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About Us

About Us

Manju is our bijou family run Indian restaurant, nestled in the bustling and vibrant North Laines, Brighton. Manju’s is named after our mother. Living and growing up in Uganda, Africa, Manju lost her father at the age of 12 years old. She was taught to cook by her mother and at the age of 14, she was cooking and supplying 35 tiffins a day, just to make ends meet.

In 1972, all East African Asians were exiled from Uganda by dictator, President Idi Amin. Manju arrived in London with just ¬£12 and 2 very young boys.She went to work in a factory and stayed there until she retired. Her dreams of owning and running a restaurant were forgotten for six decades! Until now…

MEET THE CHEFS

Manju, our mother, is the inspiration behind our restaurant. After realising her dream of running a restaurant at the age of 80, every dish including ¬†chutneys and desserts are made to Manju’s recipes. With a lifetime of knowledge and ¬†experience, Manju cooks in the kitchen every evening and makes sure everything is served to the highest possible standards.

Dipali, our head chef and daughter in law to Manju, is a highly trained chef. Born and raised in Gujarat, she trained as a chef in Surat, the culinary capital of Gujarat. DIpali has many years experience and has worked with some the best Indian chefs in the country. Passionate about food from an early age, Dipali’s inspiration comes from Manju.

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