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
16 St Matthewâs Rd
Tel: 020 8567 7541
There arenât that many spots in Londonâs suburbia, where one can find what could be defined as a genuinely good neighbourhood restaurant. Particularly one, which could near match the kind refined and distinctive cooking in some of the finest West End restaurants in the capital. So letâs take pride and even joy in the fact that Charlotteâs Place, perched in a secluded little corner overlooking Ealing Common, is quite the epitome of one place.
Discretion seems to be the buzz word here, where one even has to ring the doorbell to enter. The interior dÃ©cor is restrained and elegant with large wall mirrors making the ground floor dining room look deceptively more spacious. Yet, this is still a very cosy set up.
The modern British cooking here could best be described as being unpretentious, devoid of calling too much attention to itself though equally, itâs packed with just the right pairing of ingredients
and fresh flavours.
A perfect example of this combination is the wonderfully rendered pea veloute with gem lettuce, croutons and pea shoots. The chicken liver mousse with crisp breads is given a punchy lift by the home-made piccalilli. For mains, the Cornish sea trout with purple sprouting broccoli and anchovy butter has a subtle note to it albeit given texture by the slight crunch of the almonds. A rich and rather wintery taste is given off with the superbly made beef onglet, accompanied by potato gratin, celeriac puree and sauce bordelaise.
Pudding options offer buttermilk panna cotta with strawberries and meringue whilst the banana cake with maple syrup caramel, pecan crumb and banana ice cream warrants the one criticism of what is otherwise a damn fine meal: the banana cake being just a tad dry. But never mind â Charlotteâs Place is a restaurant that deserves all the success and accolades it can muster.