I'm not a fan of Indian food. Restaurants in NYC reek of too much curry and I always leave smelling horribly. Add to it the fact that the food is hard to taste because of the spices. So I am NOT a fan of Indian food....but that was until I went to Brighton in October.
My UK friends always tell me that 'curry' in the US is crap compared to the UK so I took his advice and let him bring me here.
OMG! It was amazing! I actually tasted the food. I never thought I'd be into chickpeas until that night. I still dream about the dishes...
I think what made it a bit different was that it's like an Indian fusion place. Whatever it was, it worked. My friend and I got the prix fixe dinner so we shared an app, each ordered an entree and shared dessert. That with a few glasses of wine made for an amazing meal in a really nice place.
Indian Summer has made it to my favourite restaurant list! The food is absolutely delicious and the service is impeccable. My partner and I came here mid-week for dinner and it was busy! He had the pork belly roast dish and I had the lamb and we both thoroughly enjoyed our meals. I can't remember what we ordered for starters but all I remember was how tasty they were! The menu is a bit pricey but I believe it's worth it. Thankfully voucher cloud has an offer going on right now but honestly, I would pay full price here for their great quality of food. I will definitely come back!
This place is not the average Indian restaurant, offering some adventurous and unusual dishes you won't find elsewhere.
Food carries European influences - there was one venison dish on the menu - and also seems quite South Indian, with lots of vegan dishes and spicy pickles. It's not cheap - a two course set menu will set you back £20 - but definitely worth it if you're bored of the standard rogan josh etc. I had a lamb dish, the name of which escapes me, but it was beautiful - tender and tasty.
The lunch special at this restaurant offers excellent value. For £10, you get a choice of drink (wine, beer, water or juice) and two courses.
Bhel poori was good and prettily presented, while my main course - a slow-cooked lamb dish - was served with papad and rice. Again presentation and flavour were both good (with spicing on the mild side). Service was friendly and helpful.
After being given a little 'cup-a-soup' as an appetizer the tone was truly set. The appetizer was bland and whiffed of powder and kettle....
My starter of tandoori swordfish wasn't too bad, the fish spoke for itself, but my main of Barramundi fish was almost unpalatable, it was smothered in black pepper with all the skill of a 10year old chef, the rice was not too dissimilar to Bachelor's famous sachets.
Add to this an expensive bottle of cheap wine and the disappointment was well rounded off, oh that and the £63 bill for two. My partner's aubergine main dish was awfully bland, no hint of the promised smoked aubergine.... her lentil dahl was bland and missing all the fragrant and aromatic joys of the real deal.
This restaurant is well worth giving a miss - sorry, I felt that offended!
This place is the perfect restaurant where you can order something from the menu when you have no idea what it is and know you will love it. I am always forced to try something different as I can never find something that sounds like anything I have eated before, but it has never disappointed. When the restaurant first opened it was in a tiny place across the road from where they are now and the first time we went we filled the whole restaurant. Within a very short space of time they had expanded which is a credit to their fatastic food as Brighton is a competative market.
A bit pricey, but not poncy: def worth a visit.
We visited as a party of 6 on a Friday night and were very impressed with the pretty much everything, including reasonable prices for such good food and service.
The food was superb, with lovely touches such as a very tasty pre-starter demitasse of lentil soup with a small spiced savoury pastry, plus a palate cleaner of fruit vodka between the starter and main.
No Kingfisher or Cobra on the beer list (now 'brewed under license in the UK') but a very tasty imported Kenyan beer instead - impressive.
The deserts were to die for (we ordered all of them and shared between us) plus a small but good selection of desert wines.
The menus clearly state which meals are vegan and/or gluten free - which is great.
Our ONLY criticism was the printing of the menus, which was poor and made them very hard to read in low lighting. I had to get someone to read it for me.
To be honest I only went to Indian Summer because the Rasa restaurant which was reviewed on Yelp wasn't there and has been replaced by some dodgy joint advertising Indian Tapas, which didn't appeal to me at all. Anyway, Indian Summer is a delightful place. Not the usual curry place where you order your dishes and all share a bit of each one. This place has a set menu with options for 2 or 3 courses and your meal is served to you specifically on your own plate. Lovely food and great service. I had 2 courses, swordfish starter with a succulent chicken main course. Enjoyed every mouthful. £22.95 plus drinks.
Had dinner here while staying over for 1 night at Brighton with a colleague and his wife who live in Brighton. The quality of the food was good, but the dishes were not authentic Indian. The portions are small and though the prices are not outrageous they are not that great either. The staff was VERY friendly though. Probably not revisiting but if you are really in the mood for Indian while at Brighton I guess you might be hard-pressed to find a better spot.
Really amazing food, good wine selection, great ambience, definitely recommended.
This contempory Indian restaurant is great if you want to try something different. The actual restaurant is extremely stylish and the staff are very accomodating. It's the ideal place for a first date or a special evening. The food is really good and interesting adding a modern twist to dishes you might know and introducing you to many you might not. It's not especially cheap, though it's not ridiculously expensive, but if you are on a bit of a budget but would like to go look out for the Evening Argus offer that they do every year around March as they always have Indian Summer as one of the restaurants you can go to and enjoy two courses and a glass of wine for £10. I went three times last time the deal was on!
If you want an indian dinner, but the type that you might actually find in india, this is the place for you. East street is known for being trendy, and this place fits right in. crisp white decor with touches of dark wood and massive mirrors, its the ultimate in chic dinner locations. But what really excells is the food. I hate hot food, but even the hottest dish here has been eaten by myself simply because it was so tasty I couldn't resist. Definitely worth a visit for something different. You will not be dissapointed.
Lovely. Great all round, chicken starter was perfect. Good front of house.
Can't believe my review has been removed! Why? Just because I have spoken the awful dining experience?
Don't visit this restaurant if you want a traditional curry, it is not such.
Visit here if you want to dissect the pompous menu, where 20 words describe a dish when 3 would do.
It is at best comtempory and at worse not even an Indian restaurant as one would know it to be.
I think this is the best Indian Restaurant in Brighton including the Chilli Pickle (although admittedly it is a close call). This restaurant's venue is a lot more ambient. The food is delicious and the service was fantastic.
Indian Summer is a lovely name for a restaurant and this restaurant is beautifully decorated. It is not as it's website implies the only Indian restaurant in Brighton but it may be the prettiest. It falls into the category of fancy Indian restaurants- with higher prices, more elaborate dishes and elegant decor. I was excited when I saw the menu- the dishes sounded complex, original and delicious. I ordered the Bhel Puri as a starter, which was incredible- fresh, delicious and huge portion. Then I had the Aloo Paneer Gulati- they had two or three very nice looking veggie options and a vegan option, as well as fish, chicken and lamb dshes. The main course was not as remarkable as the starter and my friends thought their dishes were good but a little bland- where were all the spices promised on the menu? Having said that the food was still fresher and less oily than most Indian restaurants but then the prices were higher. I would guess that this is a restaurant that is great if you pick the right items of the menu. They also do lunch tiffin boxes which are an excellent idea but at £6.50 are too expensive for me to contemplate.
The food was lovely, well cooked and interesting. However, it does not give you much choice as they offer a set menu or nothing It is very expensive and not intirely worth it. Also, I didn't like paying the same for lamb or lentils I probably wouldn't go back but I wouldn't tell my freinds to avoid either
Excellent dining experience - loved the food, nice ambiance and great service. You pay a little more than for most indian restaurants but was really worth it. The flavours and high quality ingredients make a real difference and I can't wait to go back!
A curry house with a difference. Really lovely tasty food with the true taste of India.
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