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
When the bar is doing brisk business but the large dining room is virtually empty, alarm bells start ringing. Could this be the fabled Bankside that several people had recommended? Yes it could for the bells came to an abrupt stop with the realisation that, some 40 minutes later, every single table was taken.
The secret? Good value for money and good food. The menu is short but varied, with starters and desserts around the Â£6 mark, mains averaging Â£12-13 and litres of (decent) wine being available for Â£13.
Cuisine-wise, itâs a granny-pleaser: sort of a best of British with a bit of Europe for good measure, such as the hearty starter of pig trotter croquette and red onion marmalade, or the County Kerry oak smoked sea trout, pickled cucumber and dill salad. There is a nod towards vegetarianism but generally itâs big on the meat in solid traditional manner, such as a fine braised belly of blackspot, served with bubble and squeak and apple compote. Confit of lamb shoulder and its accompanying creamed turnip was also a welcoming, comforting sight.
With a good sticky toffee pudding and some excellent cheese to finish â Nealâs Yard Dairy supply it, so thatâs always a safe bet â and a final bill south of Â£70, itâs easy to see why Bankside has such a reputation.