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“Indian Gem” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Indian Summer

Indian Summer
Ranked #23 of 1,098 Restaurants in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $86
Cuisines: Indian, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Transit: North Street
Description: Situated in the bustling lanes, snuggled between terre a terre and toni and guy. A beautiful victorian building with high ceilings and original features. Adorned with indian street images and candlelit walls, you are sure to enjoy your experience here
hove
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12 reviews
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“Indian Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

We visited Indian Summer midweek for an early supper. We have become regulars over the last year and always look forward to our next visit. The service is attentive and friendly and the ambience is stylish and comfortable. The food is always delicious. We love their thalis, both meat and vegetarian versions, and it is always nice to receive the free appetiser and inter-course sorbet. Last night's sorbet was mango and gooseberry and was divinely fruity and refreshing. Indian Summer do not offer standard Indian fayre so if you just want a cheap biryani and jug of beer you will be disappointed. However if you want to enjoy an Indian meal in smart surroundings where the menu has a modern twist and the food is delicious and beautifully presented then Indian summer is definitely worth a visit. As you might expect, the prices are higher than your local takeaway but for what you get we think it is good value.

  • Visited October 2012
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Brighton
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Delicious food and attentive, friendly service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012

We ate here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was a Tuesday evening so the restaurant was relatively quiet but still managed to create a good ambience. The menu is very different from those of the standard Indian restaurants in this country with their endless lists of different variations on vindaloo, tikka masala, biryani, jalfrezi etc. Here, the menu is relatively short but well put together. I also liked the fact that it included information about the staff as it suggested this was a place that really valued its staff - a suggestion which was supported by the tipping policy (the individual waiters get 100% of their tips, whether you add the tip on a card or leave cash). But I digress... After the amuse-bouches of espresso cupfuls of a spicy soup we had the bhel-puri and the jhinga pach phoran, both of which were good. Our even better mains were the hake in a mint and cumin marinade cooked in a banana leaf and the (very tender) lamb kolhapuri. Interestingly, a couple of mates of the chef were on the next table and he was treating them to his own selection of dishes which included the bhel-puri, a masala dosa and the lamb kolhapuri. Desserts were an Indian twist on European classics. We had the superb ginger steamed pudding with cinnamon ice-cream and the very good mango brulee. Wines were good and did not seem over-priced. We had a delicious New Zealand Riesling. With dessert, I had a glass of the New World dessert wine while my husband had the sauternes. We rounded off an excellent evening with a cognac each which was on the house. We're already looking forward to a return visit! We've been warned to book a couple of days ahead if we intend to go on a Friday or Saturday.

  • Visited October 2012
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“Best curry I've ever had”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012 via mobile

Lovely food great service and excellent choice of drinks. Mamaji’s Chicken was really nice and not to spicy what more can I say.

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“Delicious, authentic, inspiring Indian food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

We had a wonderful evening meal here, Indian dishes as they would be in India with no concessions to English tastes (no added sugar and contrived English/Indian dishes) except for exquisite presentation. However, the prices were definitely not Indian! Great and knowledgeable service. Very smart ambience. Midday meals much better value for money.

  • Visited October 2012
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London
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“Very nice staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

Had dinner there on 21 Oct 2012 and enjoyed it very much. We checked it out on TripAdvisor before going and once we got there was surprised at what a nice ambiance it had. We went for dinner and the room was dimly lit with candles all around.

The starters and main were all very delicious with complimentary appetisers before each meal. I think the staff are carefully chosen and well trained. They knew exactly what each meal was made of, how to describe it and what to recommend. They are also very attentative, always smiling and happily attend to your every need. The service was very good.

The only reason for 4 and not 5 stars was the 'normal' dessert. We felt they were being very safe and went with common options such as cheese cake etc.

That said, everything else was wonderful.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Kerron P
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