Kujira Brighton is a Robatayaki grill restaurant; a style of restaurant that has been taking London by storm of late. Unlike the more familiar flame grills of Josper ovens and Persian grills, the robatayaki grill uses slow burning coal or wood, without flame, to produce a much higher heat and ultimately intense flavour. The menu at Kujira Brighton is divided into Kobachi, small bowls or starters, salads, and small and large robata and also well caters for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free diets. Kujira is also an ‘izakaya bar’, serving delicious Japanese inspired cocktails throughout the evening.
A newbie to Preston Street is innovative cocktail bar Gungho – an ancient chinese phrase meaning eager, enthusiastic and ‘working together’. Julien heads up the team of mixologists behind the bar at this lowly lit atmospheric bar that brings something new to this established foodie street. Cocktails change seasonally and unusual ingredients are used to challenge cocktail norms, such as beetroot and mushroom. This will most certainty be your new Saturday evening top spot.
This unique little ‘Izakaya’ (loosely translated as Japanese tavern) believes in simplicity and flavour. They don’t have starters or main courses, and design their dishes for sharing. Specials are drawn up daily and the menu printed weekly. Interestingly Bincho Yakatori is the vision and venture of an experienced London Chef who spent some time in Japan learning all he could about Japanese culture and cuisine. This is an absolute must visit.
Serving Chinese, Cantonese and Dim Sum for the past 30 years, this well-known establishment is a bit of a stalwart in the area. Just one door up from the corner of Preston Street and Kings road, it’s a stone’s throw from the seafront. With a capacity for 150 it’s an ideal place for celebrations and parties, but also intimate dinners. A separate menu dedicated to Dim Sum.
Often flagged as the best sushi in Brighton, Sushi Garden has high integrity when it comes to their craft. No frills bistro style restaurant, they focus on the quality and precision of the sushi they serve. The service is super friendly and efficient, making you feel extremely well looked after and at home. Albeit a very Japanese style home. Well worth a visit.
Newly opened last year, La Ratatouille have established new premises on the lively Preston Street. This French family run restaurant provides an authentic French dining experience. With a simple but thoughtful menu, the dishes have obviously been chosen carefully to suit everyone and with quality in mind. The staff are friendly and warm paying a lot of attention to you the guest. An excellent list of French wines also on offer.
‘The Bombay’ as it’s affectionately called by locals has been around for over 20 years. Not only is it a favourite amongst locals but neighbouring hotels often refer their guests here for a meal to remember. Always keen to expand and develop the Bombay now have an open kitchen so you watch the talented chefs cooking your curry. Specialising in traditional dishes from Bombay the Chef will also consider special requests.
A traditionally colourful Lebanese Moroccon restaurant which transports you to another land. Burgundy walls, carved wooden screens and persian rugs make up the interior. If that’s not enough authenticity, belly dancers can be arranged on request. Great for parties and large functions. Food includes dishes such as the Kibbeh Shamieh which is homemade deep fried lamb meat balls with cracked wheat and onions. Mouth watering.
With two very successful restaurants in West Sussex, the owners of Ephesus felt it only fair to share their ‘turkish delights’ with the city of Brighton and Hove. Priding themselves on authentic Turkish cuisine freshly prepared and cooked expertly by their experienced Chef and his team. Can seat up to 60 people, making it a great place for parties and functions. Caters for business meetings too.
A small, family owned and family run Thai restaurant where food is clearly a love and a passion. Authentic through and through they use only the best ingredients sourced locally and imported from Thailand. Making you feel like part of the family, this gem of a restaurant is warm, friendly and simply delightful. A great reason to visit Preston Street.
Angelo and his team at Casalingo are so passionate about food they believe that it is ‘…not just what you eat, it’s what you are.’ We tend to agree with them. Providing authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of Preston Street, Casalingo offers the perfect place for any social occasion from family to business. A true Italian experience from the minute you walk through the door.
Family run Lebanese restaurant Al Rouche say that their food speaks for itself and invites you to come and try for yourself. Serving tasty meze, mixed grills, seafood and baklawa, it is a feast to behold. The food is simple, fresh and extremely tasty. Authentic and traditional, Al Rouch makes you feel like you’re a guest in their home. Even the coffee is authentic. Middle Eastern cuisine at it’s best.
A family run Chinese restaurant which has been pleasing loyal customers for many years. No frills on the inside or out, but just simple, good honest, quality Chinese food. The owners and staff are warm and welcoming and eager to please. Dishes include salt and pepper squid, braised beef brisket hot pot and a plate of mixed roast meats which hang in the window and include char sui sweet glazed pork, crispy pork belly and roast duck.
Other restaurants on Preston Street include Goeman (Japanese Noodles), River Spice (Indian restaurant) and La Strega (Italian restaurant) however little information is available at this stage.