There’s nothing like a curry and a few drinks on a Friday night to mark the end of a week and get your weekend off to a fitting start. For me it’s one of life’s pleasures and I have spent years testing and researching the perfect places for a Friday night curry. From the authentic hub of South Indian cuisine in Tooting to the Michelin starred likes of Benares in Berkeley square – I’ve seen quite a few Pakoras in my time. A good curry is something I often crave.

For years my venue of choice was Hove Tandoori, still one of the best classic Indian curry houses. Many a night has been spent putting the world to rights in their modern, chic and cozily lit dining room. The brilliant staff knew what to bring; Tandoori king prawns and Dhal Masala (served Madras hot) with a South African Chenin Blanc -essential Friday night staples. Now there are also some other great choices in our region and my absolute favourite these days is the award winning Curry Leaf Café.

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