Firstly, I need to apologise for the photos; the lighting in Tookta’s is very romantic but does not lend itself to great food photography!
You will just have to take my words and not my pictures that this food is great.
Approaching the end of living in Brighton, I thought a lot about all the food I had and hadn’t eaten over the years and where I needed to revisit before I left. Top of the list, along with a select few others, was Tookta’s Cafe.
A few years ago, I stumbled across this tiny Thai restaurant, which has around 20 covers and is tucked up the side of the street beside Argos on Western Road (Spring Street), a few years ago and fell in love with it. It’s one of those ones that once you’ve been you tell everyone about it. It’s an unpretentious setting and run by family members and friends. It’s very intimate and casual.
It’s run by a lady who is what some might call quite eccentric but lovely and she exclaimed upon finding out it was our first visit ‘well why have you not been here before?’. I laughed but after eating her food I totally understood it. I would be back.
On all occasions, I went for tempura prawns which I maintain, after having eaten there three times now, that these are the best tempura prawns I have ever had. They literally melt in the mouth. Big juicy prawns in a light tempura batter, delicately fried and served with a little side salad and lightly spiced dipping sauce.
I also went for the same main on each occasion (hey, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it) of penang curry with duck. The duck is lovely and flavoursome, the accompanying rice is well cooked but the undeniable star of the show is the rich, thick, creamy penang sauce. The flavours are balanced expertly and it is thicker than any other penang curry I have eaten elsewhere.
Tookta’s Cafe is most definitely one of the most memorable meals I’ve had in Brighton and can only hope that you find it as delightful as I did!
Tookta’s Cafe, 30 Spring Street, Brighton, BN1 3EF
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