1. Wagamama – Kensington St, Brighton
Wagamama is more expensive compared to the other Japanese restaurants, however the food is a much better quality and you will not be disappointed in the flavour. The value for money and the cost of the drinks is a bit extortionate this is a great place to come for dinner but it is always very busy see and you may be waiting a little while for your food I ordered a few new menu items and and they were not available. I and and Sadie shared the duck gyozas for our starter.
For my main I ordered grilled chicken ramen which came complete with bamboo shoots, noodles, spring onion, greens, tea stained and chilli oil. The meat was very tasty but was not as impressive as the pork belly ramen that sadie had ordered. The pork was very flavoursome and was cooked to perfection. It literally melts in your mouth. I would come back but because of the price, it would need to be a special occasion.
I was very surprised how nice the food was especially considering that this is a chain restaurant. I had Asahi which is a traditional Japanese dry beer, it is great and compliments the food. Sadie had a lychee cocktail which cost £7.60. It was in a small glass and had no flavour of lychee. It was basically lemonade with lime juice, ice and mint, so if you do come avoid those!
2. Noo-Doo Bar – Western Road, Brighton
This restaurant is a bit more expensive than its competitors in the area but with good reason. The food is really lovely, and the staff are very welcoming. It is very family-friendly too, with high chairs available on request. The portion sizes are large and the food is presented in a nice way.
The ramen noodle soup has a great depth of flavour and there are condiments here that are simply not offered in the other Japanese restaurants nearby. Everything is cooked to perfection, I am confident that any dish that you order here, you will be happy with! The toilets are clean but are not wheelchair accessible. If you are bringing a young baby, due to a lack of space, you will also need to fold your buggy.
3. Pompoko - Church St, Brighton
I came here for dinner and as the price was fairly cheap, I wanted to try a lot of different dishes. We ordered BBQ honey ribs, chicken gyoza, unagi don, tofu yubamaki, miso soup, takoyaki, and yakitori. This is a small place to eat and there is a lack of seating, and the environment lacks culture. That aside the menu was interesting as it had not only what foods you could order but also what they look like which was very helpful when choosing what to eat.
The ribs were small and had only 5 to a portion, but they were delicious and were a great taste at only £2.80. When I was meant to go to Japan, I was so excited to try unagi don (eel), and as the trip was cancelled I ordered It here. I was hesitant to try it, but the flavour and texture were like a cross between chicken and sea bass. It had a fishy flavour and was seasoned well with teriyaki and accompanied by a mountain of rice.
I am not a huge tofu fan, but the Tofu Yubamaki was an interesting thing to eat, it was crispy on the outside, with spongey tofu on the inside with Shiitake mushrooms that flavoured it.
Miso soup was super cheap at £1.50 and this little bowl had beautiful flavour. The fresh salty broth made from soy miso and dashi had little pieces of tofu in it that made it traditional. Finally, the takoyaki (octopus balls) were delicious and the yakitori (chicken skewers) were succulent. Overall Pompoko is a Japanese restaurant that serves tasty traditional food on the cheap, they only accept cash for payment, and they serve the food with beautiful authentic tableware.
4. Yo sushi! – Jubilee St, Brighton
I don’t usually like eating at chain restaurants, but this one has an interesting take on dining. They have colour coded bowls that go around the dining area on a conveyor belt. The kitchen is open and everything is made in front of you entirely fresh to order. You can either take something that you like the look of and eat it or alternatively, you can order from the menu. If you are ordering from the menu, depending on how busy the restaurant is. You could be waiting for a while.
The sushi tastes great, and there are lots of choices here such as tuna, fresh salmon, smoked salmon, beef steak, cucumber, avocado and tofu that are either served plain with soya sauce or are topped with a spiced mayo dip with crispy onions or sprinkled with panko breadcrumbs. I would recommend getting one large dish first and get more if you are still hungry just because it can work out quite expensive otherwise. Sometimes they also have special promotions that if you spend at least £10, your child can eat free choosing a starter, main and a drink! Whilst all of the food is tasty, I would recommend the chicken curry broth noodle soup, and strawberry mochi for dessert!
5. Shogun – Prince Albert Street, Brighton
Based in the lanes, in close proximity to the centre of Brighton. I discovered the restaurant one night when I was walking through the lanes looking for a restaurant to conqueror my hunger, I could smell the food from down the street and I had to try it!
The dishes here are authentic. I have tried their slow-cooked ramen that contains meat and it is cooked to perfection, as well as noodle and rice dishes. If you go, I would recommend the chicken teriyaki. It is sweet, aromatic and simply delicious. They are very generous in regards to portion sizes, and I can easily say that this is one of the best eats in Brighton. The place is family-friendly, in fact, I came with my fiancé and two young children. The toilets are clean but could do with some TLC, also there is currently no baby changing facilities.
6. HK Place – Preston Street, Brighton
This is a great place to come for lunch, they offer very tasty but cheap eats. You can buy the likes of traditional pork gyozas that come with a lemongrass style dip. As well as other side dishes for around £3. The ramen is very nice, however, you only get a small amount of meat for your money.
The restaurant has a street food vibe to it which is nice. I would recommend getting lots of little dishes so that you can get an authentic taste of Japan. If there are quite a few of you, its nice to all try each other’s food! This small restaurant does not provide much space for a buggy. Whilst prices are cheap they do not currently have a children’s menu. You could get your child an adult portion but the portions are very large and your child will likely not be able to eat it all.