I can’t remember the last time Dave and I went out for a curry and we have definitely never taken the children to a curry restaurant. Curries are never something we think of when eating out as we have never found them to be very family friendly or sociable restaurants but that is all set to change now The Chilli Pickle is on our radar.
We visited The Chilli Pickle in Guildford last weekend to see what the new restaurant had to offer. I’d heard great things about their flagship restaurant in Brighton and was excited to see that they’d expanded into our local area. The Chilli Pickle is in Guildford town centre but in a quieter part, easily accesible and with a really welcoming feel as soon as you walk through the main doors.
We loved The Chilli Pickle instantly. The decor was bright and fun but also authentic, keeping with the brand’s style of food and history. It all feels traditional but relaxed and we loved it. I felt at ease as soon as we sat down, knowing that it was family friendly and that the children would be well catered for.
The many at The Chilli Pickle is split into lunch and dinner – with lunch service until 2:30pm and starting again later for dinner. We visited at lunch time and started with poppadoms and various dips whilst we waited for our mains. The selection of signature chutneys, pickles, and onion salad was great with so many flavours.
For our mains I went for the Sigri red chicken tikka which was like an open kebab with freshly baked naan topped with chicken pieces, salad and sauce. It was served with mango chutney, chilli sauce, herb
chutney and curry mayo as well as biryani rice and I don’t think I have seen a meal so beautifully presented before.
Dave went for a Thali which is a real feast of many small dishes that offer a real taste of India. He chose the Chettinad Black Pepper Chicken Curry which was served with rice, chapatti, dal, rasam, raita, pickle, chutney and a poppadum. It was incredible and if it wasn’t enough The Chilli Pickle also do a King Thali upgrade which gives you an additional two snacks, Dhokla and a dessert.
The children chose mini versions of our meals with LP going for a chicken and veg kebab and Little Man chose the mild kids chicken Thali. I loved how authentic the children’s meals are – there’s no pizza, pasta or chicken dippers here and instead they are submersed into Indian cuisine, being given dishes an adult would even be happy with but in a portion size to suit them and milder flavours, toned down for a child’s palette.
Honestly, when we visited The Chilli Pickle I thought that the children would probably eat the poppadoms and bread and leave the rest but, they amazed me. There were clean plates all round at the end and LP and Little Man loved not only the novelty of The Chilli Pickle, a curry restaurant that they had never experienced before and all the little dishes on their plate, but they also loved how sociable and relaxed the food was, how we could all chat and take our time whilst enjoying the food.
We had desserts too, with the children choosing the Mango Lassi lolly served with popping candy and fruit coulis. It was a really nice size and a lovely refreshing dessert after the curry main.
For our desserts, Dave chose the indian dumplings which he really enjoyed and I went for the chilli baked pineapple which was lovely and fruity but a little too spicy for me – although the coconut sorbet did cool it down.
The Chilli Pickle was a great experience for us as a family and has brought the idea of eating out at curry restaurants as a family to the forefront of our mind. We loved our meal at The Chilli Pickle. The food was wonderful, the children were happy and it had a really lovely and relaxed atmosphere, just what you need when dining out as a family. We cannot wait to go back.
Disclosure: We were invited for the above meal for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.