Best Indian Restaurants in Brighton
Want to know where to find the best Indian Restaurant in Brighton?
With our finger firmly on the Brighton food scene, we know that our restaurant guide wouldn’t be complete without a good summary of curry houses, Indian restaurants and street food cafés for Brighton and Hove.
Here are our favourite Brighton and Hove curry houses, Indian restaurants and cafes, based on our favourites for authenticity, value for money and of course flavour.
These aren’t restaurants that have been adapted for the English palette – these restaurants and curry houses are the real deal. Some are award-winning, others simply serve up authentic dishes that they have been perfecting for years – with recipes often being passed down through the generations.
Situated along Brighton’s busy East Street, Indian Summer is flying the flag for authentic cuisine and is one of the longest running Indian restaurants in the city. Here you won’t find Indian dishes which have been changed for a British palette, instead, you will find popular Indian dishes fused from around the country. The entire menu can be made gluten-free and with one of the head chef’s being vegan, there is an exceptional selection for those on a plant-based diet. Making it a hat-trick, the service at Indian Summer is second to none with the restaurant winning Best Welcome in the 2019 BRAVOs. Join the Indian Summer team on weekends between 12-3pm for live jazz and an unbeatable atmosphere.
Planet India in Brighton has gained something nearing cult status in the city, especially for those who love to show off their knowledge of local gems; ‘sure it doesn’t look much from the outside, but wait ’til you taste the food!’ is a classic introduction for most newcomers. The Hove restaurant is a little different in vibe and a lot bigger in size but opening a second venue hasn’t detracted from the core what makes Planet India loved and returned to time and again. The food is entirely vegetarian about fifty per cent vegan, home cooked Gudgrati (ish) passed down from mother to son and daughter in law. Flavours are immense, portions generous, prices are low and good times are guaranteed, as owner Nilesh (or Neez as he is known) does his barefoot rounds, greeting customers like old friends and sharing stories. If you want the real Indian family meal this is it.
New to Hove in early 2019, Zama styles itself as an Indian cafe (not café). Serving North Indian, Punjabi cuisine ideally suited to sharing, the focus is on marination and depth of flavour rather than heat. At the centre of the menu is the tandoor, with aromatically seasoned meats cooked at super high, dry heat temperatures to seal in flavour and moisture while delivering an irresistibly charred surface. As well as tandoor the menu is divided into curry, dhals and biryanis giving a good selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes as well as gluten-free. The decor is modern, stylish and comfortable making Zama an instant hit in Hove for social gatherings and good food.
Manju’s is a cosy family run restaurant with the real star of the show being Manju (now in her 80’s) whose dream of opening her own restaurant was realised sixty years after arriving in the UK. Manju’s focuses on Gujarati vegetarian food with an excellent range of vegan, gluten-free and nut-free dishes. Manju manages and prepares the ever-changing menu, together with head chef Dee, while the front of house is managed by her son. The food is served tapas style and it comes out as its ready, so forget ideas of starter and mains, this is about digging in and mixing flavours from scoop to scoop. The intimate restaurant has taken the city by storm landing second place in the 2019 BRAVOs for Plant Champions, pipping some far more established Brighton venues to the place.
As well as delivering authentic South Indian street food and fragrant, expertly spiced curries, this relaxed, friendly dining space also serves up coffees, organic loose-leaf teas and a wide range of craft beers and wines from its newly opened premises on Ship Street, just 50 metres from Brighton seafront. This inexpensive menu includes a wide selection of vegan, gluten- and dairy-free dishes – including guilt-free cakes served 3-6pm. With a recent makeover to boot, Curry Leaf Cafe is looking better than ever with its new radiant backdrop.
If you find yourself wondering up St James’ street into the village then Curry Leaf Cafe’s sister venue the Kemptown Kitchen is a great choice. This open plan kitchen has a great bustling and cosy atmosphere. The food offering is different to the Ship Street venue, offering a greater section of dishes from all across India and with a more tapas feel to it, so it is worth the trip out of the city centre in its own right. As with the original Curry Leaf cafe, expect expertly prepared curry coupled with craft beers and a great selection for the vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diner.
The Curry Leaf Cafe now has a funky kiosk in the busy Brighton Station, serving up takeaway Indian street food seven days a week. Inspired by the street food stalls in bustling train stations across India, the Curry Leaf kiosk will offer a range of delicacies to the good commuters and locals of Brighton after a quick bite to go. From breakfast to warming curries and daals there’s something for every meal and the best part is it’s all cooked fresh and is one of the healthiest options at the train station.
An institution in Brighton and Hove and if you haven’t ever been you must go for the experience. Situated on the beautiful First Avenue at the seafront end in Hove, this underground restaurant boasts its own ‘Tropical Bar’ for pre-dinner drinks, then the food itself is quite distinct and full of flavour – with the food and their curries being of Indonesian- Malaysian influence.
A family run Indian bistro adjoining the glamorous MyHotel on Jubilee Square. Centrally located, this popular independent restaurant is large and brightly decorated with outside seating spilling into Jubilee square in summer months. The menu is inspired by chef and owner Alun Sperring’s own trips around India where he regularly returns to find new inspirations.
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The Eastern Eye is something of a quiet mouse when it comes to shouting from the roof-tops about their successful style of Indian cuisine – but this curry house is now firmly established as one of the leading Indian restaurants in Brighton. Situated in the up and coming London Road area, it is well worth the visit whatever part of the city you’re hailing from. Chef Murrali Dharan has spent much of his life cooking in top restaurants around the world and used to work for the equivalent of Michelin starred Indian restaurants before settling in Brighton.
The ‘Moonstone Sri Lankan’ Restaurant on Church Road in Hove is the only Sri Lankan restaurant on the south coast, offering a huge selection of vegetarian dishes as well as fish and meat dishes. Specialising in southern Sri Lankan cuisine which has its own lively and distinctive taste, this style of cooking uses only the freshest of ingredients, along with a selection of ground spices, sent over specially by members of Dimuthu’s family.
More Indian and Curry Restaurants – Brighton & Hove:
Aroma Spice 4 Lewes Road, Brighton (01273 677608)
Aroma Spice on Lewes Road is a family run Indian restaurant who claim to offer house specialities you won’t get anywhere else. With a fresh look and spacious seating, it’s ideal for celebrations and parties. Aroma Spice has a lovely atmosphere, the staff welcoming you like your part of the family. Fantastic special offers including a set menu for under a tenner and even a free half bottle of wine per 2 people. Bargain.
Ashoka 95 – 97 Church Road, Brighton.(01273 734193)
Established in 1977, Ashoka has developed an outstanding reputation over the years. Due to their popularity, they expanded and can now seat up to 150 people. A family run restaurant run by Mr Rafique Miah, you can tell that he and the rest of the family take huge pride in their food and the service they provide. Traditional Indian restaurant but not afraid to produce new and innovative dishes too.
Bombay Aloo 39 Ship Street, Brighton (01273 776038)
One of Brighton’s only Indian restaurants which is wholly vegetarian. Not only that but it is also a buffet only restaurants and does buffet ‘eat as much as you like’ for £4.95 all day and night. Serving classic homemade dishes such as saag aloo, vegetable korma and onion bhajis it is the perfect place when you want to leave with your belly full and your wallet full too!
Elizabethan Cottage 130-136 Old London Road (01273 507075)
Serving the finest Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine from a historic Elizabethan cottage in the sleepy village of Patcham. It is extremely traditional and dated inside but in that great way that many Indian restaurants can be. Red carpet, red floral wallpaper and a simple red flower on each table. The staff are very friendly and keen to ensure you have a good experience. Everything is hot, fresh tasting and perfectly cooked.
Ganges 93 Church Road, Hove (01273 728292)
Ganges is an authentic Indian restaurant on Church Road in Hove. With an incredibly extensive menu, there is something for everyone’s taste. The staff are very friendly and welcoming always serving with a smile. So friendly in fact, you’ll notice the staff referring to some regular customers by their first name. They do a great Sunday lunch selection of curries for only £5.
Indiana 4 Church Road, Hove (01273 731354)
Authentic Indian restaurant on Church road, Indiana has been around since 1993. Consistently provides high quality Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine made with pure and natural ingredients with no additives. Service is also very important to them at Indiana wanting you to have the best experience possible. A good selection of wines to choose from which can be unusual at some traditional Indians.
Memories of India Brighton Marina (01273 600644)
Based on the Brighton Marina, Memories of India is a journey through the rich and exotic cuisine of the Indian subcontinent. From Tandoori to Biryani, then House Specials to Korai dishes – here there is an extensive Indian menu to choose from, including a good range of vegetarian main course dishes and sides. Review.
Sri India 1-2 Wilmington Parade, Brighton (01273 330222)
The team at Sri India promise that you will be addicted to their curries after just one visit. They describe their food as ‘food from the heart.’ As well as the classics they create dishes that you won’t have tried before. Head Chef Partna Mittra has an impressive set of credentials including working for the Indian Prime Minister Mr Atal B. Modern and spacious with a beautiful conservatory for private dining.
And Finally… More Indian Restaurants
Akash Tandoori Restaurant 26 Preston Street, Brighton.(01273 324494) Takeaway Only
Chilka House 15 Baker Street, Brighton.(01273 677085)
Curry Mahal 171-173 Portland Road, Hove. (01273 779125)
Golden Tandoori 7 Boundary Road, Hove.(01273 413007)
Hove Tandoori 175 Church Road, Hove.(01273 737188)
Kemp Spices 51 St Georges Road, Brighton.(01273 623331)
Papadoms 75 Portland Road, Hove.(01273 729602)
Pavel 40 St James Street, Brighton.(01273 692711)
Raj Pavillion 16 Preston Road, Brighton.(01273 672255)
River Spice 17 Preston Street, Brighton.(01273 739183)
Seaside Tandoori 5 Victoria Terrace, Hove.(01273 773090)
Spice Tandoori 71 Old Shoreham Road (01273 739677)
Touch of India 34 Boundary Road, Portslade.(01273 424299)
Viceroy of India 13 Preston Street, Brighton.(01273 324733)
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