Chilli Pickle Canteen, Brighton – Review

I read a ton of food blogs. A crazy amount of blogs from all around the world covering a vast number of subjects (obviously still in food) which particularly gets me excited for new food trends and partially scared for my shortcomings as a blogger. But the main reason I love reading blog is the new discoveries you have while reading. I have an overflowing number of saving recipes and restaurants to try out.

One of my recent triumphs is remembering a restaurant I saw on a blog and then six months later remembering not only the name of the place but what blog I saw it on. Yet can’t remember my own passwords sometimes – pfft!

This magical place that showed off my mad memory skills – The Chilli Pickle Canteen in Brighton as recommended by the wonderful The Graphic Foodie. A couple of weeks ago I was in charge of finding foodie places for my new sister in law’s Hen Do in Brighton. On Sunday evening after much party and dancing, we planned to have a quiet evening watching rom-com and a takeaway. I this would be my chance to finally try out The Chilli Pickle Canteen.

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After drooling over the menu online, we placed a beast of an order of the Railway Trays, a fantastic way for greedy people to get a bit of everything. I love the idea of having a selection of pickles, side dishes and dahls to tuck into, like your own spicy lunch box. Each box comes with a handy guide to what every delicious thing was- which was rather handy!

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I went for the Aubergine Stew as my curry of choice –  Hyderabadi aubergine curry with pickling spices, cashew nut, roasted coconut, tamarind and sesame paste. It was phenomenal. Creamy cubes of aubergine nestled in a rich fragrant sauce. Utterly delicious. The Pictures aren’t the best as I was super excited to get tucked in. But as you can see from the list above each Railway Tray had plenty to keep us little mice quiet for a long time.    

The pumpkin thoran was a great revelation. Finely chopped pumpkin with tender coconut to make a great sprinkle to the steamed basmati rice.

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I loved the selection of pickles and my poor mum suffered being locked in a car with me for four hours the next day after eating a lot of garlic pickle! The Wedding Chutney (appropriate for the Hen weekend) was sweet and spicy and great to dunk the Far Far rice crackers into.

Also nestled in my tray of treats was a thick and rich mixed lentil dal which I love to order purely to load into a naan bread. So comforting and restorative after a busy weekend of hen activities!

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I love the concept and all the dishes were of such a great standard, that it wasn’t at all style over substance. One of the best Indians I’ve ever had. A real treat. Means I’m going to have to do a big round trip to get my next fix. Maybe next time in their impressive restaurant a stone throws away from the beach. Just adding The Chilli Pickle to the top of a very long list of reasons and places to go back to Brighton for.

Address Book 

Chilli Pickle Canteen

17 Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE

Tel: 01273 900383



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