A review of Chaula's new Brighton restaurant in the Argus Guide,
Friday March 23, 2012.
Andrew Kay smashes the coconut and cuts the ribbon at the
new Chaula's in Brighton
I thought I'd eaten everything on Chaula's menu. As a
regular take-away customer, I was pretty sure I'd been through the
lot, so when I took a friend there for lunch on Saturday, I was
confident my recommendation of chicken methi (fenugreek leaves) and
baby aubergines stuffed with cashews would impress...
"We started up Friday Night Curry Night every third week on a
Friday, at first we did it for five people but after a while I
making them for 200 people"
I first encountered Chaula's back in the mist of time when it
was a small take-away establishment just up the hill from Lewes
Station. That said, it was no ordinary take-away, rather a shop
selling pre-prepared Indian foods and snacks that you could take
home and re-heat. I clearly remember buying a bag of assorted
snacks and, having eaten them before I reached the car, going back
After finding success selling her home-cooked, pre-packed Indian
meals from a newsagents in Station Road, Lewes, Chaula Patel went
on to open an Indian deli in the street. In 2007, she launched her
first restaurant and 'one-stop food bar' in Eastgate House,
bringing 'the food of India, not just Indian food' straight to
people's tables. Following a refit and the launch of a new delivery
service, The Guide caught up with Chaula to find out what's taken
her business from strength to strength...
Providing an authentic taste of Gujarat, Chaula's in Station
Street is not your average Indian take away, serving a mixture of
chilled and frozen dishes taken from authentic recipes as eaten by
Gujurati families at home with a few dishes invented by owner
It's a beautiful day. Sitting on some steps in the sunshine,
I've got food from Chaula's, a bottle of French cider, and my lunch
companion has been detained...
Name: Chaula Patel
Business Name: Chaula's
What do you sell? We sell curries which we
make in the back of the shop. They are Gujurati style curries, and
we make them all from scratch, which means we don't just put
different ingredients into the same ready-made sauce, like some
other places do. We use no preservatives and no additives. We make
our own masalas to go into the curries, too...