Warung Tujuh Indonesian, Brighton – review

Posted on February 27, 2011


Warung Tujuh, Brighton

Cosy and cool with food packing a punch, Warung Tujuh is the place to go to give your tastebuds a treat.

In a small back street just off the front by Brighton pier, this narrow Indonesian restaurant spans two floors to seat a decent number of people.

Having not tried Indonesian before, this restaurant was an excellent introduction. Deep, strong flavours complemented by an edge of refinement meant exceptionally delicious dishes and excellent presentation.

To start, my companion and I shared the spring roles. The service was incredibly fast, with the freshly cooked and crunchy starter flying from the kitchen within minutes of ordering. Served with a tangy dipping sauce, the spring roles could not be faulted.

The mains practically chased the starter out of the kitchen, appearing soon after we finished the spring rolls. I chose the Ayam Goreng Lengkaus – chicken marinated in galangal then deep-fried. Crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside, the flavours of this dish were beautifully balanced and aromatic. My partner chose the Rendang Daging, beef cooked slowly with coconut milk and spices. Soft, creamy and with the intense flavour of nutmeg permeating the whole dish, the beef was another excellent choice.

Spring rolls, Warung Tujuh

We chose plain rice to go with both, a wise decision considering the dominant flavours of the mains. One word of warning: although the menu does try to describe the dishes, in some cases it was difficult to determine what the dish would actually be like – wet, dry, spicy, mild. The waitress was, however, helpful and able to describe the dishes in more detail.

The portions were not large, but more than adequate, so much so that I (disappointingly) could not attempt a dessert. The quirky little pictures of ingredients on the menu and the knowledgeable staff contributed to an authentic atmosphere while maintaining a very high standard of food and service. I would happily visit again and try one of the other delicious sounding dishes on the menu.

Cuisine rating: 7.5

Warung Tujuh, 7 Pool Valley, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1NJ | 01273 720784 | warungtujuh.com

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