• Selective Asia and Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival team-up to promote city’s restaurants
  • 44-page guide champions the food, the people and their individual stories
  • Seven of the city’s finest independent Asian eateries featured

Food, stories and travel combine in a new 44-page printed guide designed to champion Brighton’s Asian food heroes.

From an authentic café celebrating Bangladeshi dishes and an award-winning blend inspired by both the high-octane street food and sophisticated dining of India to a heritage rooted in the history of the Vietnamese boat people – these represent just some of the restaurants being celebrated in a partnership between Selective Asia, Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, and the local culinary community.

The Selective Bites guide has been devised by award-winning, Brighton-based tour operator Selective Asia to showcase restaurants in the city that celebrate food from across Asia and to tell the stories behind some of the most imaginative and exciting places to eat.

“Although we’re an international business, Brighton is central to our DNA,” says Nick Pulley, managing director of Selective Asia. “Because the parts of the world to which we send clients are so steeped in fine culinary traditions, we wanted to do something to celebrate and promote Asian restaurants in the city.”

“As a result, we’ve selected seven of the finest independent Asian eateries to feature in our first

Selective Bites guide and invited them to tell their stories. Spending time with the extraordinary people behind these businesses and discovering more about the dishes they produce was a true privilege. These stories and their experiences give a new dimension to their cuisine,” adds Nick.

From steaming bowls of pho that evoke images of Hanoi’s street food to fragrant curries containing the spice and heat of an evening in Kerala, Selective Bites aims to both support these, often family run, businesses whilst inspiring people to uncover places to eat on their doorstep that are quietly acclaimed, full of energy and bursting with fresh, imaginative cooking.

“In a world where many of us just grab a sandwich in front of a screen, the communal nature of so much Asian cuisine reminds us that, at its core, meals have always been about coming together and sharing food, being part of each other’s lives and stories,” adds Nick Pulley.

Selective Asia is one of the sponsors of Brighton Festival 2019 and will also be supporting three performances by the acclaimed Taiwanese Tijmur Dance Theatre company who are performing Varhung: Heart to Heart at the Theatre Royal on May 24 and 25.

Andrew Comben, chief executive of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, said:

“Brighton Festival is proud to support artists from around the world and we’re particularly excited to welcome Tijmur Dance Theatre from Taiwan this year. We’re also delighted to partner with Selective Asia to help showcase the incredible range of Asian food the city has to offer our residents and visitors.”

The 44-page Selective Bites guide will be available from the featured restaurants, The Dome foyer and Brighton Festival box office. There is also an opportunity to win a meal for two at each of the seven restaurants featured in Selective Bites by going to www.selectiveasia.com/selective-bites. The closing date is Friday June 14.


April 12, 2019

For further information and images please contact David Leck at Selective Asia on 01322 528580/07710 326256.

Note to Editors
1. The Brighton Asian food restaurants featured in Selective Bites are:
– The Chilli Pickle (Indian)
– Tuntun’s (Bangladeshi)
– Big Bowl (Vietnamese)
– O’Shio (Japanese & Korean)
– Baby Bao (Taiwanese)
– Lucky Khao (Thai)
– Moonstone (Sri Lankan)
2. Selective Asia – www.selectiveasia.com – is an award-winning tour operator
offering fully tailor-made holidays to 16 countries across Asia.
3. Brighton Festival 2019 – www.brightonfestival.org – runs from May 4 to 26.
4. You can view a digital version of the Selective Bites guide here.