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Wabi Sabi, Hove

Wabi Sabi in Hove is a welcoming Japanese restaurant. Enjoy delicious sushi and authentic Japanese dishes with friends and family.

Intro to Wabi Sabi

The restaurant owners, Ken and Sukita, had dreams of opening their restaurant for several years, and now their vision has become a reality in Hove. They love amazing food and are totally devoted to serving outstanding sushi and Japanese cuisine. Naming the restaurant Wabi Sabi, embraces the concept of finding value in imperfections, which strongly resonated with Ken and Sukita.

interior shot of Wabi Sabi, yellow walls and dim lights, tree with red and orange leaves

Wabi Sabi has a warm and inviting ambience with walls adorned in maple leaves, complemented by a team of friendly and hospitable staff. With their emphasis on quality Asian food and beverages, a dining experience at Wabi Sabi promises to be welcoming whether you’re visiting with friends, family or work colleagues.


Situated on Church Road, Wabi Sabi basks in the warm glow of natural light that streams through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Just a stone’s throw away from George Street, or a leisurely 10-minute walk from Palmeira Square, this hidden gem beckons food enthusiasts with its inviting ambiance.

exterior shot of Wabi Sabi

The restaurant front is painted sleek black, with Japanese graphics, decorated with a colourful garland of maple leaves – paying homage to Japan. Situated on this bustling main road, which is brimming with a kaleidoscope of tempting restaurants and bars, Wabi Sabi effortlessly claims its rightful spot at the very top of your “Hove restaurants to visit” list.

The atmosphere at Wabi Sabi

Imagine stepping into Wabi Sabi, filled with a blend of warm pinks and vibrant pops of red. As you enter, the light wooden furniture and cosy cushioned seating welcome you to settle in and relax. Modernity intertwines with tradition, as neon signs add a trendy touch to the surroundings. The window seat, a personal favourite, offers the perfect spot to soak up the sun’s rays or indulge in some people-watching.

hands holding sushi with chop sticks above the table with Japanese dishes

Transported to Japan

Venturing further into the restaurant, you’re transported to Japan. Pass beneath the torii gate, and you’ll discover the bar area which is decorated with cherry blossom-filled vases, setting the stage for the bartender to create cocktails and showcases an extensive selection of speciality sake. The bar also has stools you can perch on and enjoy some nibbles alongside your drinks. Further into Wabi Sabi, you’ll find the display of fresh fish at the fish counter, where you can take a seat on the bench and watch the artistry of sushi-making firsthand.

table laid out for two with Japanese food on black plates

At the back of the restaurant, you’ll find traditional-style booths with Japanese lanterns, reminiscent of the charm of Kyoto. These cosy nooks provide an intimate setting for a small group of friends to gather and mingle over their dishes. Additionally, there are spacious tables and chairs available, with the entire area open for private party bookings, allowing you to celebrate special occasions in style.

Eating and drinking

At Wabi Sabi, owner Ken and his esteemed friend, the head chef, are committed to creating excellent, high-quality food. With their attention to detail and quality, they have curated a menu that takes you on a journey to Japan whilst exciting your tastebuds. As you peruse the menu, Japanese graphics and captivating photos guide you through the choices on offer.

hands using chopsticks to take salmon from the black bow, Wabi Sabi

Traditional dishes and crowd-pleasing platters

Discover delicious dishes of traditional raw fish sushi, reverse maki rolls, temaki hand rolls, and exquisite sashimi. Indulge in the chef’s signature dishes and platters, including crowd-pleasers such as The Boat and Ada’s Platter, which perfectly showcase the culinary skill of Wabi Sabi. For those seeking comforting bowl dishes, the menu presents an array of options, from hearty donburi, and noodles to Japanese curry, and elegantly arranged bento boxes. And let’s not forget the tempting Japanese afternoon tea, a treat we can’t wait to try.

close up shot of the Japanese dish in the bowl. Salmon,prawn and tacos included.

And to drink?

Quench your thirst with the well-curated drinks menu, boasting an impressive selection of spirits. Japanese gins, whiskies, and vodkas stand ready to accompany your culinary adventure. A vast array of sake options are available, ranging from premium varieties to sparkling, and plum wine. Indulge in cocktails with a unique Japanese twist, such as the enticing Umai Colada and the creamy Matcha Tea-Ni. Not forgetting the non-alcoholic options as well, with their mocktails, refreshing Japanese teas, and invigorating matcha iced tea. And for those seeking a caffeine fix, a selection of coffees is also available.

The bar area at Wabi Sabi with a bartender wearing sunglasses. A neon light red light lights up the area.


Whether you’re seeking a casual weekend lunch spot to catch up with friends or a weekday meeting venue, Wabi Sabi has got you covered. From 12pm – 3pm daily, they serve their lunch bento boxes, tailored to satisfy your midday cravings. These bento boxes offer a light and satisfying lunch, featuring a harmonious combination of rice, salad, and comforting miso soup.

A selection of Japanese food at the restaurant Wabi Sabi, served on a dark wooden table.

To suit various dietary preferences, Wabi Sabi offers a choice between chicken, fish, or a vegan option, ensuring there’s something to please everyone. So, whether you’re in the mood for a leisurely lunch or a spot to eat on your lunch break, Wabi Sabi’s lunch bento boxes are a superb choice.

Private Bookings at Wabi Sabi

Inside Wabi Sabi, towards the back of the restaurant, guests have the opportunity to book the entire space for their private party. Whether you prefer tables or their traditional Japanese booths, you and your guests can enjoy a Wabi Sabi celebration. For further information and to explore the possibilities, we recommend reaching out to the venue directly who will be happy to assist you with all the details.

Child-Friendly Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi welcomes the whole family, making sure that everyone, including the little ones, feels right at home. Having children themselves, owners Ken and Sukita understand that kids have their own preferences, which is why they offer a special set menu just for them. The kids’ menu includes a starter, a nutritious main course, and a drink. And for a little extra treat, you can add a dessert too. Wabi Sabi also have highchairs at the ready – bring your family and let Wabi Sabi take care of the rest! 

hands using chopstick to hold fried sushi at Wabi Sabi


  1. Masha O

    We go there every 2-4 weeks. Never disappoints. Wide choice of everything. I hope they stick to our area!

  2. Jason

    Wow! Incredible Japanese food. Tasty, beautifully presented and excellent service. Will be back.

  3. Shen

    Food was brilliant

  4. Maria O

    Great raw food at a good price. Eaten in and had take away. Both were tasty and of good quantity. Glad that this restaurant has opened in my area.

  5. Girgis Labib

    Very welcoming hospitality is amazing. Food is amazing. Staff are friendly highly recommended.

  6. Dede

    Such delicious food!! Such polite staff too and a great atmosphere. 100% would recommend.

  7. Anya

    Went there to eat and it was such delicious food! I had the matcha cocktail and it was so so yummy and the presentation and taste of the enoki roll and dirty fries were amazing. I will definitely be going back 🙂

  8. Amy yook

    The food and the cocktails were the best I’ve had in so long! Amazing value . Finally some authentic Japanese restaurant in Hove!

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