Stylish Japanese Restaurant opens in Circus Street, Brighton

A stunning new Japanese concept restaurant FUMI has arrived at Circus Street, merging Japanese culinary culture with the local produce of Sussex, created by Fabio Lauro, who runs several restaurants in Brighton & Hove.

FUMI’s super chef team includes Chef Sun Byun, in charge of the sushi and raw food as well as meat and fish marination, with twenty years of expertise in Japanese and Korean cuisine around the world.

Chef Macaulay Sterland has worked with Fabio for the past five years, with Fabio creating and planning dishes, while Macaulay executes them, giving shape to the ideas.

Reuben Waller is another key member of the chef team, having opened the popular plant-based restaurant KUSAKI in Brighton with Fabio four years ago, and taking it to a listing in the Michelin Guide.

Newest member of the team is rising star Pao Thong Wang, bringing with him a decade of Asian cooking experience from top hotels and restaurants in Asia and the Middle East.

“At FUMI we want to bring everything that is good about the beautiful countryside of Sussex together with hand-crafted Japanese food, including well-known small plates like sushi, sashimi and tempura combined with exotic, lesser-known chef’s speciality main dishes, changing daily and using superb seasonal produce,” said Fabio.

“But our main ingredient is sustainability and we have tried to build this into everything we do, from the décor to our ingredients sourcing and making all the food and drink we serve in-house, down to our sauces, pickles and wasabi.”

The new restaurant offers morning coffee, breakfast and brunch, with stylish Japanese dining for lunch and evening, surrounded by beautiful, high-ceilinged  décor, including a vast wall mural depicting swooping, long-necked cranes. Service is everything and the staff are eager to please their customers and the drinks and cocktails are unique to the restaurant, with surprising Japanese twists.

“We are thrilled to welcome FUMI into the ground floor of the new Office in Circus Street as the latest in a list of top class brands and businesses which will help us to create an innovative and joyful atmosphere in the new Circus Street community,” said Rob Sloper, Development Director at LandsecU+I, the Circus Street developers.

“FUMI’s food and drink is top quality, all made from scratch and deliciously authentic, bringing something new and special to the city, and we wish them all every success.”

To book a table and see FUMI’s menu, visit:

Circus Street and its architects shedkm have now won seven major awards for the development’s superb design, most recently for Best Mixed-Use Project, hot on the heels of winning Place of the Year at the Pineapples last month.

The central square outside the South East Dance Space and the lawns at Circus Street are becoming increasingly buzzy with regular events, including a community market with fruit and veg giveaway, held on the first Saturday of the month, 11am-3pm.

Circus Street transformed the former fruit and vegetable market site, led by LandsecU+I and Brighton & Hove City Council, with Scape, M&G Real Estate, South East Dance and Coast to Capital.

LandsecU+I still has office space available in this exciting new area for businesses who wish to start out, spread their wings, establish their Brighton satellite office or upscale and join the Circus Street community. Get in touch to arrange a viewing at

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About LandsecU+I

We are LandsecU+I, a specialist mixed-use regeneration developer. Our purpose is to improve people’s lives, in the places we build, in the positive impact we have on communities, in everything we do. Asking the right questions about people, place and planet, we imagine, design, build, co-create and operate sustainable urban places that work for communities today and evolve and adapt for tomorrow.

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Circus Street

The development includes 142 homes, 450 student bedrooms, a new innovation community in 30,000 sq ft of new office space, a range of food and drink outlets and, at its heart, a new home for South East Dance in the city’s first purpose-built dance house.

State of the art environmental building design has been combined with landscaping focused on building biodiversity, making this a very green development where over 100 trees have been planted, including a mature elm tree, centrally placed as an emblem of regeneration and growth.

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