12, Preston Street BN1 2HN Brighton | 01273 241226
Our month in Japan was filled with colour, lights, energy, funny mistranslations and amazing, really amazing ramen. Being one of the cheapest (and best) things you can eat, and available anywhere, I think we ate it nearly every day making the transition to moving back to the UK very difficult.
Desperate for a bowl of delicious Japanese comfort food, we began our quest to find the best ramen in Brighton.
We have tried a few places that we liked, but haven’t loved, and after reading the stellar reviews (and the all-important recommendation from Japanese friends) we made our way to Goemon in Preston Street, expectations fairly low, now our taste buds had been spoilt forever. Thankfully Goemon didn’t disappoint, and now we come here way more than we should.
As you wander in, you’re immediately greeted by the restaurant’s cosy, yet bright atmosphere. The ramen menu is varied and has grown considerably since we began coming here a couple of years ago, now offering a variety of ramen dishes, in 3 different sizes – perfect for kids if you have’em.
We love the excellent seaweed salad, but can also never resist getting the ubiquitous (but really the best in Brighton) Gyoza, besides child-friendly pumpkin croquette, or if you’re just feeling peckish and want to save your appetite for the main protagonist, snack on crispy Nori-Shio Chips – the perfect companion to your glass of ice-cold Asahi.
As you can probably tell, it’s all about the ramen for me, though they do make a mean Kara-Age Don (chicken with rice) and Chicken Chashu Bowl.
Is Goemon the best ramen in Brighton?
The broth is rich, and layers of flavour pop through as you slurp your noodles. The menu is fairly extensive, but my absolute favourites are the iconic Tonkotsu and the Spicy Miso ramen which is just the stuff of my dreams. Besides the vast menu, Goemon also has a variety of topping you can add to your ramen bowl – I may be known for ordering a healthy side order of spring onions.
Goemon has what is probably the only Vegan Ramen in Brighton, making it a go-to restaurant when you have a group of friends with different requirements.
Facilities: Despite not being a ‘kids restaurant’ the staff is wonderful with kids, and we’ve taken over most of the restaurant with our parent friends (it was early, don’t worry!) and there were no issues. They have highchairs and a bathroom, should you need to change your baby (small bathroom though, downstairs).
Food: All ramen dishes come in a ‘small’ version, which is perfect for my 5-year-old. They also accommodate fussiness, in case your child is anti-seaweed like mine!
You can probably tell that I love it here, and it’s one of those places that you’ll want to visit again and again. The price to quality ratio is excellent, with a starter, main and a beer not going over £20.
Click the image below to see Goemon Ramen Restaurant’s full menu:
nb: This review hasn’t been sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.