearby hospital and school. But word of Nanima’s unique daily-changing selection of freshly prepared of delicious, authentic, pan-Asian dishes is spreading and new customers are being drawn from across the city and beyond.

exterior shot of the Nanima Brighton, pink and black walls and chairs and tables as a part of outdoor seating

Nanima Brighton has a cosy layout with seats for around 20 customers, three tables inside and benches to perch on if it’s sunny out. Open for business from 10am, it is a great place for breakfast, coffee, a snack, lunch or a takeaway. Nanima also serves dinner until 8pm on weekdays and 9pm on the weekend. Customers are encouraged to take their time to explore the wonderful variety of options from the daily-changing offerings and stay as long as they like. Nanima Brighton is licensed and serves a wide range of Asian bottled beers, draft Cobra and Soul Tree Indian wine – which is made to pair with spiced foods. They’re closed on Sundays and Mondays.  

people sitting by the brown wooden tables inside the Nanima Brighton and waiting their food orders

A Family Business

Nanima’s chef and co-owner Nicky was a talented home cook whose family and friends persuaded her to offer the wider public a chance to enjoy her deep knowledge of Asian cuisine and delicious dishes. Just three years ago, Nicky and her husband Lonnie opened Nanima with the ambition to create a genuinely independent, intimate and relaxed place to hang out and eat Nicky’s great food. Lonnie now manages the front-of-house where customers value the time he takes to explain dishes on the menu. You’ll often find their kids and other family members helping out in the restaurant which gives the place a very special feel. 

 a man and a woman, owners of the venue behind the desk preparing food to be served

Authentic Asian Cuisine at Nanima Brighton

Nanima Brighton offers a daily-changing, seasonally-led selection of authentic Asian dishes from across the continent and includes, but are not limited to, specialities from India, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Afghanistan. Every plate is freshly-prepared – on site – by Nicky and her small team. When you arrive, you are invited to choose from a wide selection laid out on a hot counter before you. You will be encouraged to create your perfect combination from what’s on offer with generous portions of their hearty food. 

wooden brown table laid out with dishes including plantain, fried chicken, burger, fries, dumplings

There isn’t a set menu at Nanima Brighton since every day sees a different selection of dishes from Nicky’s wide repertoire. Some examples of main courses include Madras Lamb & Potato Curry, Vietnamese Ginger Chicken with Honey & Ginger, Goan Pork Belly with Mustard Seed, Szechuan Salmon with Pak Choi and Filipino Adobo Chicken. 

over head shot of the wooden brown table laid out with dishes including plantain, fried chicken, burger, fries, dumplings

There are always non-vegetarian specials, vegetarian dishes and many vegan options plus rice and noodles on offer. Typical vegetarian/vegan options include Indonesian Sambal Aubergine, Mushroom & Kale Korma, Spinach & Paneer Pastry, Punjabi Aloo Chana and Sweet Potato Casserole. 

Mushroom & Kale Korma served in brown wooden bowl at Nanima Brighton

Each day there two or three pots of hot soup on offer which might be Japanese Mixed Mushroom, Thai Tom Kha, Beetroot and Coconut with Cumin or Chinese Chicken Congee. Whatever it is, it is sure to provide exotic flavours and deep umami comfort in a bowl. 

Nicky at Nanima taking food from metal boxes to serve to guests

Singapore Laksa and Thai Papaya Salad are Nanima’s signature dishes. They’re only available as weekend specials and always sell out, so arrive early or ring ahead to avoid disappointment. On weekend mornings, you can also enjoy a zingy chilli masala omelette, wrapped in paratha and stuffed with paneer, while you read the paper in peace.

Cafe delights at Nanima Brighton

Open from 10am, Nanima Brighton offers freshly ground Union Hand-roasted Coffee plus a dazzling range of speciality teas –  including some house blends – and a full range of dairy and plant-based milk. Nanima lovingly brews up authentic Vietnamese coffee each morning which is traditionally served with a teaspoon of condensed milk as well as Indian spiced chai and moorish mango lassi. You can also order fresh juices, smoothies, bubble tea and shakes. 

black board on the pink wall at the Nanima with restaurants drink offering

There is a counter heaving with home-made cakes, pastries, flapjacks, sandwiches and delicious custard tarts. A great selection of enticing Asian-inspired sandwiches like Vietnamese Bahn-mi appear mid morning swiftly followed by irresistible snacks like homemade samosas and pakoras, spring rolls and spicy chicken wings. 

pastry and cakes

Nanima Brighton welcomes customers all day for coffee, cakes, sandwiches and snacks. You’re welcome to set up on one of their cafe tables, use the wifi, and remote work in Nanima while you enjoy the delicious treats on offer.  

There is also a small room at the back which you can book for a dinner party or working lunch. Lonnie and Nicky are happy to discuss catering options for external events. 


  1. Craig

    Nanima provides super tasty Asian delicacies that brings joy to the heart and mind!! It’s tje first time we’ve visited this charming restaurant located about 10 mins walk to the town centre. The flavours of each dish we tried are incredible with different mains and sides made each day to bring variety to the community and discerning traveller.

    We were also impressed with the owners caring hospitality, providing sample foods and encouraging us to try other dishes – all made fresh on site each day.

    You can eat on site or take away but where ever you choose to eat the food, it will not disappoint. We are certainly returning to this restaurant when we’re back in Brighton.

  2. Dominique

    I recently took my sister here for lunch and we were blown away by all the options! The food was delicious, authentic and flavourful, Nicky and Lonnie are clearly passionate about the experience they’re creating for the customers. The atmosphere was welcoming, relaxed yet vibrant, and there’s a real community feel there. We tried the Banoffee vegan cake for dessert which was ridiculously yummy – would highly recommend!!

  3. Sandy

    Return visit long overdue, even though I’d told everyone including the lady at bus stop how great it was. Anticipation & expectation again met fully. Taste & textures sublime. Warm welcome each time a given. Pure joy!

  4. amelia bell-ward

    Absolutely fabulous place, delicious food and lovely owners. Would recommend to anyone and everyone

  5. Justin

    Love Nanima, love their pan-asian home-stay style lush grub, love the vibe in their restaurant, love the cake, and big love to Nicky, Lonnie and Bea for having a sweet spot in Kemptown…

  6. Rebekah

    Nanima is one of my favourite places to eat. Run by a lovely family, giving good vibes and offering delicious food. You can taste the LOVE in every mouthful. I’d eat there every day if I could.

  7. Satty

    Great home cooked food in a cosy family run restaurant. Authentic Asian tastes and yummy cakes as well. A must do if in Brighton

  8. Edward O’Sullivan

    I eat at Nanima regularly and the food never falls short of outstanding. The menu changes daily with wonderful dishes from all over Asia. From Malaysia to Myanmar to Afghanistan. Vegans and vegetarians are very well catered for as are meat eaters. And don’t get me started on the cakes. I really cannot recommend this place enough.

  9. Lila

    amazing food, a great atmosphere and friendly staff always makes for a lovely meal

  10. Janetsweetly

    Love love love Nanima! The best food in the eastern part of the city for sure, and fantastic coffee and sweets and homemade pickles and everything! Family-run, warm and friendly, cosy with lovely decor and healthy plants, it’s like coming home to be served by Mum. But better! If I lived in Kemptown I’d be there every day.

  11. Oliver Steel

    What a hidden gem – wonderful healthy authentic pan asian delicacies .. really nice husband/wife team.

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