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US$ 6 - US$ 19
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Terrible experience ordered via deliveroo- took over 2 hours to arrive. Food pretty awful including onion bhajis….raw onion doughnuts more like. Only just been brave enough to have an onion bhaji elsewhere-put us off them big time. Nothing labelled so no idea what anything was...- problematic when vegans amongst us.. Several of us weren’t feeling right the following day. No response from owner at all when complained….avoid. Would give zero stars if I could.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 10 June 2021

If you like South Indian food - and I happen to think it comes from heaven - then Vel is right up there. Superbly spiced and cooked food - a lovely blend of delicacy and punch. I can’t believe I’ve only discovered it. I’ll come...back for more.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 29 May 2021

Friendly atmosphere, food was tailored to our needs, mushroom manchurian was just yummy 10/10 with the added crispyness, chicken curry and Dhal with spinach was very tasty, being a fellow Indian as you can imagine, we are very fussy with our Indian food, but this...didn’t disappoint us at all. Definitely worth a visit when in Brighton, highly recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 22 May 2021

This is the best Indian restaurant in Brighton and the surrounding area. Authentic Indian food of outstanding quality. Many different dishes which you don't normally see in Bangladeshi 'Indian' restaurants, and all of them are awesome ! Mike

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 2 May 2021

Fantastic food. I’m of South Indian origin and this tasted absolutely as my family would cook it at home. The hot pepper rasam and coconut rice were especially standout. The Naan breads were tasty and really fresh. The poppadum (Apalam) were crispy. My partner had...the mutton pepper curry, peshwari naan and pilau rice and didn’t speak a word other than to praise the food! (Always a good sign of excellence!). The food was well presented, hot and tasty. Really grateful to the team at Vel for giving me a taste of home! Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 4 February 2021

I had an absolutely appalling meal from Vel a couple of weeks ago. Probably one of the worst in 45 years of indian restaurant meals. We ordered several dishes but they all consisted of mostly just oily gravy. We'd already had a fairly awful meal...from Vel a few weeks beforehand, but were giving them the benefit of the doubt. What a mistake! We were very disappointed but also quite surprised as we'd had two very good meals there soon after they first opened. This time we won't be going back.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 11 December 2020 via mobile

Situated in the outskirts of Kemptown, Brighton is the fine delicacy serving haven Vel. This South Indian restaurant serves top-notch authentic South Indian dishes. Calming and caring is the atmosphere to say the least, lovely colour schemes and definitely a place for date nights. The...image showcases stunning Channa Bhatura. Breathtaking is a word that can be used but doesn’t do justice to a dish as such. The deflating bread prior to consumption is a spectacular view in itself. Channa Bhatura is served with a side of chick peas and chopped onions. The combination of bread and the chick peas curry hits your palette tenderly, the creamy texture of the chick peas infused with the slightly crispy bread is a great experience. When you visit a South Indian restaurant and especially an authentic one, one must try Dosas. In the spirit of adventure the ‘Chennai Super Kings Dosa’ was ordered. The display aspect was rather intriguing, the dosa was cut in 3 and were put on the plate like stumps on a cricket pitch, vertically (rather than horizontally) WOW! The sides of 3 chutneys - coconut, coriander and tomato accompanied the magnificence of the Dosa. The experience was absolutely pleasing. For sure a great spot!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 15 September 2020 via mobile

We have been trying to go here since we heard about it...we are huge dosa/thosai lovers and struggle to find good in Brighton. Unfortunately the restaurant was still closed, so we went in to collect a takeaway. When we ate our dosas less that 5...minutes after leaving the restaurant they was stone cold. The sambar I’m not even sure if it had been heated at all, it wasn’t tasty....certainly not like sambar I know... hardly any lentils and it was very watery The red chutney was nice but the white coconut chutney lacked flavour. The rava dosa has a consistency like plastic, again not like rava dosas I have eaten before. The Mysore Masala was soggy and nothing like a dosa..... DO NOT ORDER DOSA AS TAKEAWAY!! The food must have been so heavy in salt as my partner and I could not stop drinking water all night....almost 4litres between us! Unfortunately, the next day has not been so pleasant either which makes me question the freshness of particularly the cold sambar curry, the staff had commented that it had been a really quiet September so far. .... I won’t be eating there again and I don’t recommend.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 29 April 2020 via mobile

We ordered a takeaway. We found the menu online rather convoluted to navigate around. Once ordered we were given a time to collect and the food was ready at the allotted time. The food: Average. The dishes we ordered we found to be far too...spicy despite being listed as "mild"with the exception of the Palak paneer which was mild. However ,the Palak paneer was really only paneer in a vaguely creamy sauce. Anyone who is familiar with this dish would know that it is fundamentally spinach with paneer which this particular offering did not provide unfortunately. The veg curry only had peas and sweetcorn in a tomato base - for a "veg" curry? The boiled and tamarind rice was good. We won't be ordering from this establishment again as we all felt better food could be got elsewhere.More

Date of visit: April 2020
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Reviewed 10 March 2020

We have been meaning to try this place since it opened as it is just around the corner. Finally ordered a take away, but rather unimpressed ! Although the food was quite tasty, after getting it home ( about a 5 min walk) and serving...immediately, the food was only just warm - as I had waited 10 mins in the restaurant to get it, it can't have been sat there for any time. Also the chicken tikka, had just 5 small pieces of chicken. Not what I would call a portion. Finally I thought the bill was quite high, and on checking saw I had been charged £1.60 PER poppadum !!!! This seems incredible nearly £10 FOR 6, and although I had asked for 3 spicy and 3 plain, they were all plain. Not a very good first impressionMore

Date of visit: March 2020
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16 December 2019|
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Response from Mags1RochesterKent | Reviewed this property |
This is a fairly small restaurant, but is easy to find within the little shopping area at the quiet end of St. George’s Road. You will enjoy the experience...I promise you!
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Yes we do. please check our website. it is at the bottom of the drinks menu.
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Yes, Vel South Indian Kitchen + Bar offers takeaway services.

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Vel South Indian Kitchen + Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5