Tropical Sushi is a recent addition to Brighton’s Western road. The Latin-Japanese fusion restaurant that serves sushi with a twist has been operating as a pop-up restaurant and food stand across Brighton and Hove in recent years.
According to their website, Tropical Sushi only source ethically sustainable fish from local fishermen and pride themselves on making everything fresh. They ‘don’t do pre-made – no conveyor belts and no rolls sitting around in fridges for hours.’
Visited: August 2017
More interesting than your average sushi roll
It currently has a BYO policy
The menu was quite limited, however I was assured that a full menu will be available very shortly.
I dined at Tropical Sushi on a quiet Tuesday lunchtime. A laid back atmosphere was apparent with bright funky decor and the sound of reggae music. The condiment trays on the tables are decorated with parrots and pineapples giving a fun finish to the look and feel of the restaurant whilst the open kitchen allows a view of the sushi preparation area.
The menu consisted of five options (I was later told that there full menu will be ready in a week’s time, so will now be available). I was torn between the prawn and the salmon option. The chef came to the table to ask if I’d dined there before and advised me to go with the prawn option as it was his personal favourite so I opted for the Andrea roll – king prawn tempura, creamy spring onions with a king prawn tempura topping and fuji sauce.
After a short wait the dish arrived presented on a bold green plate. The sushi roll came sliced into 8 pieces, and was ample size for a satisfying lunch.
The lightly battered king prawns were nicely soft and not greasy and the cream cheese with spring onions created a nice texture contrast. The sushi was drizzled with two sauces, one a hoisin sauce that hinted at honey and the other sauce tasted a little of peanuts. The best surprise was the winning flavour and texture combination when eating a whole piece of sushi with the sweet and salty flavours (although admittedly it’s a struggle to get a whole piece in your mouth at once).
Whilst I enjoyed the food, it would have been nice to try more than one of the dishes and so I would recommend visiting as a small group and sharing a few dishes for a flavour variation. I’d like to return as I’d be interested to try the salmon and plantain combination and see what their full menu looks like.
Following the success of fusion restaurant Senor Buddha – tapas with an Asian twist – it’s nice to see another restaurant creating a medley of cuisines in Brighton.
For sushi fans, Tropical Sushi is worth a visit for the flavour combinations, the welcoming staff and for parrot spotting.
Overall Verdict: 7/10
Cost of food: The dishes range from £7.20-£12.50 and are large enough for a satisfying lunch.