Tonight I had the pleasure of dining at Rickshaw Oriental on Ship Street in Brighton – a Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean & Indian fusion restaurant, wine & cocktail bar.
Entering the restaurant was like apparating to the east. The decor has been authentically considered and the little details show. Running water trickles down from the inside water feature and soft mood lighting glows against the wave-textured walls creating a relaxing ambience.
Because I was driving this evening the cocktails were sadly off limits. However, this worked to my advantage as it led us to order a bottle of sparkling San Pellegrino mineral water. I’m not normally a sparkling water fan but the Italian brand changed all that for me. Make sure you try it next time you have the option – you might be surprised!
With my thirst quenched it was time to get onto the important stuff – ordering the food! The menu was impressively tempting and after much deliberation I opted for RED KING CURRY PRAWNS (£8) to start. The charcoal-grilled butterfly prawns were served in their shell with a fragrant red curry and coconut cream sauce. Catherine chose the JAPANESE GOYZA (£6) which included 5 crispy dumplings stuffed with vegetables and served with a Japanese sauce – naturally we shared our dishes.
The dumplings were very tasty but not being pescatarian or vegan, like Catherine, I would opt for the chicken and vegetable dumplings in future.
To follow our starters Catherine choose a THAI PRAWN MASSAMAN CURRY (£11) with a smooth aromatic peanut curry sauce with coconut milk, as recommended by the owner Fabio. I ordered the KING PRAWN MASALA (£14) with ginger, coriander and cumin in a rich coconut gravy. The dish came served with pilaf rice, a chapatti, mango chutney and creamy yogurt. Both dishes were delicious (we shared these again) but my personal favourite was Catherine’s Massaman curry, which was the perfect balance of spicy and sweet flavours.
Fabio joined us for our main and ordered the CANTONESE ROAST DUCK (£10) – slowly roasted and served with pak choi vegetables. (Again I tried this too). The duck was perfectly cooked, moist and tender – another contender for my favourite list. Finally we cleansed our palettes with two scoops of sorbet, one mango and one lemon. The perfect end to a delectable dinner.
£20 pp (2-courses, excluding drinks)
Overall I was impressed with the restaurant, the food was very reasonably priced and the variety of Asian dishes on the menu cater for all different tastes. I also discovered the dishes are cooked in coconut oil, as opposed to animal fat, which means Rickshaw is a vegan-friendly establishment!
Phone: 01273 911811
Address: 30 Ship Street Brighton, BN1 1AB
*Disclosure: My dining experience was complimentary – but this has not influenced my review of the restaurant. All views are my own.