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“Excellent” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Chilli Pickle

The Chilli Pickle
Ranked #54 of 1,098 Restaurants in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $35
Cuisines: Indian, Asian
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Digital Payments, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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
Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Excellent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

Food is gorgeous and really different, not your typical indian menu which is nice. Quite pricey but worth it and the service was excellent. Would defo go again!

  • Visited November 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Amazing experience ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

Stunning food and presentation second to none. The imagination of the chef and the delicate balance and avant guard approach to flavour is an inspiration. The atmosphere is buzzing and vibrant and yes has the feel of downtown dheli. Yes it's slightly pricey but compared to other Indian restaurants, it's streets ahead. All served on traditional Indian stainless steel. If I were a local I would go back again and again....but for this place alone I would make the 400 mile journey. Please do a cookery book....it would definitely sell. Thank you all for a wonderful evening! Staff were really attentive and really fabulous from start to finish

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henfield
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Buzzing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013

Sunday nights are typically quiet when you dine out!?!
Not this place, packed to the brim and I can see why, this is not your usual Sunday night curry,
Amazing atmosphere, warm, buzzing, and the food tingles in your palate! Really creative, tasty and enjoyable to find a innovative curry menu!
Remember you get what you pay for!

  • Visited September 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

Really different, amazing tastes and flavours, good atmosphere, friendly knowledgeable service. This isn't your typical curry house, and you probably pay a bit more, but the food really is creative, innovative, amazing - definitely the best Indian food that we have ever tasted! Can't wait until our next visit.

  • Visited November 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Cordon Blue costly curry”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

Contemporary setting with an authentic menu of delicious food. The portions are small but very pretty to look at.
If you want something tasty and it's a special occasion then go for it. But at £75 for two courses with a bottle of wine for two of us we will go to some of the other great Indian restaurants that are nearby and better value for our future curry fixes!

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