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Colourful, laid back dining space - Curry Leaf Cafe, Brighton, East Sussex

Curry Leaf Cafe

4.6
4.6
193 Reviews
£25 and under
Indian
Think lavish three-course Indian feasts, killer craft beers from local Sussex breweries and spiced cocktails – all set in a cosy, colourful, independently run venue near Brighton beach, which has been listed as a 'local gem' in every edition of the Good Food Guide since 2014. Featuring a 70-seat, split-level dining space, the restaurant is decked out with exposed brick walls, wooden tables and vintage Indian design touches.

Curry Leaf Cafe's culinary heart lies in South India, focusing on fragrant curries, crisp-fried street food and chargrilled tandoor dishes, all served 'sharing style' for the table to enjoy. Around half the menu is vegan, and there's a wide range of gluten-free dishes on offer. While the flavours are authentic, you'll find a few contemporary twists – including a range of loaded naans at lunchtime, sold alongside the always popular thali platters (now available until 6:30pm daily).

This is Indian cafe culture, Brighton style.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 17 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Contemporary Indian, South Indian
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri, Sun 12:00–15:00 Mon–Thu 17:30–21:30 Fri 17:30–22:00 Sat 12:00–22:00 Sun 17:30–21:00
  • Phone number
    01273 207070
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Brighton
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Vegan, Wine

What 193 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

193 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant serving Indian food. Staff friendly and helpful. Food came quickly. Reasonably priced and very tasty . Recommend booking especially on a Saturday.

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  2. DipakD

    Brighton

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Perfect pre show meal , lovely curries and masala chai

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  3. Blanco1

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is delicious, fresh with decent portion sizes and good value for money. The staff were amazing and even when large groups of people arrived they still maintained excellent service. Would definitely come back to The Curry Leaf Cafe soon.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and really nice atmosphere. Excellent service until the end of our meal: when we declined dessert, the waiter immediately brought the bill, without us asking and without checking to see if we wanted another drink or tea etc, and then kept coming back looking to see if we'd paid. Eventually, he just brought the card machine and we felt compelled to pay and go. There were still other people eating when he brought the bill so it was not even as if we were the last people there. A bit of an awkward end to an otherwise lovely evening.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Curry Leaf Cafe food is imaginative, excellent quality and value. You can taste the freshness of the ingredients! Friendly, efficient staff, great ambience.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely environment, great staff, fantastic food. I can’t recommend it enough.

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  7. ZoeW

    West Sussex

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly service, great choice of food including street food, curies, sizzlers and desserts. Plenty of vegan options. Drinks include a good selection of draught local beer, cocktails and wine. Tucked away in the lanes it is easy to miss but do yourself a favour and take the time to visit and you won't regret it.

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  8. Porkmummy

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff member who served us was very friendly and incredibly helpful. When we asked how spicy a couple of the dishes were she brought us some of the sauce to taste so that we could see for ourselves. Fantastic idea- one person’s idea of spicy is another person’s ‘mild. When we asked how big the rice portions were she got a pot to show us and explained that if we wanted more it wouldn’t take long to be served. The food was delicious. We would happily have eaten it all again if we weren’t too full. We will be back. Good selection of drinks too.

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  9. MaureenC

    Brighton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed every aspect of our curries, they were plentiful and worth every penny. We throughly enjoyed the poppadoms and the sauces were yummy.

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  10. SophieA

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing lunch thali and a really nice waitress too! Thanks so much!

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Curry Leaf Cafe using the Order Online button. Curry Leaf Cafe also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Curry Leaf Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01273 207070.

Curry Leaf Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 193 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Curry Leaf Cafe

60 Ship Street, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1AE

Additional information

  • Area
    Brighton
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri, Sun 12:00–15:00 Mon–Thu 17:30–21:30 Fri 17:30–22:00 Sat 12:00–22:00 Sun 17:30–21:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Contemporary Indian, South Indian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Vegan, Wine
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