Curry Leaf’s ‘Kemptown Kitchen’ is now open
One of Brighton’s favourite and most established Indian restaurants is expanding its empire. Curry Leaf Cafe has been catering for Brightonian’s from its Ship Street location since April 2014 and just last week it opened another new restaurant in Kemptown. The ‘Kemptown Kitchen’, as it will be known, has a slight twist, though as owner Euan Sey tells me:
It’s still very much Curry Leaf Cafe, but a little more grown up than before, a little more playful.
In keeping with the Kemptown community, it has its own unique approach to dining. The open plan kitchen will allow diners to feel more involved in the cooking. Whilst they chat they will smell the lamb chargrilling in the tandoor and hear the sound of dosas crisping up on the hot plate, tantalising all the senses.
The focus is on social food – dishes are designed to be shared over a few drinks, rather than a formal sit down. The menu comprises of small plates, street food, and spiced cocktails, with food borrowed from all corners of India and a few interesting detours are thrown in as well.
With a menu that changes each month, there is a reliance on local farms and producers for many of the ingredients and Euan has told me to look out for some really fun dishes appearing soon, once they have their feet firmly under the rug.
Located on Upper St James’s Street, close to Kemptown village, it is open for evening dining seven nights a week, on a first come first served basis, although bookings are taken for large groups.
I love small plates – even if it means I have to share my food – and I’ll be heading down soon to try it for myself.
Sunday – Thursday: 5pm-10pm
Friday – Saturday: 5pm -10:30pm
Curry Leaf Cafe Kemptown Kitchen
40-42 Upper St James’s Street
*Photos provided by Curry Leaf Cafe
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