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The Chilli Pickle, a review.

The Chilli Pickle is firmly placed at the top of the list of Brighton’s favourite restaurants. After relocating relatively recently to a large site on Jubilee Square, it’s booked up way in advance and I have never heard anything but good songs sung about it (Joe Lutrario, editor of Restaurant magazine, is having his wedding reception there, And Caitlin Moran even likes it: “Brighton spiced food information: last night we ate literally everything on the menu at Chilli Pickle and it was awesome.”

This was my 2nd visit to the Chilli Pickle, after one drunk dabbling where I couldn’t really focus on what I was eating, (although even then it tasted bloody good) and on a separate occasion trying the leftovers of my colleagues epic Thali take-away Chilli Pickle box, I was ready to experience it in full in all its ‘nothing on the menu is mild’ glory.

Oh how amazing the food was, but oh how disappointing the atmosphere was. Not at all down to my dining companion or in-fact The Chilli Pickle, instead just a case of bad luck. Firstly seated under a breezy air-con unit, the staff happily transferred us to a much cosier, intimate table in time to be served our Chevda bombay style mix & mutton momo dumplings which were beautiful and our table perfect UNTIL the empty table next to us became occupied by two drunken guests, who began shouting and swearing at each other over their chapati’s. I lost my appetite and had to have my mutton dosa wrapped for take-away. A very sad state of affairs. My dining companion ploughed on through his Tandoori chicken platter alone (a hard task).

After the angry guests finally left without notice or settling up, my appetite came back in time to experience the dessert of all desserts; the toffee jaggery. I love rice, I love toffee, and I loved this. Do try it if you visit, it’s different and gorgeous.

The Chilli Pickle’s food really is stunning, it’s Indian, but not as you know it from the take away at the bottom of the road. Everything has a kick, and you won’t find a chicken Korma or Jalfrezi. It’s really thoughtful food, everything has its own little sauces and sides, making it a great experience to share and get stuck in to.

On the way home we paid a visit to the upstairs cocktail bar of Norman Cook’s Oki Nami, of which we were incredibly impressed by. Walk past Valentino’s and go next door!

The good news is The Chilli Pickle’s food tasted just as great the next day from my take-away box, they also transferred the sides into little plastic tubs for me. Touch.





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