Planet India Hove
A little while ago, I lived near Lewes Road and had the wonderful experience of visiting Planet India Brighton. I was so happy to hear that they were opening in Hove. Planet India Hove describes themselves as ‘Authentic homemade Indian food made by authentic homemade Indians’ which I instantly loved.
The same but different
My friend and I arrived and I really enjoyed the location, hidden along Third Avenue, Hove. This old building looks like an old hotel with a great entrance and artwork on the outside. I was surprised to see how different it was to their Brighton location, being twice the size and quite a bit fancier. The manager kindly took us to our table and introduced himself as ‘Neez, like the opposite to elbows’ but spelt differently.
Their recipes come from their parents and they still follow exactly what Mum and Dad made.
I have always loved a family run business that has a history such as theirs. Even though this a slightly smarter location, it still has a really lovely, relaxed atmosphere and still feels like a family run business.
Authentic Indian cuisine
We started with a glass of red whilst we perused the menu. We had to try the Thali as it was highly recommended. Really well balanced and authentic. We were given two types of Dahl that you really only find in India, Tarka Dhal and Toor Dhal – perfect for dunking one of their chapatis/bread. Dhal is one of my favourite Indian dishes and they did not disappoint, perfectly creamy and rich in flavour. They’re launching their Thalia in the early evening with a gimlet – fresh, homemade lime juice and gin – which was delicious and the perfect palette cleanser.
The onion bhajis were without a doubt the best we’ve had so far in Brighton.
Perfectly crisp not too dense. I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of Bhajis usually but I could have eaten 20 of them. They were great with the tamarind/yoghurt dip. Vegan options available.
Full flavoured veggie delights
Alex’s favourite dish was the aubergine in yoghurt curry- side of cabbage. The traditional name for this is Kadi, a blend of yoghurt and chickpea flour, sweet, sour and saucy. We had a lot of flavours going on (and we loved getting to try so many) but this dish was a smooth creamy dish to balance out all that firstly spice.
My favourite, however, was the peas and paneer dish, beautifully salted and amazing texture. Their menu is full of humour, they really show their personalities through their food which make it a much more authentic experience. Paneer is one of my favourite foods and they did it so well with both of the dishes we tried. The other was the Spinach and Paneer curry, the panner is fried and mixed with curried spinach and fenugreek leaves.
Always room for dessert…
We could barely fit this all in and then came the desserts, (I believe I have a separate stomach for sweets, always manage to fit them in.) Planet India makes their own ice cream and is self-described as ‘truly out of this world’ and I completely agree. My favourite by far is their cardamon ice cream, such an unusual flavour but worked perfectly together. The vegan coconut ice cream was also to die for. We ended up with two Panna Cotta served with raspberry coulis and a ‘perfect wobble’ and managed to devour them both.
We had an absolutely wonderful experience with the Planet India family and we will definitely be back again! I need to try everything else on the menu.See the listing for Planet India Hove