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
The CafÃ© Lazeez âchainâ (Soho, this South Kensington branch and, surprisingly, Birmingham) offers a breezy twist on Indian dining.
The menu, despite the odd Jalfrezi, is surprisingly light on the traditional Indian fare featuring instead more innovative dishes such as Paneer Mint Tikka (Â£4.90). A tandoor dish of cottage cheese filled with a mint coriander mix, marinated with turmeric and yoghurt, it burst with flavour and colour and impressed the vegetarian companion. Char Grilled Salmon (Â£5.95), was a moist and tasty affair, the yoghurt, red chilli, carom and dill giving the good quality fish a delicious hit of spice.
Main courses â Spinach and Fennel Dumplings (Â£10.75) and Nalli Gosht (Â£8.95) â were slightly heavier going. The dumplings, filled with sweet and sour mushrooms, packed no little taste but were hugely filling. The Gosht â billed as a lamb shank delicacy cooked with an exotic melange of spices â was flavoursome but slightly chewier than anticipated. Good sauce though and the extras â saffron rice (Â£2.75), Peshwari Naan (Â£2), plus Aubergines (Â£4.60) and Spinach and Mushrooms (Â£4.25) â were nigh on immaculate. The Naan was exceptional and highly flavoured with mango, while the Aubergines were rich and provided a strong peppery kick.
Itâs no Mela â six, seven years on and STILL the pick of Londonâs mid-range Indian restaurants â but for a bottle of something drinkable, a couple of starters and change from around Â£30, Lazeez is a decent alternative.