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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

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The Hart Brothers, who have made Quo Vadis and Fino into such success stories

10% Discount with Privilege Card from 11am to 7.30pm
10% Discount with Privilege Card from 11am to 7.30pm
50% off the food bill Monday through to Saturday

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At first sight, Barracuda is a strange place. When you walk into a restaurant at around 8pm on Friday night and there’s just you, your companion and a couple of waitresses, you start to question your judgement.

Even with the competition along this busy, restaurant-heavy street, in this busy, restaurant-heavy area, you’d expect more customers. Still, we figured, 20 minutes into an excellent meal, it was their loss.

Barracuda serve Thai food of a power and intensity all too rare in London. This is genuinely punchy stuff, served up by enthusiastic staff, in a room that, while simple, presses a lot of the right buttons. It’s airy, light, covered in interesting works of art, there’s classic soul coming gently from the speakers… Barracuda’s is thus easy to warm to. And the food is excellent.

Salt and pepper ribs were chewy and flavourful, with good chilli depth. A roasted duck curry was meltingly good, and the green curry delivered great heat. Unlike so many Thai restaurants, Barracuda clearly use real cuts of meat – the rich, properly fatty duck proved that – and they’re also not shy to use the spices. Polite this food isn’t. Very good, and well priced, it certainly is. The short but sweet wine list is also good value.

As for the atmosphere… we didn’t stay the only diners for long. Essentially, Barracuda appears to be THE place to hang out in. By 9pm, you couldn’t get a seat. By 10pm, you couldn’t get a seat in the bar / club downstairs. By 11pm, you probably won’t want to leave. This is the sort of funky place you’d love to have as your local. People of Stoke Newington? We’re insanely jealous.