Restaurant Brighton's guide to
New Brighton restaurants
Our top picks
Anakuma, the latest Asian addition to our restaurants in Brighton, opened its doors in November 2023 on Preston Street. Offering Asian small plates, bao buns, cocktails, and a vibrant atmosphere, it is the sister restaurant to Halisco. Delight in dishes such as crispy pork belly, soy glazed pork cheek bao, chicken scotch egg with katsu curry, and corn ribs with a gochujang glaze and sesame. Visit them at 50 Preston Street.
Picture credit: Anakuma Instagram
Coming soon – The Coal Shed, North St
Relocation, Spring 2024
The Coal Shed restaurant will relocate from its current space on Boyce Street, to North St, to a new 142 cover Brighton restaurant. The new look Coal Shed will feature a grand main dining room situated in a historic orangery with soaring glass ceilings. Additionally, there will be three private dining spaces capable of accommodating up to 60 guests. The dining experience will revolve around an open-fire kitchen, showcasing coal-grilling theatrics for their premium steaks and seafood. A dedicated on-site aging room for meats will further enhance the culinary offerings. The bar area, a long-standing aspiration of Helalat for The Coal Shed, will boast a relaxed yet sophisticated ambiance with banquet seating, round tables, and a crescent-shaped bar adorned with plush stools. This realisation marks the fulfilment of a longstanding dream for Raz Helalat, and it’s exciting to see it come to life in this new Brighton restaurant. Read more.
The Blue Man Café Bar
Relocated November 2023
For fans of the Blue Man, there’s exciting news as it has found a new home in the North Laine area of Brighton (opposite La Choza), continuing its nomadic style. Expect the same delightful offerings, including amazing merguez sausages, tagines, koftas, and more. This is Algerian Street Food at its best, and the best part is that no bookings are required—simply turn up and enjoy. Photo credit: Blue Man Facebook.
Little Bao Boy at Shelter Hall
Introducing Little Bao Boy, the latest independent sensation to join Shelter Hall. Hailing from Leeds, this street food trader offers a unique fusion of homemade bao buns and traditional Asian cuisine with a contemporary Western twist.
The story behind Little Bao Boy is a tale of passion and family heritage. Founder James, who began his culinary journey in his parents’ North East noodle shop, learned the art of flavour and exceptional service. While studying in Leeds, he immersed himself in the vibrant food scene, nurturing his dream of creating his own food brand.
Conchita’s Mexican Kitchen
Shelter Hall proudly introduces Conchita’s Mexican Kitchen, a vibrant addition to their culinary lineup. Prepare your tastebuds for a journey to the heart of Mexico with mouthwatering tortas, flavourful bowls, irresistible nachos, and signature salsas.
Conchita’s story is one of passion and heritage. Javier, the visionary behind this venture, draws inspiration from his Mexican grandmother, crafting recipes passed down for over a century. Hailing from lower Manhattan, Javier’s love for food culture and storytelling brought him to the world of gastronomy, where he now shares these beloved flavours with Brighton’s residents and visitors. Explore a menu steeped in tradition and relish the authentic taste of Mexico.
Permit Room by Dishoom
Opened October 2023
Permit Room is a delightful culinary addition to Brighton Lanes. This charming all day bar-cafe pays homage to the hidden permit rooms of 1940s Bombay. With a focus on delivering a taste of India’s finest, Permit Room offers a delectable menu featuring irresistible bar snacks, shareable plates, and beloved Dishoom classics. Whether you’re kicking off your day with a Bacon Naan Roll or sipping on a cocktail that echoes Bombay’s vibrant history, The Permit Room ensures round-the-clock deliciousness. With the option for reservations and a welcoming atmosphere for walk-ins, this spot caters to all, making it a must-visit for Brighton residents looking to savour a taste of Bombay in their own city.
Opened: July 2023
Serving a high quality, seasonal produce-led menu, Johnny Stanford has recently opened Tern on Worthing pier. With locality being important to Tern, they source their ingredients from British suppliers and farmers. Stanford takes humble ingredients and elevates them to a fine dining quality. Accessible, laid-back fine dining, with professional service and impeccable detail. Choose from the five or seven course tasting menus. There’s also a brunch menu and a wine list championing British wines. Photo credit: Tern Facebook
Wabi Sabi Restaurant in Hove is new restaurant which captures the essence of Japanese cuisine with its authentic and innovative dishes. Situated in a cosy corner of the city, Wabi Sabi invites diners to embark on a culinary journey filled with delicate flavours and impeccable presentation. The menu showcases a harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary Japanese dishes, from sushi and sashimi to mouthwatering ramen bowls and delectable small plates. The serene and minimalist interior design reflects the concept of wabi-sabi, embracing imperfections and finding beauty in simplicity. With attentive service and a wide selection of sake and Japanese-inspired cocktails, Wabi Sabi Restaurant promises a truly enchanting dining experience.
Located in The Circus Quarter, this Japanese inspired neighbourhood restaurant offers ‘a slow moving restaurant in a fast moving city’. A delightful elevated dining experience that combines traditional Asian flavours with modern twists. The seasonally changing menu boasts a tantalising array of sushi, sashimi, and creative small plates, expertly crafted by skilled chefs using the freshest ingredients. From the moment you step inside, the elegant yet cosy ambiance embraces you, creating a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. With impeccable service and a carefully curated wine and cocktail selection, Fumi Restaurant promises an unforgettable journey through the rich flavours of Asia.
REDROASTER AT BRIGHTON DOME
Redroaster Brighton has opened a fabulous new restaurant right in the heart of Brighon’s New Road theatreland. Redroaster at Brighton Dome features a covered and heated private terrace overlooking the Royal Pavilion Gardens, covered alfresco dining on New Road as well as a sumptuous restaurant in the Brighton Dome itself. There’ll be Redroaster’s signature house roasted coffee and award winning cocktails on offer. And with its elegant, modern styling, delicious all-day menu and wine list from The Guardian’s Zeren Wilson, we think this new restaurant is likely to become a city-centre hotspot – perfect for pre and post theatre – or any time really!
Shelter Hall – RYBKA, Cairovan
Cairovan: 4th May 2023 RYBKA: 27th April 2023
Brighton’s Shelter Hall, a popular seafront venue, has recently added two new pop-up restaurants to its lineup – RYBKA and Cairovan. The latter, which is making a return, serves contemporary Egyptian street food prepared with British produce, including meat sourced from a nearby farm in Ditchling. Guests can indulge in a range of dishes, from open wraps to fresh salad bowls bursting with flavour.
RYBKA, on the other hand, specialises in serving responsibly sourced fish and chips, with a particular focus on sustainability. Their menu features a vegan ‘calamari’ option, made with miso batter, which promises to be a hit with both vegans and non-vegans alike.
Plotting Parlour – Hove
This summer, the BRAVO Best Cocktail winners are set to open a new venue in Hove – the Plotting Parlour. Boasting expertly crafted cocktails and award-winning mixologists, the new bar will also serve small plates of delicious food to perfectly accompany your drinks. With its prime location on Church Road, it’ll be the perfect spot for a pre or post-dinner drink and a must-visit destination for cocktail lovers.
Opened: April 2023
Located on York Place in central Brighton, Burger Nation is a new burger restaurant with a 1960s American diner-style vibe. The menu features classic gourmet and vegetarian options, as well as “Around the World” burgers, including Spanish, Greek, and Mexican-style burgers. Customers can choose to dine in, collect their order, or have it delivered.
Deja Vu Hove
Opened: April 2023
Deja Vu is a brand new, spacious bistro located on Church Road in Hove. The cafe serves a variety of delicious brunch dishes, including creamy sage mushrooms with truffle oil on toasted sourdough and Turkish eggs, alongside mouth-watering pastries and amazing coffee. Guests can also enjoy classic brunch drinks like the Bloody Mary. With its cosy ambiance and delectable menu, Deja Vu promises to be a go-to destination for brunch lovers in Hove.
Opened: 3 May 2023
Salt Shed, the open fire cooking sensation founded by two friends from Sussex Uni, Laurence and Frank, have been serving their food across some of London’s top food halls since 2017 and had a residency at Brighton’s Shelter Hall. They have returned to Brighton with their very own restaurant located on Church Street. Salt Shed will tantalise meat lovers with an array of mouth-watering dishes cooked on the open fire, including juicy burgers, pastrami steak, and more. See what Torsten thought of their Uber-tasty fired meats.
Newly added to Brighton’s top cocktail bar family in 2023, Twisted Lanes has taken up residence on Duke Street. Unlike its sibling bars, this venue not only serves impeccable, masterfully created cocktails, but also boasts an exceptional food menu. So you can indulge in delectable South African-inspired small plates, brunches and lunches. To complete your visit, a delightful team awaits to ensure your experience is thoroughly enjoyable.
Opened: March 6th 2023
Malika has reopened at its new home on Kings Road. By relocating from Brighton Marina to its new sea facing location, Malika has made it a lot easier for us all to take advantage of the delicious cuisine that’s served there. You can expect authentic Indian food along with a few twists such as the British classic – fish and chips. It’s open seven days a week from 12pm until late. Serving lunch 12pm-5pm where there are tasty Indian street food dishes along with fish and chips or burgers. In the evening the à la carte menu is served until 9.30pm, which has a large range of delicious Indian dishes. Or if you’re just looking for a drink, there’s plenty of choice – from beers, wine and cider to champagne, cocktails and mocktails.
Opened: April 3rd 2023
Two Brighton-based acclaimed chefs – Dave Marrow (previously head chef at Terre a Terre) and Isaac Bartlett-Copelend (chef patron of Isaac At) – have joined forces to open Embers on 3rd April. The first of its kind for restaurants in Brighton – Embers will be stripping back modern technology in the kitchen and using a Medieval wood-fire cage to cook on over hot embers. The blazing fire cage will be in the heart of the restaurant where guests can enjoy the theatrical cooking style. Dishes will be served with the idea to share – creating a relaxed atmosphere and following Embers ancestral cooking ethos. The produce will be locally sourced and there will be a large focus on cocktails with the classics alongside bespoke cocktails that embody the smoky and fiery flavours. Long-time friends Marrow and Bartlett-Copeland are taking their previous classical culinary experience and training into a new, accessible setting with feudal cooking techniques. Located on Meeting House Lane in the historic Brighton Lanes area, the 42-cover restaurant will be a dining and late-night spot with further seating outside covered by an awning.
New Brighton Restaurants | Dilsk
Opened: April 12th 2023
With sustainability its focus, Dilsk will offer a tasting menu which has been inspired by the South Coast and located at Drakes Hotel. Tom Stephens and Madeline Riches have worked together at 64 Degrees and are now opening their Brighton restaurant Dilsk. There will be a 28 seat dining room followed by a later opening of a 12 seat private dining room. The menu will offer a five course tasting menu for £55 or 10 courses for £95.
Mowgli Street Food
Opened: 24th February 2023
Starting in Manchester, Mowgli is now a nationwide chain celebrating how Indians eat at home and has now arrived to open the first restaurant in Brighton. With fresh and healthy dishes, Mowgli offers casual instead of intimate dining. Founder of Mowgli, Nisha, is a food writer with a number of published cookbooks and regularly appearing on television and radio. Choose from the delicious mains or small plates, the roulette tiffin boxes are a fun way to try more flavours with their being a surprise of what you’ll get.
Opened: 9th February 2023
Carne has opened a Hove restaurant serving a meat focused menu with locally and sustainably sourced produce. Simple dishes will be featured on the menu with beef being the hero ingredient. Carne is created by the founder of Great British Charcuterie, Phil Bartley. There’s a cocktail bar offering pre-dinner drinks created by Steve Pineau of L’Atelier du Vin. British wines will be on the wine list with expert advice on-hand.
Brighton Cocktail Company
Opened: December 2023
Brighton Cocktail Company is a new Brighton bar and kitchen in Seven Dials, Brighton. Shannon, the founder, wanted to create a space for connecting and celebrating the diversity of life. Brighton Cocktail Company always uses locally sourced spirits and ingredients where possible. The Brighton food menu consists of small plates to complement drinks. From signature cocktails to classics with a twist, there’s also beer, wine and a large selection of alcoholic-free beverages.
Shelter Hall – Ivan Mazemen
Opened: 10th February
A new pop-up has opened at Brighton seafront’s bustling Shelter Hall. For the first time in the UK, Ivan Orkin will be bringing Ivan Mazemen for three weeks only to Shelter Hall. After opening one of Tokyo’s most popular ramen shops in 2006, Ivan is now known internationally with an additional New York ramen shop, a best selling cookbook, and has been featured in the Netflix documentary Chef’s Table.
Yori | New Brighton Restaurants
Opened: January 2023
Yori has now joined the Brighton food scene bringing its Korean food and culture along too. Located in the heart of the Lanes, you can enjoy Yori for lunch or dinner. On the menu is a selection of Korean appetisers, pancakes, noodles, fried chicken, soups and the popular barbequed meat which you cook at the table. To drink, you’ll find delicious cocktails, wine, beer, soft drinks and flavoured Soju.
Karen’s Diner | New Brighton Restaurants | Pop-up
Opened summer 2023
Karen’s Diner has made its way to Brighton offering ‘the worst service in Europe’ and delicious food to their lucky diners! Karen’s Diner will be a pop-up in Revolution on West Street serving good food and bad attitudes – a dining experience like no other. Tickets start at £40 per person for 90 minutes, it includes pizza with bottomless prosecco, selected spirits and mixers or soft drinks.
The multi-course tasting menu will focus on local and seasonal produce of the highest quality, elevated by Mothersill’s exacting attention to detail and creativity.
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Chefs Kanthi and Diego combine their South Indian and Ecuadorian origins in a spice driven weekly changing menu that’s cooked on a charcoal gill. Palmito opened in the summer of 2022 on Western Road at the border of Brighton and Hove. The 20 cover Brighton restaurant offers exceptional quality and flavour and a well thought out wine list. This is everything Brighton (or is it Hove) loves: fine-quality dining without the dress code.
For more information visit palmito.co.uk
Tørstig Bar, situated on George Street in Kemptown, is Brighton’s inaugural low-alcohol bar and bottleshop. The unique feature of Torstig Bar is that you won’t find anything above 0.5% ABV (alcohol by volume). In Denmark, ‘Tørstig’ translates to thirsty, emphasising a thirst for excellent non-alcoholic drinks. Whether you’re looking for a night off the booze, are committed to an alcohol-free lifestyle, or simply want to explore something different, Torstig Bar has got you covered.
Tutto is the newest member of the locally and nationally praised Black Rock Restaurant Group from restauranteur Razak Helalat. Razak’s other venues include Brighton favourites, The Coal Shed, The Salt Room and BRAVO 2022 best restaurant winner Burnt Orange. The restaurant ethos is ‘bring everyone, eat everything’, embracing the heart of traditional Italian food culture, which focuses on quality fresh produce prepared simply and enjoyably. The 70 cover restaurant on Marlborough Place will occupy a former 1930s bank, retaining many of the original architectural features throughout. An additional 34 covers are available on the street terrace facing the newly regenerated Victoria Gardens.
Arcobaleno | New Brighton Restaurants, Summer 2022
Opened in the summer of 2022, Arcobaleno is the new cafe-restaurant bar and community hub in the former Old Bank Steak House, Kemptown. Run by a mother and son duo, Arcobaleno is a welcoming space for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. Expect signature Brighton cocktails, sharing plates with a Maltese influence and lots of live and free entertainment from local talent.
New to town, not a restaurant but too good to not share with you here. Majahma brings to Brighton and Hove their Indian delivery service – with a difference. The family team behind Majahma now offer weekly or fortnightly deliveries of their plant-based and homemade Indian tahli. Aside from the sensational food, the introduction of the tiffin delivery is what makes them stand out. Say goodbye to takeaway plastic packaging and having to trawl through (insert delivery app) trying to find the right combination of dishes, because now with Majahma you simply subscribe and benefit from a weekly rotating menu of meals that provide all the nourishment you need for two. Typically each tiffin contains one curry, one dahl, a rice, salad or soup dish and two freshly made chapati. You’ll also have the option of adding some tasty side dishes and dips – we say this is a must, because they’re so delicious that it would be criminal not to!