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BRAVO Food Awards 2017 – Best 'Feel Good Eats'
Waitrose Good Food Guide 2016 & 2017 – 'Local Gem'

The Telegraph Travel – Brighton City Guide 2017
The Guardian – Top 10 places to drink in Brighton
Tony Naylor, Olive Magazine – UK's top 10 'flexitarian' restaurants
2016 Muddy Stilettos Awards (Sussex) – 'Best Casual Dining'
Pat Chapman/Cobra Good Curry Guide 2016 – Certificate of Excellence
Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards 2016 – 'Best Place to do Business'
Brighton & Hove Independent Business Awards 2016 – 'Team of the Year'
2015 Asian Curry Awards – 
'Best Newcomer, South Coast'
The Culture Trip – 'Local Favourite 2015'

2015 Celebration of Sussex Life Awards – 'Newcomer of the Year'
Brighton & Hove Independent – 'Best Newcomer 2014'
2014 Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards – 'Best Newcomer' Silver

Curry Leaf Cafe serves award-winning Indian street food, curries and craft beers from three colourful and unique dining spots in Brighton. The original cafe is located in the heart of The Lanes and operates as a cafe-cum-lunch spot during the day with a range of coffees, teas, snacks and traditional South Indian street food – as well as more substantial meals such as thali platters, dosas and Masala-battered fish 'n chips. In the evenings diners flock to the cafe to experience its small but diverse dinner menu of tandoor-grilled meats, vegan street dishes and expertly spiced curries, accompanied by Brighton's best range of craft beers and spiced cocktails
The most recent addition to the Curry Leaf Cafe family is our new Kemptown Kitchen, located in Brighton's vibrant Kemptown district. Equipped with an open-style kitchen & dining layout, the new restaurant offers a playful take on Indian food that focuses on 'small plates', street food and spiced cocktails. The venue also provides a seven-days-a-week home takeaway delivery service in collaboration with Deliveroo, plus a 10% discount to customers who order direct & pick up from the restaurant. 
In early 2016, Curry Leaf Cafe made history by launching an Indian street food kiosk inside Brighton Station – a UK first – serving up an exciting menu of authentic Indian breakfasts, street food, curries, paratha wraps and craft beer… all day, seven days a week.


Owners Euan Sey (left) and Kanthi Kiran Thamma (right) at the cafe

Owners Euan Sey (left) and Kanthi Kiran Thamma (right) at the cafe

Curry Leaf Cafe is the brainchild of Hyderabad-born chef Kanthi Kiran Thamma and journalist Euan Sey. The pair first met when Kanthi answered Euan’s advert on Gumtree asking for a flatmate to share his home in Brighton. After nine months of cooking, debating, planning and searching for a suitable venue, in April 2014 they opened their first restaurant – the Curry Leaf Cafe, located in the heart of Brighton’s Lanes. They now run three distinct outlets within the city.



Chef Kanthi’s career in food started at the Taj Hotel in Goa. After a variety of catering roles in Southern India, Switzerland and the USA, he moved to the UK in 2007, eventually becoming Food Champion at Jamie Oliver’s Recipease in Brighton – experiences that left him with a profound respect for quality seasonal ingredients. His menus change according to season, featuring high-quality locally sourced meats & vegetables combined with the finest imported Indian spices for maximum flavour. Around half the menu is vegetarian, and a wide selection of vegan, gluten- and dairy-free dishes is offered throughout the day at all three Curry Leaf Cafe sites.

A short video introducing Chef Kanthi Thamma


Curry Leaf Cafe sources its meat directly from a family-run farm in Oxford called Timpsons. The owner, Dean Timpson, butchers all his meats in-house and delivers them to our restaurants daily to ensure maximum freshness. Similarly, we’re proud to say that Our fish and seafood comes from MCB Seafoods – an award-winning wild catchery in Newhaven that’s part of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition and was the first fishery in the UK to receive sustainable certification from the Friend of the Sea association.



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