Brighton’s going Doolalee for Mad Dogs and Englishmen.

Mad Dogs and Englishmen invited to enjoy midday sun at Brighton’s Indian Summer

Following the eagerly awaited weekend pedestrianisation of Brighton’s East Street, the award-winning Indian Summer restaurant has added outdoor seating for up to 12 people.

The song “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” was written by Noël Coward in 1931 and became the signature feature in his cabaret act – gently prodding the eccentric habits of British Empire builders in its hotter colonies.

To celebrate the new outside seating, Indian Summer is serving its renowned Royal Thali with cold beer or glass of wine every lunchtime for only £10. The Royal Thali, a favourite in Gujarati homes usually priced at £12.95, is a complete meal comprising dall, lamb, chicken, jeera spring aloo, pickle, papad, roti, basmati rice, raita, farsan and mithai. Vegetarian and non alcoholic alternatives are available.

“It’s strange that many Brits regard Indian food as something to warm up with on cold winter nights – rarely stopping to appreciate that India is a hot country and that spiced food helps cool the body,” said Indian Summer co owner Minesh Agnihotri, adding, “Commonly used Indian spices stimulate circulation, opening pores aiding perspiration and keeping diners comfortable on hot days.

In hot weather Indian Summer’s enticing dessert menu also comes into its own, with such tantalising creations as its homemade Carrot hawala and white chocolate ice cream with carrot mandarin coulis.

Indian Summer has also been nominated as a finalist in this year’s Asian Curry Awards. Asian food lovers can vote online at or by emailing The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at the London Hilton on 15th November.

The term “doolalee” is one of 800 words in the Oxford English Dictionary of Indian origin. From the town of Deolali in India was the location of an army base and sanatorium where soldiers leaving India in the late C19th were sent before leaving for home. Those that became mentally deranged after contacting heat stroke, or “tap” in Urdu, were said to have gone “Doolally Tap.”

Editors’ Notes:

Indian Summer was founded in 2001 by Minesh Agnihotri (who gave up a career making medical prosthetics) and Byron Swales (whose family was forced to flee Burma in a wooden plane), with a mission to bring authentic cooking to the pair have assembled a brigade of talented chefs drawn from across the regions to offer truly pan-Indian fine dining.

Outside Catering: For weddings, parties, music festivals and intimate dinner parties, with prix fixé and original menus created to specific requirements.

Cookery Classes: 2 to 3 hour workshops in the comfort of your own kitchen; £120 for 3 courses four up to 4 people including all ingredients and spices.

Opening Times: Monday 6pm – 10.30pm; Tuesday to Saturday 12 noon – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm; Sunday 12.30pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm.

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