Warming, comforting, messy and oh so delicious, we're talking about the mighty noodle of course. Chopsticks at the ready as we take you on a tour of the tastiest Ramen, Pho, Udon, and Yakisoba in town. 

Hidden in our the famous South Lanes is a real hidden gem of the Brighton culinary scene. Shogun Ramen is an authentic Ramen Bar and Japanese Restaurant. It may be unboastful from the exterior with its monochrome doors, but step inside to its warm and inviting restaurant and prepare to fill up on some uber delicious ramen. Lightly spiced miso or pork broth makes way for fresh ramen noodles topped with nitamago egg, kikurage mushrooms, spring onion, sweet corn, menma bamboo, spinach, kamaboko and your choice of meat/veggie filler. We can’t get enough.

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Authentic Japanese food is served from an open kitchen in this low-key canteen, situated above oriental supermarket Yum Yums on Sydney Street. But don’t be misled by the restaurant’s simplicity; what E-Kagen may lack in ambiance it more than makes up for in the flavour of its dishes – of which the numerous Asian customers that flock to this exclusive eatery (it’s only open Friday to Sunday) each week will surely attest. While sushi isn’t the only thing you can find at E-Kagen, you’d be a fool to miss out on their variety of sushi and sashimi, which boasts specialties from the land of the rising sun itself.

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Specialising in traditional Ramen Bowls, this Preston Street eatery are sweeping up when it comes to big flavours, mouthwatering dishes and unbelievable value. Their no frills classic Japanese cooking style is mirrored in the minimalist decor and most nights the restaurant is packed with hungry Japanese diners. The gyoza are hands down some of the best we’ve ever tried and with seven types of hot ramen to choose from, it really makes miso happy (sorrynotsorry). The spicy ramen with chicken broth, minced spicy pork, cabbage, bean sprout and spring onions is a real winner, it’s totally worth going large on this beauty for an extra quid.

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Complete with spectacular wok-work on display, this funky new hole-in-the-wall serves up some mighty fine noodle boxes. If you’re peckish while out on the sesh, or just hankering for a decent working lunch, their noodle boxes (chicken, chow mein, veggie) are just the thing. If you’re feeling flush the Lobster box is delightfully decadent (cashews are a nice touch), or the ‘pure protein’ with double chicken breast and oyster sauce sets you up a treat for the gym.

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Pompoko don’t waste energy on airs and graces; note the profusion of shouty home-printed signs (“ORDER AND PAY AT COUNTER”, “NO SMOKING”) and picture-based menu, laminated for swift wipability. Their astonishing 10-minute turnaround on food orders (even for big groups) could be described as brisk, or brusque, depending on your mood. But who cares when cooking is this good? The noodle offering you can choose from here is the Yakisoba Stir Fried Noodles with either chicken, beef, pork, prawn or veggie. With a plate big enough to fill even the hungriest of wanderers, and a BYOB policy, you can eat like an emperor for under a fiver.

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Set in the foodie paradise of Preston Street, Sushi Garden serves up an excellent range of Japanese cuisine – including sushi, sashimi and grill dishes – in its traditional wood-panelled space that could have been taken right out of Osaka itself. Treat yourself to one of the appetising Yaki Udon dishes or the full flavoured ramen broths. The Shio Seafood ramen is out of this world and tastes even better washed down with a refreshing glass of their special ‘sake-tinis’.

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Also taking stock over on Preston Street is a traditional, family run Vietnamese restaurant serving up some of the best Pho in town. Small in stature but big in flavour, this fresh faced noodle bar is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat and catch up with a friend. Have your flat rice noodles with beef, beef meatballs, chicken, meat mix or veggie in a nutritious broth flavoured with roasted ginger, star anise, aromatic spices and of course the customary fresh herbs to pile on at the end. As you make your way through the generous portions and each new flavour hits you, you just know this ain't just any Pho, this is Big Bowl Pho.

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This bold and bright Vietnamese diner on Western Road certainly is one of the most stylish joints in town. Even if you haven’t been in yet you’ve probably spotted its neon red letter signage out front, and probably heard one of your buddies raving about its lip smacking Pho soups. Yes people, the rumours are true, it’s pretty darn spesh. They use three distinctly different corianders, as well as mint and sweet basil so you really do get a true taste of the region. Not to be overlooked are their Kickass Noodle Bowls, The Heavenly Barbecue Pork Noodle Bowl is a top seller and bound to have you back pho more.

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If you’ve walked past the adorably cute blue whale mural on the side corner of Upper Gloucester Road, this belongs to Sunoso. An on the go, healthy asian influenced canteen. Its sushi, noodles, soups and salads are freshly prepared from recipes that remain true to their Asian origins and have been handed down over many generations. Gluten-free, vegan, low-fat options are all available for a bite without the guilt. The King Prawn Soup Noodles are our dish of choice for a pit-stop tummy filler on the way to the station.

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Not located in one of Brighton’s usual culinary hotspots, this unassuming wee eating house on West Street is well worth a look in. Usually rammed with hungry diners, always a good sign, am I right?, eagerly chowing down the fantastically tasty authentic bowls on offer. They do one thing, and they do it real well, it may take you a quick minute to work your way through their extensive 50+ dish menu. The broth here is on the spicy side so be warned before you go adding extra chilli to your bowl. Hearty portions, tantalising textures and really decent prices, Udon wanna miss this one.

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KitoKito has just opened on the corner of Trafalgar Street and Sydney Street, dishing up a variety of Asian dishes from Bao Buns, to hot pots and curries. There are plenty of veggie and vegan options available as well so, these guys are already proving popular in the North Laine. Pop in, say hello and check out some of their unique dishes on offer.

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Published -6th December 2018