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Thai Restaurants in Brighton
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Thai Restaurants and Cafes in Brighton
Nanima Asian restaurant, a newcomer to the Brighton dining scene, stands out as a delightful blend of a Brighton café and a restaurant. Offering a diverse range of Thai dishes in its daily repertoire, including the renowned Thai Tom Kha, Nanima goes beyond to bring speciality dishes from various Asian regions. From Punjabi and Malaysian delights to Singaporean specialties, the menu also features favourites from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Japan, Korea, and an extensive array of dishes from the Indian sub-continent, spanning Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Lucky Khao, Brighton’s exclusive Northern Thai restaurant, brings the flavours of BBQ meats, curries, and sharing plates to the city. Drawing inspiration from the cooler climate of Thailand’s northern region, which aligns closely with the UK’s, the Lucky Khao team underwent training at the esteemed Bangkok restaurant, 100 Mahaseth. The result is an authentic and high-quality Thai dining experience in Brighton’s Kemptown. This venue is Redroaster during the day and transforms to Lucky Khao Northern Thai restaurant in the evenings.
Longrain Thai, nestled on St James’s Street, is a family-run gem. Boasting an intimate atmosphere, Lorena warmly manages the front of house, while Chandra, well-known in the Brighton food scene and formerly a chef at Food For Friends, takes charge of the Asian kitchen. Longrain offers a modern interpretation of Pan-Asian cuisine, striving for a harmonious blend of hot, sour, sweet, and salty flavours. Don’t miss their weekend brunch for a unique experience, enhanced by creatively crafted, tropically inspired cocktails bursting with fruity delights.
The Longman pub, situated at the heart of Patcham, is a quintessential local spot. Monday to Saturday, Keng’s Kitchen takes the culinary reins, offering affordable and authentic Thai cuisine. Indulge in a variety of classic starters and main dishes, featuring familiar flavours, special dishes, and house specials. Mains provide the option of meat, prawn, vegetable, or tofu, with a generous selection catering to vegetarians and vegans alike.
Tookta's Thai Food
Tookta Thai restaurant takes pride in crafting contemporary Thai recipes using organic and fresh produce. With meticulous attention to detail, Tookta ensures a diverse menu that accommodates all tastes, allowing diners to customise meals to their preferences. Known for its homely ambiance and great value for money, Tookta, located on Spring Street, offers both dine-in and takeaway options. Located north of Western Road, so quite a central neigbourhood Brighton Thai restaurant.
Situated next to the Royal Pavilion gardens, Sabai stands out as one of the most popular and authentic Thai restaurants in Brighton. The name “Sabai” itself translates to “relaxed,” encapsulating the inviting atmosphere of their gastrobar. A visit to Sabai transports patrons to the laid-back ambiance of a beach bar in southern Thailand or the vibrant energy of a contemporary restaurant in central Bangkok. Located across the Pavilion gardens from Al Duomo on one side, and Furna (New Road) on the other.
Originating from a humble fisherman’s cottage in Brighton, Giggling Squid has grown into a national brand, emphasising fish and authentic street food. Despite its expansion, Giggling Squid has maintained the ethos that propelled its success. The Brighton restaurant offers contemporary and tasteful Thai dining that continues to captivate diners. Located in The Lanes close to Lost in The Lanes and around the corner from Donatellos.
Sawadee Thai Brighton
Nestled on the bohemian St James’ Street, Sawadee is a beloved Thai Brighton restaurant renowned for its array of Thai tapas and comprehensive menus available for both lunch and dinner. With a commitment to traditional and authentic recipes, Sawadee Thai in Kemptown has been delighting Brighton diners for years by using only the freshest ingredients in their culinary creations.
UniThia, nestled at the back of a Thai supermarket on Church Road, may not boast extravagance, but it stands out as one of the most popular Thai restaurants in Hove. Operating from lunchtime until early afternoon, it’s advisable to arrive early (11.45am) to secure a spot in this unassuming yet delightful establishment. While the setting may be no-frills, the experience is far from disappointing. Embrace the spirit of UniThai, and you’ll be treated to a culinary adventure. Head chef Dave Mothersill particularly recommends dish 6B, a personal favourite that exemplifies the restaurant’s charm.
The Wick Inn
The Wick Inn welcomes you with its traditional parlour-style Hove pub on the ground floor, featuring a choice of local ales and beers. Venture upstairs on Fridays and Saturdays to explore the speakeasy-themed bar on the second floor, complete with intimate booths, jazz tunes, and a tempting cocktail selection. From Monday to Saturday, indulge in affordable Thai cuisine during lunchtime and evenings, adding a delicious twist to your pub experience. The vibrant atmosphere may just entice you to change your plans from a casual “pop in for one” to a spontaneous all-night adventure.
Nestled in the Seven Dials and close to the Brighton Cocktail Company, the essence of Thailand runs deep at the Red Snapper, spanning three generations. Panwad Manateepho, the owner and chef, carries the culinary legacy of her Thai restaurateur parents and grandparents. Her connection to the flavours of her homeland is as rich as the curries marinating in the cool room of the Red Snapper, ensuring an authentic and deeply rooted Thai dining menu. There is no MSG, no colourings, preservatives or additives and nothing ever from a jar or a tin.