Chopsticks at the ready: we’ve sashimi-d our way round the best sushi in the Brighton and rounded up the very finest. If you've got that soy craving, we can show you where to have a really rice day.
Brighton’s original conveyor belt sushi restaurant offers a unique dining experience for guests eating in. Choose from bento, sushi, and kozara (or Japanese tapas) straight from the belt, or order freshly prepared sashimi from the kitchen, and be transported on a taste journey to the bustling sushi bars of downtown Tokyo. With its sliding screens and contemporary Japanese setting, you’ll easily forget you’re in Bartholomew Square as your devour course after course of Japanese yumminess.
In a hurry? Moshimo (a telephone greeting in Japan) offer a great deal of their delicious menu to takeaway. Famous for its Fishlove campaign – which aims to make fishing more sustainable – Moshimo also takes pride in its vegetarian and vegan dishes and offers a full gluten-free menu, ensuring nobody misses out.
Bincho Yakitori is hidden on Preston Street in-between Churchill Square and Hove. The owners are committed to providing the most authentic taste of Japan possible. Their food is absolutely divine - we’d recommend ordering a few small dishes to share as the menu focuses around “simple food with big flavours”, so allow yourself to get a snapshot of as many dishes as possible. The venue only has a handful of tables and the majority of custom comes through word of mouth - which is a testament to just how unbelievably good the service and grub is. Be prepared for a long stay - the dim lighting, the sheer quality of the Japanese cuisine, and the intimacy of the small restaurant makes it tough to leave.
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 pleasantly light maki and fresher-than-fresh sashimi during the summer, washed down with a refreshing glass of their special ‘sake-tinis’, or head down and try their delightful donburi dishes or ramen broth – an absolute joy in the pending cooler months.
It’s sushi, but not quite as you know it. Inspired by those trusty Californian rolls we all know and love, Happy Maki puts its own spin on the sushi classic – combining two Brighton cuisine faves by presenting us with an entire menu full of what can only be described as sushi burritos.
100% vegan friendly, each wrap contains familiar Asian themes re-imagined by Happy Maki – think Hoisin ‘Duck’, made with sesame, avocado, cucumber and spring onion – lovingly encased in sushi rice and seaweed. Plus, each wrap bought also plants a tree and feeds a child, while Happy Maki itself runs completely off of green energy. Charitable, sustainable and delectable? That’s something we can all get behind.
While it may translate to ‘purple’ in Japanese – the colour of love and constancy – you’ll find little of the regal colour in Murasaki, but plenty of the love. Featuring clean lines, a wooden floor and both restaurant and bar-side seating, the bamboo filled restaurant serves a generously adventurous choice of sushi, including almost anything from eel and raw prawn to octopus and scallops.
Aside from the usual sake and plum wine, there are also Japanese inspired cocktails to wash down with your sushi. Don’t fancy sitting down? Murasaki’s sister site Bento, just around the corner on Montpelier Place, offers everything to take away, so you can enjoy your sushi in the sun at the nearby St Ann’s Well Gardens.
Following successful residencies at Oseta Café and cult Brighton fave Marwoods, Tropical Sushi has landed its own permanent location right in the middle of town on Western Road. Mixing traditional sushi with Venezuelan influences, it’s no wonder the Latin-Japanese fusion cuisine has taken Brighton by storm – and the staff are among the friendliest you’ll ever meet.
Expect nigiri with a tropical twist, and impeccable pairings of flavours you’ll be shocked nobody thought of – until now.
An exciting Japanese and Korean fusion restaurant in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine. The brainchild of head chef Min who trained for 15 years in some of Korea, Japan and London’s best eateries. Combining the purity of Japanese ingredients with the heat of Korean cuisine, Min has created a menu that delights and surprises.
All of their sushi and sashimi platters are exquisite but the standout has to be their Chirashi Sushi. I mean just look at it!
For the authentic taste of Korea, Namul is Brighton's best bet. Situated in the North Laine, this unassuming little eatery boasts a vast menu of rice, noodles and fresh veggies, which combine to form the most stunning Bibimbap. Other munchies on offer include kimchi, steamed hoppang buns, bento boxes, sushi, sashimi, and they're awesome little rice powerballs.
For the meat-free there is a handsome selection and with at least six different varieties of fungi on the menu, owner Jisun Yom knows how to please Brighton's large veggie audience.
Relatively new to the Brighton foodie scene is Kujira, a modern Japanese ‘izakaya’ specializing in Robata and cocktails. A ‘Robata’ is a grill restaurant that uses a slow burning wood or coal technique without live flames to produce a rich, intense flavour unlike any other. Kujira is the perfect place to come with friends for Japanese style sharing plates and some of the best cocktails in the city. There are plenty of veggie, vegan and gluten-free dishes available and the impressive cocktail list has been curated by their in-house mixologist and utilises homemade botanicals, syrups, garnishes and flavours.
From local wagyu beef to truffled Eringi mushrooms, you’ll find all manner of mouthwatering Japanese fare at this Hove hidden gem. Their crab miso soup is unreal, as are their freshly made gyoza, and their volcano sushi roll with spicy tuna is the stuff of dreams.
Veggies and vegans are well catered for too with interesting dishes such as sweet and spicy Korean buckwheat noodles, truffled Eringi mushroom with citrusy Yuzu Ponzu foam and crispy fried, sweet and sour aubergine. And there is of course a premium sake selection to wash down your top-notch oriental feast.