Brighton’s fine dining Indian Summer restaurant has signed a deal with the InnBrighton pub chain to run the catering at its Duke of Norfolk pub on Western Road, from which it will launch its new ‘Indian Summer Kitchen’ concept on Friday 29th November.
The “Indian Summer Kitchen” brand will offer a shortened menu of favourites from the past and more rustic dishes than the Brighton original in East Street, which has been winning plaudits for more than a decade.
Indian Summer co owners Minesh Agnihotri and Byron sales will look to expand the brand throughout the south east with its own standalone operations.
The menu will include shuraat snacks, such as Sanchar Papdi, a tasty gram flour snack preparation, served with mango and pineapple chutney for £2.50.
A selection of street food dishes features Bhel Puri a tasty Mumbai street snack of puffed rice, gram flour sticks with potatoes, chickpeas, tomatoes and red onions. Served with coriander, tamarind & yoghurt chutneys for £4.25.
Mains have the popular Indian Summer Nariyali Swordfish steak in a coconut, chilli, mint & yoghurt marinade served with roasted fennel potatoes, mixed salad and cumin raita at £9.50
Desserts like the Chilli & Chocolate Sponge with vanilla ice cream Mango Bruleé with shortbread are all priced at £3.50.
Indian Summer Kitchen, which will have 20 covers, will also serve traditional English roasts on Sundays between 12 noon and 6pm with a choice of three locally sourced prime meats eats plus a vegetarian option. Roasts will all be freshly cooked and served with ‘all the trimmings.’ Home made puddings will be available. On Sundays there will also be a traditional Indian Thali available.
“The move gives Indian Summer a platform of offering the British public the chance to sample authentic Indian cooking, rather than the pastiche of the sub continent’s culinary heritage, served by too many supposed Indian restaurants,” said Minesh Agnihotri, adding, “Many pubs serve Indian food, but it rarely matches up to the standards of even the most unambitious of curry house – we aim to break the mould.”
“Indian Summer has a fantastic and well-deserved reputation in the city centre, so we are really excited to have Indian Summer Kitchen at The Duke of Norfolk,” said InnBrighton’s Operations Director, Simon Walker.
Indian summer co owner Byron Swales believes that many established restaurateurs have been slow to adapt their offerings and have seen their trade diminish whilst there has actually been a growth in the eating out sector in the South East, despite the tough economic environment of recent years.
“Remarkably few take their lunch time trade seriously,” said Swales. “Although Brits love spicy food, the market is moving away from the post pub market, for heavy curries swimming in oil – for healthier, lighter dishes.”
InnBrighton, led by Gavin George and owned by Graphite Capital, franchises out its food offer at a number of sites and the latest opening InnBrighton also hosts La Choza, a Mexican street food franchise at its Candlemakers site in Battersea. Its DissentingAcademy in Newington Green has seen the opening of the Cornwall Project, a wholesaler that supplies fresh Cornish food to host of other retailers in London, providing stand-alone differentiated food. InnBrighton opened its second brewpub in November at The Aeronaut in Acton.
Widely accepted as being in the vanguard of the new wave of modern Indian restaurants, Indian Summer has been pioneering authentic regional food from the sub continent for over a decade. The Brighton favourite is listed in the ‘Top 100’ restaurants in the UK by the Cobra Good Curry Guide 2103. The consistency of Indian Summer’s high culinary standards has been recognised with the award of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2013. This prestigious accolade places the restaurant in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on the TripAdvisor reviews website. Other recent awards: Brighton & Hove Food Awards, AA Rosette, Harden’s Food Guide, Open table Best Restaurant.