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Indian Restaurants Brighton
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Indian Summer is Brighton’s oldest authentic Indian Restaurant. Here you won’t find Indian dishes which have been changed for a British palette, instead, you will find popular Indian dishes delivered with a high-end dining experience at an affordable price. The entire menu can be made gluten-free and there is a fantastic vegan selection. Indian Summer won Best Welcome in the 2019 BRAVOs. Join the Indian Summer team on weekends between 12-3pm for live jazz and an unbeatable atmosphere.
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 refurbished premises on Ship Street, just 50 metres from Brighton seafront. This inexpensive menu includes a wide selection of vegan, gluten- and dairy-free dishes. They have also been named as one of the 12 top Indian restaurants in the UK by the BBC Good Food Magazine.
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. The food is served tapas style and it comes out as its ready, so forget ideas of starter and mains. 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 post.
If you find yourself wandering up St James’ street into the village then Curry Leaf Cafe’s Kemptown Kitchen, is a great choice. This open plan kitchen has a 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. 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.
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. 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 Gujarati (ish) recipes passed down from mother to son and daughter in law. Flavours are immense, portions generous, prices are low and good times are guaranteed.
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.
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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