A lot of us tend to review restaurants and hotels abroad on the basis of one holiday visit, at the expense of what we all know well in our home town, me included...until now.
Trouble is, there just aren't enough circles to properly rate it - this truly is a fantastic place. The chefs hail from various parts of the Indian sub continent and bring old family recipes that Chilli Pickle tweak, re-boot and evolve.
It sounds inconceivable, but this, truly, is one of the few places on Earth where I have zoned out to another state of consciousness whilst eating - the setting and conversation just haze out as I'm transported on a magic chilli carpet ride: this doesn't happen every time of course, but it can and has, the nearest current incumbent being the mussels rasam. They have also re-invented the wheel in respect of desserts from "wouldn't even consider" in traditional Indian restaurants, to "must save room for".
Cards on table: we went to CP week one in it's original location, and have become disciples, and know the owners quite well, but such allegiance in a city blessed with a clutch of very good and excellent restaurants, is not easily maintained, but Chilli Pickle, along with the mercurial Terre a Terre, stride like Colossoses! Who needs Michelin stars?! PS - book ahead!
We love living in Brighton!