In my experience, visiting a purely vegetarian restaurant as a vegan is a happy experience. And so it proved again with the wonderful Planet India in Brighton. Located just out of the city centre at 4, Richmond Parade, close to St. Peter’s Church, the Planet India restaurant is difficult to miss, it’s pink!
As soon as I walked in I loved the place, it’s got the feel of India – the boss is barefoot! The relaxed, back to basics decour was very interesting, there’s loads of stuff and pictures to look at. And the owner uses his spotify playlist as background music, chilled reggae to aid digestion! Ace!
Planet India is NOT a balti restaurant
This is not posh and is certainly not a balti restuarant, it’s much better! The staff are very friendly and the food is fantastic. The menu marks vegan dishes with ‘ve’ making everything straightforward. I had Bhel Puri for starter, this is a BIG starter, I think you’re supposed to share… The menu says this is Indian street food at it’s best and they are not wrong. The flavour is the same as pani puri but the presentation different, lush. My friends had Ketchoris, spicy peas and coconut in a ball of pastry.
When the main courses arrived I was amazed at the size of my dinner. They provide huge portions, I’m sorry to say I failed to eat all of my food and didn’t take a photo… Double fail! This is a very rare occurrence; there really was a lot of food. I had a mix of sweetcorn and patra curry – corn and chunks of vine leaves in tangy tomato sauce – and mombai potato curry – a tomato and coconut curry. We shared some cumin rice and I had chapattis. The others had korma and onion paratha. This was a great dinner and the waiter even knew which beer was vegan friendly!
It’s so good to eat curry with coconut, as I’m a fan of coconut! It just works so well.
Finding Planet India online
I will definitely be going back and can thoroughly recommend this place! I expect they will be well used during the vegfest in Brighton next month. Sadly they have no website but they do have a Facebook page, which is not used very much. Well, that is what I was told by the manager.
If you go to the Planet India Facebook page it is actually fairly busy, especially if you consider they don’t actually use it; 173 likes and 391 check-ins! That is a good indication of Planet India’s reputation with locals.
The manager also said that I could find his playlist on spotify if I searched for Planet India. Sadly, because the music was very good, I couldn’t find it. I am new to spotify so it could be just my ineptitude!
If you live in Brighton or are down for a visit GO, give Planet India a try, you’re in for a treat!