• Curry Leaf Cafe

Curry Leaf Cafe

Curry Leaf Shop

60 Ship Street

Brighton

BN1 1AE

01273 207070

curryleafcafe.com

This is a storming addition to the Indian dining roster, winning Silver in the Best Newcomer category at the 2014 Brighton and Hove Food Awards. Initial daytime impression is of a laid-back cafe (that’s the look). Thalis, wraps, street food snack at lunchtime are followed by Darjeeling and cakes during late afternoon tiffin time. Oh yes and, provided you nibble on something you can take advantage of one of the hippest craft beer lists in town. Alongside London icons Kernel and Beavertown are food-friendly Belgian ales such as Verhaeghe and Rodenbach and on draught Indian food-friendly Meantime Pils. After 6pm these top tipples can accompany generous helpings of more complex South Indian food. The presentation alone is almost worth the queues to get in. Wooden trays and beaten silver platters showcase head chef Kanthi Kiran Thamma’s dishes, brimming with the spice, coconut and curry leaf flavours of his native Hyderabad, but also ranging across the Sub-continent. For starters try the Karawari Pea and Parsnip Tikki (£5.50), crisp fried veg cakes flavoured with ginger, green curry and chilli leaves and served in a tomato, chilli and garlic sauce; or Venison Chettinad Boti Kebab (£6.90), where cubes of the meat are marinated in fennel, star anise, black pepper and coconut oil, then chargrilled and served with apricot chutney. Mains are equally tantalising. We love the (pure Kerala) Alleppy Guinea Fowl Mappas (£13.50). The fowl is simmered in a thick creamy sauce, based on spiced coconut milk, and served simply with a dosa. The veggie in the office swears by the festive Tamil Nadu speciality, where potatoes, parsnips, green peas and squash are flavoured with coriander, fennel, poppy seeds and dried red chillies (£12). Unmissable, too, is Indian brunch from10.30 am on Sundays.

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