Thursday, 26 February 2015

First restaurant review! - The Curry Leaf Cafe in Brighton

Anyone who needs to avoid gluten in their diet for whatever reason will know that eating out can be difficult, expensive and just awkward! So as part of this blog I would like to share my experiences of finding delicious, nutritious, gluten-free meals on a budget while out-and-about.

Last friday I was in Brighton for my lover's birthday, we searched for somewhere reasonably cheap but slightly fancy to eat and came across The Curry Leaf Cafe. It serves Indian street food - which I love - and the menu is clear about allergens.. plus the bare-brick, plant-filled interior is wonderful. Thankfully Indian food uses a lot of gram (chickpea) flour which is gluten-free and creates super-tasty dishes. 

I ate a delicious aubergine curry, it was one of the best curries Iv'e had, the aubergine was melt-in-the-mouth and came with a cute side serving of lentil dahl. Starters included lentil fritters and aubergine chips, both cooked with gram flour - which not only tastes great but is more nutritious than ordinary flour; it contains more fibre and less saturated fats. 
The birthday boy ate a creamy, coconutty chicken curry which tasted so much lighter and fresher than your average korma, plus we only spent around £40 including drinks and starters! 
Overall I would definitely recommend The Curry Leaf Cafe, there are loads of amazing choices whether you're on a gluten-free diet or not and the food tastes so much fresher and flavoursome than your average indian restaurant. We'll be back!

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