Event – Curry Leaf Cafe, Press Launch
So, you grow up in Scotland loving curry; you leave home, move to Brighton and put an ad on Gumtree for a flat mate. In walks an Indian chef with an impressive CV and two years later the Curry Leaf Cafe opens.
Open on the site of the now defunct Pizza 7 on Ship Street, Curry Leaf Cafe is a great position for passing trade and it’s a nice bright interior that welcomes you in. Instead of the old cliché of sitar music, the sounds from an Indian street market waft over us. And street food is what this cafe is all about.
Tucking in to a Meantime lager instead of the usual Cobra is a good start. Mango lassi with pistachios is a great way to cool things down after some spicy potato puri and what is honestly the best vegetable pakora I’ve ever had. We move on hungrily through chicken in chapatti, a beautifully made lamb seekh style kebab and soft green tandoori chicken.We try more lovely food; light, succulent fried fish in chickpea flour and fantastic hot potato inside a thick Indian brea that I haven’t seen before, kind of like a potato farl.
The chutneys and sauces that accompanied the food were excellent, my personal fave being the coconut chutney. There are plans to introduce Indian wines, which I am all for. India is a huge country and has been making wine for a while now. I shall be back to try some as there are mixed reports, in the press to put it mildly.
Where I think Curry Leaf changes the game is this is a cafe. You can come in for a coffee or tea (both from India) or a wrap or you can have some street food or a larger meal. It’s casual, fun, easy, no need to sit down for 3 hours, drink 7 Cobras and roll home. Indian food is changing in Brighton. Thanks Gumtree!
Words and photographs by Sam Redfern.
Sam Redfern’s food and drinks were complementary of Curry Leaf Cafe.