Review on Indian Summer
Indian Summer in Hove opened its doors on East Street in 2003, with the aim of providing even more choice of Indian cuisine tailored to the needs of a buzzy, cosmopolitan Brighton and Hove restaurant scene.
In addition to the conventional (if that's the right word?) menu, it offers great value two-course lunches and a separate line-up of 'daytime' snacks with Indian bread wraps as the main attraction (these can also be bought to take out). Otherwise, there are dosas with various fillings, bhel puris, utthapam (South Indian rice and lentil 'pizzas') and other classic street foods.
The main menu is lengthy and eyebrow-raising: consider a starter called 'IS stick' -described as spicy lollipops made from Indian beetroot, King Edward potatoes and spring carrots – or a main course of tandoori salmon cooked in a red onion and baby tomato sauce served with fennel thoran, poppadom and tomato rice. Even more familiar dishes are turned around: chingri jhol (a famous king prawn speciality from Bengal) is cooked with mussels in a five-spice sauce, while chicken breast is marinated in pomegranate juice, baked and served with red pepper sauce and stuffed red onions. Tantalising stuff!
Desserts bring proceedings down to earth with the likes of, say, vanilla cheesecake with winter fruit compote or saffron poached pear with cinnamon ice cream. The wine list does its job admirably and for bottled beer buffs there's the prospect of Indian Lal Toofan or Italian Peroni. Coffee is organic Fair Trade.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Tue-Fri & Sun (All day Sat)
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.30pm Mon-Thu (5.30 - 10.30pm Fri) (6.00 - 10.00pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card