No Chips Please! Curry Leaf Cafe
Helen Mary is on the hunt for great kids’ menus that buck the chicken nugget trend. She’ll be taking her children on a tour of Brighton’s eateries every month to find the best in kids cuisine. This month she tested the kid’s menu at Curry Leaf Cafe Brighton.
Curry Leaf Cafe
60 Ship Street
The restaurant is a really great place for kids, it has a relaxed atmosphere and the fact that they have been brave enough to put curry on the kids menu, I think shows how much they believe in kids being exposed to ‘the real deal’ at a young age.
There were no kids toys or colouring sheets but I always come prepared so it wasn’t a massive problem for us. The service was warm and friendly and you could tell they were passionate about the food they were serving.
There were various different drink options but my daughter opted for her usual apple juice. You can choose the vegetable or meat kids menu so we ordered one of each. Both started with a mixed vegetable pakora which was light and crispy and bursting with flavour. This came with a yogurt dip and I was pleased that my daughter not only tried, but enjoyed these. Next you could have the chicken or vegetable curry with rice or naan so we had one of each. I tried the curry first and had a slight panic when I realised how spicy it was but while it was spicy it was not hot and you could really taste all the wonderful fresh ingredients. The chicken was tender and vegetables were cooked perfectly. I had absolutely nothing to worry about as my daughter loved the curry with both the fluffy rice and soft naan. I think we underestimate children and presume they prefer bland food but today has really reinforced my opinion that we should be offering children more than the standard ‘chicken nuggets and chips’ when we eat out.
Dessert was not as successful for us. There were two options, Beetroot & cardamon ice cream or cinnamon & carrot halwa ice cream. We ordered one of each as we weren’t convinced by either flavour. My daughter tried the beetroot first, obviously because of it’s beautiful vibrant colour, her face told me her view and when I tried it I had to agree with her. Apparently it’s a bit like marmite, you either love it or hate it and I’m afraid it was the later for us. The carrot however, was delicious, it had the taste of a very creamy carrot cake and we both agreed it was definitely our favourite.
The kids menu was £6.50 for the vegetarian and £7.00 for the meat (not including a drink), which I think is good value for money for the perfect portion sizes and incredibly fresh food. My daughter now says she likes curry so it was a real winner for us and I am desperate to go back to sample their Sunday Brunch menu.