Best local Indian Restaurant in Essex 2014
One of the finest Indian restaurants in Essex Caraway Indian Brasserie, in Gants Hill, has won the prestigious Best Local Indian Restaurant Award in the Restaurant Guides
The Hart Brothers
The Hart Brothers, who have made Quo Vadis and Fino into such success stories
Thereâs a slightly faded grandeur to the faÃ§ade of Christopherâs that belies the efficiency that goes on behind the door. However, that run down charm, the eclectic menu and slightly informal atmosphere makes this place very easy to like.
The restaurant strikes a sensible balance between old-fashioned and relaxed, from the efficient but smiling service to the layout, and the menu is a mix of sophisticated modern-European with American-eseque comfort eating. Our meal ranged from Pheasant ravioli, roasted game jus, truffle oil to caramelised slow-cooked pork belly, via a âSpagoâsâ goats cheese mousseline with pecans â a great, surprising combination â and, inevitably, a steak.
Christopherâs steaks come from the Buccleuch Estate in Scotland and are aged 28 days. The meat is thus exceptional, though the mushroom croquette which came with the fillet was a pointless, bland and soggy addition. Sides of cheddary mash, creamed corn, etc., were hearty and, at around Â£3.50 apiece, good value though. Damn fine âgrown upâ puds too, such as Peach melba with amaretto poached peaches, raspberries and raspberry ripple ice cream.