Curry Leaf Cafe was launched in April 2014 in Brighton by journalist Euan Sey and Hyderabadi-born chef Kanthi Thamma, with the goal of providing a relaxed, colourful space in which diners could explore authentic South Indian food alongside a wide range of craft beers specifically chosen to complement the flavours of that part of the country. When Kanthi left the company to pursue personal projects in the summer of 2017, Gouranga Bera – head chef of the original Brighton Lanes Cafe for the previous four years – stepped up to take over as head chef of the Curry Leaf Cafe brand. Together with Operations Manager Stewart Cumming, they serve award-winning Indian street food, curries and craft beers from three colourful and unique dining spots in the city.
BRIGHTON LANES CAFE
The original Brighton Lanes Cafe 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 tandoor naan wraps. In the evenings diners visit the cafe to experience its small but diverse menu of tandoor-grilled specialities, street food and expertly spiced curries, accompanied by Brighton's best range of craft beers and cocktails.
The most recent addition to the Curry Leaf Cafe family is Kemptown Kitchen, located in Brighton's vibrant Kemptown district to the east of the city. This smaller open-plan kitchen/dining space offers a playful take on Indian food that focuses on sharing, rather than a ‘starters and mains’ style of service, with the option of smaller plates for those who want to taste as many dishes as possible. Like the Brighton Lanes Cafe, it offers a range of craft beers and cocktails to be enjoyed alongside the street food, tandoor dishes, curries and spiced desserts produced by the chefs that can be seen working on the other side of the pass.
BRIGHTON STATION KIOSK
In early 2016, Curry Leaf Cafe made history as the first Indian food brand to launch inside a British train station, opening up a colourful purpose-built kiosk inside Brighton station serving up authentic Indian pastries, street food, curries, wraps, salad boxes, tea, coffee and craft beer – from early till late, seven days a week – as well as delivery via our partner Deliveroo.
Fast food, Curry Leaf Cafe style...
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
BBC Good Food Magazine, Oct 2018 – ‘Britain’s Best Indian Food’
Olive Magazine – '19 Best Indian Restaurants in the UK'
GQ Magazine – 'Best Indian Restaurants & Takeaways'
Waitrose Good Food Guide 2016, 2017 & 2018 – 'Local Gem'
The Week – ‘UK’s Best Casual Indian Restaurants’
FreeFrom Eating Out Awards 2017 – 'UK's Best Independent Restaurants' (Gold)
The Guardian – Top 10 Places to Drink in Brighton
Tony Naylor, Olive Magazine – ‘UK's Top 10 Flexitarian Restaurants’
Brighton & Hove Food Awards 2017 – 'Best International Cuisine' / 'Best Family Dining' / 'Best Takeaway (Silver)'
BBC Good Food – 'Best Places to Eat in Brighton'
BRAVO Food Awards 2017 – Best 'Feel Good Eats'
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'
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'