Whilst most children begged for pizza and chips, I wanted poppadoms and spicy chicken in luxurious flavoursome sources. Yep, I wasn’t your average 5 year old.
Other than being a curry addict, I’m also a massive foodie, and when I hear raving reviews about a restaurant I get a huge complex that I’m missing out until I go there; so that’s exactly what I did last night with Curry Leaf Cafe in Ship Street, Brighton.
From the outside, Curry Leaf looks quite quaint and small, but inside it’s very spacious and goes back really far. What I loved about it is that you’re not sandwiched next to other tables, and so you feel like you can have a proper conversation without Sandra and Steve on the next table listening in!
It was very busy, but the waiter still gave us his undivided attention and all of our food and drinks were brought out promptly. This is not a restaurant that uses ‘sorry for the delay, we are very busy tonight’ as an excuse. They just get on with it!
We had a bottle of prosecco (obviously) alongside our starters. For our starters, we had a selection of Mini Poppadoms which came with dips, Spinach & Pepper Pakoras, Chatambade (the most amazing lentil fritters with ginger, dry chillies and cumin) and Andhra Chilli Chicken. These starters, especially the chicken are great for you spice lovers. A lot of the time with starters they can be a bit half hearted and lacking any flavour or vigour; Curry Leaf Cafe is the total opposite. They just get you even more excited for your main!
So the starters were incredible; I think starters or ‘nibbles’ are one of the best parts of an Indian meal. Something else I liked was that we didn’t feel rushed. Some places you go, the second you put your fork down from your starter, your plates are being whisked away and your main is in fromt of you. At Curry Leaf, we actually had time to let our food go down and sit and talk for a while before our mains were brought out.
I ordered the Kurumuluku Kozhi curry, a chicken curry served with lentil daal and spring onion the and red chilli naan. It was beautifully aromatic and full of flavour. The sauce was thick and the chicken soft and completely boneless. The naan has just the right level of spice and dipped in the curry sauce it was just perfect. I’m normally a boring Korma girl who had never really branched out, so I am so glad I went for something a little spicer as it definitely paid off and my curry preferences have wholeheartedly changed.
All in all it was a wonderful evening and the type of place you can eat, drink AND be merry for an entire night.
And guess what? I will be running a competition next week where YOU can win a meal for two with a bottle of house wine at Curry Leaf Cafe in Brighton. Stay tuned on my Twitter and Instagram for more deets coming soon.
You can book a table, have a look at the menu and see what Curry Leaf looks like inside all at curryleafcafe.com.
All my love BGP xx