But we love it, cold sushi and hot saki. Living in Brighton town, which is not only firmly disposed to pleasurable pursuits but has a dizzying array on offer, including the most restaurants per head of population anywhere outside of London, has a whole host of restaurants specialising in sushi. To help you decide where you would like to spend your hard earned dosh I will give you a bite sized low down on where you can go and eat sushi in Brighton and Hove.
Famously co-owned by our favourite Brighton resident, the inimitable Fat Boy Slim, it is situated by Theatre Royal and opposite the Pavilion Gardens. The interior is bright, white and light making it a stylish dining experience. A convenient place to stop and people watch while sharing some hot saki. Probably not best to accompany with beer and martini cocktails as I may have done one night, which ended up at Browns bar with one friend being told to drink water by the barman before passing out in the toilets, while another told me that he loved me and would some day be worth millions due to investing in China and a couple of tears being shed at the bar (not saying who that was). Then getting a taxi back, trotting to my front door in heels weeping over missed opportunities, overheard by a neighbour I'd never met before, invited in for tea and metaphysical chats and lending her The Secret on dvd. She moved to the country after that.
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01273 773777, 6 New Road, Brighton BN1 1UF
Tucked away in Bartholomew Square, opposite the town hall, it offers a more intimate setting while still remaining very central. With the best ethical credentials to recommend it, eating here makes you feel worthy and right-on, in a good way. Supporting sustainable fishing and local farmers, go for the Clear Conscience Sushi set for freshly caught fish by their Cornish fisherman (please refer to the title of this blog for my inexplicable love of tongue twisters. I dunno).
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01273 719195, Opticon, Bartholomew Square, Brighton, BN1 1JS
Don’t be put off by the enormous selection of sushi and other Japanese dishes on the menu. The food is beautifully presented and looks and tastes fresh and delicious. Popular with Japanese residents, dining here feels like the real deal. Not to be missed.
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01273 727246, 33 32a-33a Preston Street, Brighton, BN1 2HP
With over 30 restaurants in the UK and over 100 dishes on offer, it’s a chain that delivers to its brief of instant food on a conveyor belt, with brightly ringed ‘fun’ plates. The sushi is prepared in the centre in full view of the diners, which somehow feels gimmicky and a bit jaded. Useful as a pit-stop option, but lacks the personal touch.
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01273 689659, 6 - 7 Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1GE
Closest for the station up in the fashionable seven dials area, it has a small dining room and offers a good selection of Japanese cuisine including sushi. With its bijou interior, the cafe / bar feels cosy but fills up quickly. A good choice if you live nearby, but not especially worth heading to.
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08717 040915, 115 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 3JB