I love E Kagen. The main chef always smiles and says hello warmly when I arrive. The restaurant is above an oriental supermarket in the heart of the lanes in Brighton. I always book and ask for a table in the window. It is simply furnished and just pretty much one room, with the kitchen/prep area on view behind a bar along the right hand side. The windows are wall to ceiling, so if you get a window spot, you can people watch all the strange and wonderful characters that tend to fill the streets of this part of Brighton, while you wait for your food.
Once you have ordered your sushi is made fresh to order, fresh being the optimum word here. Never before have I tasted such fresh (and generous) portions of sushi in England. You do have to wait a while as this preparation process takes time, but is always worth the wait. When I lived in West Sussex I tried to eat at E-Kagen once a week. I've moved away now and still miss it loads. The waitress is fantastic (I only ever saw one during the week). She is friendly and welcoming, just like the chef. Go for the eel nigiri, I've never had better, the portion given is larger than usual, succulent and sweet, I must go back sometime!
E-Kagen is also surprisingly cheap for what you get. It's no thrills interior and relaxed atmosphere makes for a restaurant makes for the kind of place you must find on the streets of Tokyo.
Awesome, but don't expect tablecloths!
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