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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Vibrant Indian flavours in buzzy venue

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At a glance

Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

The Chilli Pickle's open-plan interior works a casual, rustic look, with chunky wooden tables, blond-wood floors and vivid splashes of colour while full-length glass walls create the impression of dining alfresco. The vibe is breezy and buzzy, and the menu gives subcontinental clichés a swerve, dealing at lunchtime in smartly reworked thalis, dosai and streetfood-inspired dishes. At dinner, the kitchen cranks things up with Nepalese pork momo dumplings with smoked bacon and chive broth, followed by South Downs mutton Madras flavoured with coconut and tamarind, or you might go for sea bream marinated in citrus and herbs and cooked in a banana leaf on the tandoor.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10.30


  • Chef(s): Alun Sperring

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Regional Indian
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 18
  • Wines over £30: 6
  • Wines by the glass: 24

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 115
  • Off-site parking available: NCP Church St

Additional information

  • Seats: 115

Getting here

From the Steine (A23) right into Church Lane and right into Jubilee Street. Restaurant is next to myhotel Brighton, opposite Library.

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