Like most people at the moment, we are missing the wealth of restaurants that we are lucky enough to have in Brighton & Hove. No-one was therefore happier than us to see that one of our favourite restaurants had started delivering, the Curry Leaf Cafe has made a huge name for itself in the city, and has won multiple awards, but how would a home takeaway compare to the high quality of food they serve in the restaurant?

Photo of food from Curry Leaf Cafe Brighton

Well to start with there are a few ways to order which made things easy, you can either order hot food for delivery straight away, order for collection or use their Curry Leaf Cafe at Home service. We went for the Curry Leaf at home option, which not only means you order delicious, fresh food that you heat through at home, but for every meal you order Curry Leaf donate 10% of the cost of the meal to local NHS staff, win-win. Having a young child means our meal times can be erratic, so we appreciated the option of ordering food that we can heat up once the little one is in bed. I loved the fact you can subscribe to have a curry delivered each month, for a very reasonable cost, a perk like this is appreciated in these unusual times.

Photo of delivery from Curry Leaf at Home, Brighton

So to delivery, it is organised by postcode for their chilled meals, we waited with anticipation for our chosen day to come around. It is a fantastic service, you book a morning or afternoon timeslot and prior to delivery they email to give an estimated arrival time, you can even track your curry if you are desperate! The food arrived exactly on time, along with clear advice on how to heat through each dish, waiting for dinner time has never been harder.

After warming the dishes through we had a feast, crispy bhajis, fluffy rice and flavoursome dips but the star of the show was the curry. We ordered the Mutter Paneer and the Vegetable Kootu, both of which were delicious. One of my pet hates, especially with vegetarian dishes, is when restaurants skimp on the ingredients, no fear of that here, the paneer dish had plenty of huge chunks of perfectly cooked paneer in a rich creamy sauce, the coriander giving the dish a fresh lift. Likewise, the Kootu was stuffed with cauliflower and ochre in a deep tomato and onion sauce, the lentils giving an earthy base to a knock out dish. Altogether this was a truly memorable meal, we were both so pleased that we had gone for the two-meal option so we can repeat this soon, love the fact you can freeze the dishes too if you can bear to save the meals longer. The only thing I would change about our order would be to add some of the amazing beers and IPA’s they serve at Curry Leaf Cafe next time.

Photo of delivery from Curry Leaf at Home, Brighton

We needn’t have worried whether the takeaway lived up to the standard of food served in the restaurant, after the first bite we were transported back to the restaurant where we’ve enjoyed many an amazing meal in the past, the only thing that was missing were the friendly Curry Leaf Café staff! If you’re looking for a lift to your lockdown cooking regime then Curry Leaf is the place to start.





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