at least the cup-a-soup was free!
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109 London Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex TN39 3LB
Fine indian cuisine
10 reviews of Indian Summer in English
The food was lovely, well cooked and interesting. However, it does not give you much choice as they offer a set menu or nothing…
It is very expensive and not intirely worth it. Also, I didn’t like paying the same for lamb or lentils…
I probably wouldn’t go back but I wouldn’t tell my freinds to avoid either
Don't visit this restaurant if you want a traditional curry, it is not such.
Visit here if you want to dissect the pompous menu, where 20 words describe a dish when 3 would do.
It is at best comtempory and at worse not even an Indian restaurant as one would know it to be.
After being given a little 'cup-a-soup' as an appetizer the tone was truly set. The appetizer was bland and whiffed of powder and kettle....
My starter of tandoori swordfish wasn't too bad, the fish spoke for itself, but my main of Barramundi fish was almost unpalatable, it was smothered in black pepper with all the skill of a 10year old chef, the rice was not too dissimilar to Bachelor's famous sachets.
Add to this an expensive bottle of cheap wine and the disappointment was well rounded off, oh that and the £63 bill for two. My partner's aubergine main dish was awfully bland, no hint of the promised smoked aubergine.... her lentil dahl was bland and missing all the fragrant and aromatic joys of the real deal.
This restaurant is well worth giving a miss - sorry, I felt that offended!
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hartingale, 21 January 2011:
The lunch special at this restaurant offers excellent value. For £10, you get a choice of drink (wine, beer, water or juice) and two courses.
Bhel poori was good and prettily presented, while my main course - a slow-cooked lamb dish - was served with papad and rice. Again presentation and flavour were both good (with spicing on the mild side). Service was friendly and helpful.
Encouraged by the other reviews we thought that it would be great to take the kids to sample what was billed as Brighton’s finest Indian restaurant. Being Indian what better judges could you have? I was surprised to see that the restaurant is actually staffed by non-Indians. They could not even pronounce the menu correctly! Not wanting to be politically incorrect but that’s like having non-Chinese working in a Chinese restaurant!
The food was pretentious and the little starter of Dhal in an espresso cup with a stale savoury somosa (made by Halidraam by the way and available in most Indian food shops) was sheer nonsense. This is not Indian food at its best as billed!
The menu only has approx 5-6 starters and main courses and they do not even serve naan bread! The roti was undercooked and I sent it back. Never have I come across such bland cooking. A pot noodle has more spice in it. Indian cooking is all about the spices and for £62 for 2 adults and 3 small children (no alcohol) is nothing short of daylight robbery. The only thing authentic in this restaurant is the bill, which is guaranteed to wish you had opted for fish and chips on the pier. Sorry but this place should be closed under the Trade Standards Act. All the reviews appear to be written by non-Indians with bland stomachs who are duped into believing that this is what Indian food is supposed to taste like. Well I’m sorry its not!
They sell themselves as a "unique blend of Southern Indian and European cuisine". And they are about the most authentic tasting Indian restaurant that I have sampled outside of India. From my visits here, the only European aspect of it has been the presentation and the desert. So I can't quite figure why they are bigging up the European bit?
The set 3 courses is super-value. The only thing that let it down was the Dossa which didn't taste like it had been fermented, which is a shame because they reckon on being south Indian and the dossa must be the most ubiquitous southern dish... actually come to think of it, southern Indian food is predominately vegetarian, and they had a Lucknow and Kashmiri dishes on the menu...
So, they are geographically confused with their regional Indian cuisine. But they are excellent.
The first time I went to Indian Summer (about 10yrs ago in hove) then I had a Mango Brulee that still makes me salivate when I think about it. I just drooled onto my keyboard at the memory. That isn't on the menu at the mo but the waiter told me that it is there intermittently. I rate it so highly that I suggest that you postpone any visit to the restaurant until it is back on..... it'll be worth the wait for what could be the most sensual and rewarding oral experience you could have in public.... unless that sort of thing is your sort of thing.
We visited as a party of 6 on a Friday night and were very impressed with the pretty much everything, including reasonable prices for such good food and service.
The food was superb, with lovely touches such as a very tasty pre-starter demitasse of lentil soup with a small spiced savoury pastry, plus a palate cleaner of fruit vodka between the starter and main.
No Kingfisher or Cobra on the beer list (now 'brewed under license in the UK') but a very tasty imported Kenyan beer instead - impressive.
The deserts were to die for (we ordered all of them and shared between us) plus a small but good selection of desert wines.
The menus clearly state which meals are vegan and/or gluten free - which is great.
Our ONLY criticism was the printing of the menus, which was poor and made them very hard to read in low lighting. I had to get someone to read it for me.
This place is the perfect restaurant where you can order something from the menu when you have no idea what it is and know you will love it. I am always forced to try something different as I can never find something that sounds like anything I have eated before, but it has never disappointed. When the restaurant first opened it was in a tiny place across the road from where they are now and the first time we went we filled the whole restaurant. Within a very short space of time they had expanded which is a credit to their fatastic food as Brighton is a competative market.
A bit pricey, but not poncy: def worth a visit.
This contempory Indian restaurant is great if you want to try something different. The actual restaurant is extremely stylish and the staff are very accomodating. It's the ideal place for a first date or a special evening. The food is really good and interesting adding a modern twist to dishes you might know and introducing you to many you might not. It's not especially cheap, though it's not ridiculously expensive, but if you are on a bit of a budget but would like to go look out for the Evening Argus offer that they do every year around March as they always have Indian Summer as one of the restaurants you can go to and enjoy two courses and a glass of wine for £10. I went three times last time the deal was on!
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