14 Feb, Sushi – Moshimo

28 Feb

Not being the most fervent of Christian holiday followers, I had no plans around St Valentines day. But as my partner and I found ourselves in town around the time we started to think about getting hungry we headed to Moshimo. This striking piece of architecture is somewhat lost between the buildings around it, but once inside the geometric shapes and interesting use of glass makes you wonder if you’ve stumbled into a work by Escher. The food here is always good, and for once I managed to get a quick snap of both our meals before my partner’s was gone in the blink of an eye.
We started with some tuna nigiri, firm and tasty with added soy and ginger. The ultimate problem if you sit at the counter, as we usually do, is that once you’ve picked up your first plate it’s very difficult to stop. Soon the tuna was followed by edamame, squid nigiri, chili noodles, and orders of veggie tempura, mushroom miso and a massive plate of pork udon. Even though I was fit to burst I had to fit one last plate in: the vegetable gyoza appeared in front of me on the conveyer belt, so they had to be mine. Oh yes.

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Everything was divine, as always and I tried to step a little outside my usual habits of ordering. We wouldn’t have got so much if it hadn’t been for Moshi’s excellent membership offer: pay £12 for a yearly Moshi Madness card and get 50% off your food bill for members plus one guest on Monday and Tuesday. You also get a gift in the month of your birthday. What’s not to like? The offer is currently running every day until 22nd February.
Next time I’ll be sure to take notes on the food itself, but suffice to say if you like sushi and are in Brighton, go to Moshimo. Just try to get there early on Monday’s and Tuesday’s, when they have their Moshi Madness nights, as queues tend to snake out around the building!

Chips – The Kemp Town Chippy

22 Feb

I’ve been a fan of chips all my life. Fish and chip shop ones, soaked in the illicit non-EU friendly juices of onion vinegar, liberally scattered with salt, and repeat until you need to ask for another piece of notnewspaper to protect your clothes and shoes from oniony splatters.
The best chip shop chips I have had in Brighton came from the Kemp Town Chippy. It might seem a predictable and mundane name, but like the ronseal of old, it does exactly what it says it will do. Fine chips, in half portions if you prefer, fried twice I believe, to achieve that golden glow which is still moist and ripe for vinegar-sponging (especially in the corners when you get to the bottom). The Kemp Town Chippy is situated along upper st James street, if you’re heading towards the marina from the pier you have to pass several chippys to get to it, but in my opinion it’s well worth it. And if you’re worried about calories or cholesterol you can walk back again to attempt a trade off. They do have rather sporadic opening hours, so I will endeavour to take down these times for future reference, next time I get the urge for the best chips in Brighton.

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