Amera Rani, CR2 6AH
- 020 8681 8834
- 248 Brighton Road, CR2 6AH
- 5pm-11:30pm Mon-Sat; 5pm-11pm Sun
A mixed starter platter (£9.50 to serve two) included vegetable bhanavla (a steamed/baked savoury lentil-based cake), chicken tikka, lamb salli (a minced lamb dish), and prawn kharphatla (whole king prawns in a dryish savoury sauce). It was all individually interesting, and the meat/seafood wasn't overcooked.
Gymkhana lamb chops (£10.50) were well-spiced and well-seasoned, though sadly lacking in crispy fat. They were mostly deboned, making them easy to eat. Salmon tikka (£10) had a nice char, and the fish was no more overcooked than one might expect from a takeaway that had travelled some distance — it would probably have been just fine if we'd eaten in.
Baigan and makai bharta (smoked aubergine with sweetcorn; £5.45 as a main dish) was subtly smoky and not overly oily as Indian takeaway aubergine dishes so often can be. The sweetcorn was perhaps a little tough-skinned, but this is a minor quibble. Tarka dhal (£3.45 as a side dish) was cardamom-heavy, though this worked well. There seemed to be a few different types of lentil in there. Again, it wasn't overly oily.
Keema naan (£2.45) suffered from the takeaway process; the bread wasn't as good as if we'd eaten it fresh. The keema filling was fine, though; not dyed red as it often is, and actually tasted of something. Basmati rice (£2.50) was fine.
Kake's verdict: I would happily order from here again, and would like to go and eat in, too. Certainly well above average for a takeaway, though this is partly reflected in the price.