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
Awana â it means âin the cloudsâ in Malaysian, apparently - is elegantly situated off Sloane Avenue. The heavenly name is apt for the delightful cuisine â Malaysian food given a quixotic twist â on offer.
The space is varied. You can pop in for a drink at the funky bar, try a tempting skewer at the satay bar or opt for a more formal meal in the spacious, silk-patterned dining room.
We began with wonton isi sayuran (crispy Asian parcels) and cendawan campur goreng (crispy fried mushrooms). Both were delicious but the mushrooms were in a league of their own, bursting with flavour.
To follow I chose sayur goreng (sauteed organic tofu with fresh mushrooms and pak choy) with nasi putih (fragrant rice). My companion, clearly in need of sustenance, tried both kari sayur bermusim (mixed seasonal vegetables simmered with curry and tamarind sauce) plus the signature dish ikan panggang (banana leaf wrapped butterfish with lemongrass, coriander and chilli served with shallot & cucumber salad.) A rapt silence followed, the butterfish pronounced perfect, its melt-in-the-mouth texture and delicate flavour a clear winner.
Desserts of kopi cheescake (coffee and kahlua flavoured) plus sago kastard (baked egg custard with coconut and caramel) were pleasant rather than memorable, but this in no way detracted from a really superb meal. Attentive, very courteous service from all only served to enhance the experience.