By Helen Groves
We actually went out to dinner last Sunday evening; sitting down inside a restaurant was such a fabulous novelty. We decided to explore Aloo Baby, the pop-up Indian Street Food Café cooking at Liban Coast’s premises on a Sunday and Monday.
Simon is a horticulturist but has travelled extensively through his previous work at Kew Gardens and over the years has picked up a love and wide knowledge of food. I asked him how he ended up at Liban Coast. He explained: “My daughter Riley worked for Hassan in the Kino-Teatr. She told him I’d spent a couple of years working and travelling in India and how I liked to cook food inspired by my travels. Hassan invited me to do a shared menu which went well. He found his own place and asked if I could do two days a week around my tree business.”
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It’s a simple menu but the best Indian food I’ve had for years and amazingly good value; our meal was huge and just £22. The menu is vegetarian but everything can also be made vegan.
We had the Aloo Tarka Special which came served on a Thali dish. It was comprised of: Aloo Tikka Chat (potato patties seasoned with curry leaves, topped with chana masala, yogurt, crispy onions, tamarind sauce and coriander chutney), Tarka Dal (topped with cumin and fenugreek infused sweet jaggery onion and tomato chutney), perfectly cooked and fragrant basmati rice, salad and raitha. The Paneer was served with peppers and chillies, fresh curry leaves, ginger and garlic with coconut yogurt and a crisp yet flaky paratha.
It’s a simple menu but the best Indian food I’ve had in years and amazingly good value
We took our own wine and had a carafe of freshly minted water too.
For perfectly fresh food with friendly service and a chilled vibe, Aloo Baby is one of our new favourite places to eat and I suspect will become a regular Sunday night haunt.
• Find them on Instagram: @aloobaby65. 13 Marine Court, St Leonards-on-Sea Sunday 11am-8pm and Monday 12-9pm
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