Indian cuisine in the present day is cemented within British culture. Through the sensational flavours and spicy (or not if you’re not so daring) thrill of an Indian meal has become a staple in the British heart.
When in Brighton and wanting some Indian food, you’re presented with a wide variety of options that can seem overwhelming to most. However, fear not, as here we have put together a guide of Brighton’s best Indian restaurants to help you choose from the array of tempting options.
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Our top picks for Indian restaurants
Indian Restaurants in Brighton
Experience acclaimed, genuine Indian flavours amidst the heart of vibrant Brighton. Serving mouth-watering regional Indian cuisine, catering for the majority of dietary needs, available to dine-in and takeaway. Situated in the bustling Lanes, their restaurant is adorned with Indian street images and candlelit walls aimed to give a genuine Indian experience.
Manju’s, a quaint family-operated Indian restaurant, is nestled within the lively and bustling North Laines of Brighton. Named in honour of their mother, “Manju’s – Indian Restaurant” and the remarkable journey of a woman who, having spent her formative years in Uganda, Africa, faced adversity early in life. It is recommended to book with them as they cater to small amounts of customers at a time.
Bayleef is a lively restaurant providing a selection of classic Indian cuisine, including options for vegetarians. Their extensive menu contains authentic specialities from all regions of India, specialising in Tandoori, Khorai, and Fish dishes. A private function room is available for private parties or conferences for up to 30 people. Their trick is sourcing out fresh ingredients and decades of experience in the Indian food industry. Their Chef meticulously mixes and blends the spices and herbs to create mouthwatering dishes for customers to indulge in and enjoy.
Planet India is a family-run Indian vegetarian restaurant with colourful decor and a compact menu of regional dishes. Authentically run with homemade flare, they cater exclusively to the vegetarian community with their menu. Serving Brighton and Hove since 2004, they offer a great take on this cuisine.
THE CHILLI PICKLE
The Chilli Pickle Brighton first opened its doors in 2008 and later relocated to its present location on Jubilee Street in 2010. Since then, it has earned a well-deserved reputation. During lunch hours, the focus is on a delightful array of light bites, kebabs, salads, and street food. The Grand Thalis, a highlight, offers a vibrant journey through the diverse flavours of India. When it comes to dinner, guests can relish the complete Chilli Pickle sharing experience, featuring both classic and inventive renditions of street food, regional curries, and delectable kebabs. Not to be missed is their signature Barbecue Surf & Turf, all thoughtfully prepared with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and sourcing the finest quality produce.
Cardamom is a local favourite authentic Indian restaurant & takeaway. They strive for the best possible service for all of their loyal customers, with collection, delivery or eat-in options available. If you have any food allergies that they’d need to be aware of, simply make them aware then it can be sorted for you. Open seven days a week, they serve the community with wonderful cuisine.
CURRY LEAF CAFE
At Curry Leaf Cafe, their original restaurant offers home-style South Indian food and (officially) the UK’s finest range of craft beers served in a colourful, laid-back dining space adorned with wooden tables, exposed brick walls, and vintage Indian design touches. Visitors can drop by for a few beers and a bowl of pakoras, and they might even end up staying for a three-course dinner on the colourful, sun-lit mezzanine. This represents Indian cafe culture, Brighton style.
MOHAMMED SPICE OF LIFE
At Mohammed Spice of Life, they offer fresh, home-cooked Bangladeshi food and Goan speciality dishes. Mohammed Spice of Life is a proud participant in the Brighton & Hove Healthy Choice scheme. They have earned the Healthy Choice Award through their commitment to preparing dishes from scratch, using fresh ingredients, and providing a diverse menu with various portion sizes. This achievement ensures that their customers can trust in the availability of delicious food prepared, cooked, and served in a healthier manner.
Specialising in Indian cuisine, the restaurant offers a delightful and authentic menu. Chef’s recommendations feature enticing dishes such as the Tandoori Golden Chicken, a delectable combination of chicken pieces in a special sauce with pesto, cream, minced meat, egg, and tomatoes, served alongside fragrant pilau rice. Another highlight is the Gohst Kata Masala, a tender lamb dish infused with sliced onion, ginger garlic, and garam masala, served in a rich, thick sauce. For those with a taste for unique flavours, the Afghani dish offers tender chicken marinated in fruit juices, blended with herbs, and garnished with almonds and mint sauce. Additionally, the menu includes the Lamb Kufta, featuring marinated meatballs cooked in a tandoori oven, served with a flavorful medium sauce and rice. Beyond these chef’s recommendations, the restaurant also offers a wide selection of Traditional Curries, House Specials, and even English Dishes, ensuring that there’s something to satisfy every palate.