The Curry Leaf Cafe has been on the list for a foodie visit for a while and on Monday we finally treated ourselves to lunch there. Recently named one of the top ten places to drink in the city by the Guardian Newspaper, and a silver award winner in the ‘Best Newcomer’ category of the 2014 Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards, the Curry Leaf Cafe serves up South Indian street food in the heart of Brighton’s Lanes.
The first thing that comes across when you walk in the door, apart from the vibrant decor, is the friendly welcome and relaxed atmosphere. We were seated towards the back where the light from glass greenhouse-like ceiling poured in, I was just imagining doing a photo shoot there, the light was amazing! We started with a Mixed Nibbles Platter, Masala roasted peanuts tossed in chopped onion, tomatoes, coriander and chilli with mini flavoured poppadoms to dip in Tamarind and Date, Mango with a touch of chilli and Beetroot and garlic chutney’s, all amazingly aromatic and tasty! Then came the problem, there was so much I wanted to sample from the lunch menu! I chose the Open Naan Wrap served on a bed of Laccha salad, pickled red onions and Curry Leaf Cafe signature drizzles with deliciously tender Tandoori Chicken Tikka.
My dining companions aka the girls both chose the Dosai, crisp, folded rice-flour crêpes, served with bucket sambar – a spiced vegetable stew, accompanied by coconut and ginger chutney’s. One of the Dosa was stuffed with Potatoes and green pea mash, tempered with mustard seeds, the other stuffed with sautéed onions tossed in cumin seeds. I really must try these next time.
Taking a look at the dinner menu , we will definitely have to return to sample more dishes, just writing about them is making my mouth water! The Curry Leaf Cafe certainly delivers nutritious deliciousness. You can find the Curry Leaf Cafe at 60 Ship Street, Brighton. a stone’s throw from the seafront.