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“The very best in Brighton”
Review of The Chilli Pickle

The Chilli Pickle
Ranked #55 of 1,154 Restaurants in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $36
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: 8 Years ago when Dawn and I were working in Dubai and she was expecting Stanley, we decided it was time to settle down and shed the expat lifestyle. After working as a chef for over a period of 20 years overseas, gaining experience and knowledge in a range of eclectic cuisines in world class hotels and restaurants with the latter years spent leading kitchen brigades, I felt it was time to "go it alone". Having both traveled to India on numerous occasions with a shared passion for it's food and culture as well as an inspirational stint at 'The Cinnamon Club' and there being a big Indian influence in the kitchens in Dubai which I also embraced, the decision for our future restaurant to be Indian felt very natural to us both and so The Chilli Pickle was born. The last time I worked in Brighton 28 years ago was as a silver service banquet waiter at the Metropole Hotel whilst studying catering at Brighton Tech (now City College). Dawn has always loved Brighton from regular visits whilst living in London and I've always had a soft spot for Brighton and the fact we were doing something quite different we knew it was the perfect place to start. After searching for the right property for nearly a year we found a spot in the cobbled lanes amongst the jewellery and antique shops in Meeting House Lane. The space was perfect. 50 Covers with a real bistro feel to it and a functional but small kitchen space. With an initial slow start The Chilli Pickle gradually grew through word of mouth and the support of our now regular clientele. As we got busier and gained feedback from diners we knew we were on the right track and so our confidence grew and our style became more clearly defined. After two and a half years at Meeting House Lane an opportunity came our way that we felt we could not refuse... A move to the restaurant space at myhotel Brighton. We knew this was a big step for us, but believed we had something special in The Chilli Pickle and had the passion and drive to continue to make this work along with the constant support of our original core team as well as some new additions. After 4 years in our new venue we have gone from strength to strength. The restaurant has grown in reputation nationally as well as locally with numerous awards and most importantly we continue to welcome our regulars back and enjoy meeting new customers. We also provide The Chilli Pickle Canteen - a delivery service offering a unique experience of in-home Indian dining. Bespoke boxed Grand Thalis, Railways Trays & Biryani Sets all inspired by our travels to India. We are very proud of what we have achieved and are excited about the future. We will retain our standards all the way with attention to detail, consistency and a love for what we do. Alun Sperring Chef/Director
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“The very best in Brighton”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

I had a really great lunch here today, and hope to come back again soon. Excellent food & service and met the very hard working and charming owner, thanks for a very nice lunch.

  • Visited June 2013
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“Best Contemporary Indian I have ever eaten at”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Wonderful Food Prompt Service, Maitre D managed to find us a space at the bar even though busy, Staff where friendly and knew the Menu well and advised us well on their choices had the best Dosa I have ever had... Excellent Vegetarian selection and good choice of Beers and Wines available in addition to Indian restaurant standard fare. Food really is something special. Had a fantastic evening and I am looking forward to going back.

  • Visited June 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Excellant - a bit differnt from the norm”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

went on a friends recommendation, glad we did, five of us had a great meal. Its not your normal Indian food, spicy yes, but no korma on this menu :) Try it, its different !
Good atmosphere, great food, clean restaurant, recommended

  • Visited June 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Top restaurant”
Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

I love this restaurant, used to go to its previous much smaller incarnation, was worried when it up-sized that they would lose their touch, but it has never disappointed!

For this last visit arranged a group of 12, they looked after us well, all the food was delicious, good service and atmosphere.

Probably my favourite Brighton restaurant.

  • Visited March 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“unusual”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

this place was lovely good food maybe slightly differant to mainstream but that was its advantage. staff recommended well and we had a lovely time

Visited May 2013
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