Our mission is to provide pure, plant-powered meals that are good for your body. Our approach is knowledgeable, playful, and engaging. We offer a unique opportunity to experience a different way of eating vegetables and discover new flavours and textures. Talented chefs behind Food For Friends restaurant (established in 1981 as Brighton’s first vegetarian restaurant), Botanique (Hove’s exclusive plant based restaurant) and Wolfox Coffee have put together their experience and knowledge to bring you this new Asian inspired plant based concept.
The result is a creative and colourful menu which shows organic plant-based food can lead to surprising, healthy and mindful new eating experiences. We believe in an upgraded casual dining experience in beautiful light-filled spaces dedicated to natural plant-based food and organic wines.
onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, mild curry spices in a rich creamy sauce. Served with rice and a choice of either panko coated aubergine, oyster mushroom or sweet potato
lightly floured and fried silken tofu, ginger, spring onion, mushroom dashi stock
miso-marinated oyster mushroom, roasted
Both left saying we couldn’t think of a better meal we’d ever eaten. Would highly recommend when visiting, fabulous service, amazing value for money and the food really was incredible. Lovely atmosphere too - we sat at the ‘bar’ and felt like this enhanced our experience too.
This was the second time I’d been and the food was just as good this time. Lots of choice, beautifully presented and lovely flavours. The service was friendly but slow. They ran out of several items; there were no mocktails after our first round of drinks for example. Other than that, it was a nice evening and the food was delicious.
Fantastic food, drinks and service. Only 2 people seemed to be serving and they did an amazing job.
It was lovely! The service was great. Food was delicious. Few issues with a mistake with the computer not sending are order through. But the team dealt with it so well. So absolutely no hard feelings there. Can’t wait to come again. :)
Excellent tasty light food and well made cocktails. Perfect temperature to sit and and we’ll laid out. Ambience low key and good lighting
Absolutely amazing meal and wonderful drinks and staff. Can’t wait to come back!
Really enjoyed our first experience of Kusaki. We chose a mixture of nibbles, small plates to begin with, all of these were full of flavour, served hot and accompanied with delicious dipping sauces. Next, one of our party enjoyed the Ramen noodles and liked the freshness but had to take out the chillies to suit their palate (easy to do) and we shared a sharing platter of sushi for the table as a main. As vegetarians we really appreciated the restaurant's plant based ethos and effort to make the menu inviting and cook using a range of styles from tempura to raw pickles. This made for an exciting mix of plates, both hot and cold.
The cocktails are strongly recommended, different and mixed well.
Will definitely visit again and were very happy with the service and felt the pricing fair.
Came for a leaving celebration with my family and it was perfect! Incredible food, wine and cocktails, lovely staff and a great feel to the space. A lot of passion and thought has obviously gone into this place and it pays off! Highly recommend.
Great food, friendly staff, lovely venue - highly recommend!
The food is excellent, and the staff are knowledgeable about the ingredients. Gluten free options are readily available. Service was a little slow, given that it was not busy, but very friendly.
We had such a lovely evening here, beautiful food, really friendly service and the perfect atmosphere for chatting without having to shout but not so quiet you feel like you’re disturbing everyone else. Will definitely be going back.
Amazing food and service. Went for lunch and it was SO good. I’ve been waiting to eat here for a while and I was NOT disappointed
This was my first time at Kusaki... I loved it! Delicious food, really friendly staff and laid back vibe. Highly recommended!
Lovely to be in a full restaurant during the first week in January.
Very tasty food, the yuzu cocktail was amazing!!!!
Simply delicious food, lovely ambience and brilliant staff.
Food was fantastic, the atmosphere was very peaceful and relaxing. Loved it and will go again
Excellent! From the moment we walked in to the Bill. The ambient was great with mild lighting and music, service was excellent and the food was really really good! Tempura and Bao Buns 10/10, did not enjoy the ramen but that’s personal taste. Overall 10/10
Very nice food, atmosphere, and service. The lychee tarte tatin is wonderful.
I've been wanting to try this place for a while, and it exceeded expectations. The atmosphere was fun and buzzy without being too much. The service was great, lovely staff who were keen to help with ordering and keep food and drinks topped up. The food was delicious and came out quickly. The gyozas were the star for me 🌟 The meal was very well priced, I was expecting a higher bill than we got considering we were enjoying cocktails too. Can't wait to come back
Lovely interior design, great service and a really good selection of dishes. I’m not vegan / veggie but really enjoyed it and will be a regular.
Always outstanding, though the toilet was a bit messy.
Second time visiting and everything was perfect. The staff were helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. The food was incredible.
Me and my partner had been looking forward to visiting this place since it opened its doors. We managed to book a table at the bar the day before New Year’s Eve. The staff were so friendly the cocktails were sublime and they even threw in a free glass of bubbly! Everything we had from the menu was delicious. Really top vegan menu!!
The interior and the whole menu is work of art. I'm in love, such a happy place to visit and come back!
Outstanding! Truly exceeded any expectation. Even as a ‘traditional’ sushi fan these vegan servings flooded with taste and the ambience and service was an 11 out of 10!
My son really wanted to book here for his birthday. He’s a vegetarian and loves Japanese food and culture. He did enjoy it, but his two younger siblings didn’t. All the dishes were made with hot chillis - even those that didn’t mention that in the menu description. The service was very slow and we had to ask for simple things like our drinks order more than once before anything was brought to the table. All in all, it was an experience and my son enjoyed it. My husband and I probably wouldn’t go back. And it’s definitely not a place to take hungry younger children.
This was the worst experience I’ve had eating out in a while.
Get this, for a Japanese restaurant they were out of sake and ANY dish with rice! I asked the waitress to clarify, she said that indeed they were out of rice for the evening. WHAT???
The starters took ages to arrive, my partner had to ask 3 times for his drink, the soy sauce pot was completely empty, they added dishes onto the bill that we never asked for or had.
Aside from the decor which is beautiful this place is a joke, a con, avoid it at all cost.
great food and setting - didn't even realise it was Vega first time we came! So good we've been back 3 more times already. A great find for any Vegan or non vegan!
Food was delicious. Service was great. Not a single word of complaint. 100 recommend this place!
Absolutely delicious plant-based Japanese food in wonderful surroundings. Highly recommended. We will definitely be back!
Really good choice of dishes and the service was excellent
We had a very tasty dinner at Kusaki
Service was excellent and ambience really good to
Beautifully created, delicious dishes of food which had us salivating all evening. A wonderful gastronomic experience
As a non vegan, I really couldn’t imagine an exciting or enjoyable Japanese cuisine without fish. But it was excellent in every aspect. The tempura batter was probably the best I have ever eaten. Unmissable culinary experience for all- portions are not microscopic , as they sometimes tend to be, and and prices reasonable.
Just wow... incredible food, great service. We ate and drank ourselves silly. Would highly recommend!
Beautiful space, great service and amazing food. Had a fantastic birthday lunch despite being the only people dining on a Thursday lunchtime. Really hope this place survives Covid, great to have such a top vegan option in Brighton.
Great service, great food. Would definitely recommend to a friend
The food and drink at Kusaki was amazing. As it was our anniversary we were given a free glass of bubbly. Service was fantastic.
Delicious and beautifully presented food. Would definitely recommend and come back.
Lovely plant based food, friendly staff and great location!!
Kusaki offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01273 620858.
Kusaki is rated 4.6 stars by 251 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.