Restaurant Review: The Chilli Pickle
The Chilli Pickle is something of a Brighton landmark; it has a fantastic location just off North Laine, next door to Jubilee Library, surrounded by independent bars and pubs. My partner and I visited on Valentine’s Day, a notoriously busy day for restaurants across the country. Despite it being fully booked all night, they made us feel very welcome.
The inside of the restaurant was intimately lit, with most of the space taken up with tables for two. However, there was a raised bar-style seating area in the middle of the room which would have been perfect for a group of friends, so I have no doubt that the Chilli Pickle is a popular choice with all. There’s an excellent choice of cocktails, alongside Indian beers and a wide range of wines.
If you think of eating Indian food as a choice between a neon-coloured tikka masala or korma, forget all you know; the Chilli Pickle offers authentic Indian food with a twist. If you don’t recognise anything on the menu, ask for suggestions – the waitresses were more than happy to advise, and slightly alter things to our tastes.
We ate from the set menu and had the prawn and melon puris and duck haleem with crispy duck, followed by the murgh rara and the tandoori lamb platter. The food was absolutely delicious and completely different to anything we have eaten before, and the service was exceptional. All the dishes are made up of several different components, and the servers explain each one as it arrives, which is very helpful when you are unaccustomed to authentic Indian food like this.
The Chilli Pickle would be ideal for any romantic occasion, whether a first date or an anniversary, because it provides a modern twist on Indian food and makes going out for dinner an experience. We absolutely loved it and will definitely be going back.