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
Bam-Bou is an atmospheric French-Vietnamese restaurant in the heart of the Charlotte Street cafÃ© strip where Indo-Chinese wall hangings, the predominantly dark wood interior and minimalist, ambient music create an evocative environment.
Their attention to detail is also reflected in the oriental cut of the staffâs uniforms and in the design of the crockery and utensils, ensuring youâre immersed in the atmosphere in advance of the French / Vietnamese food which, happily, is pretty good.
Starters average around Â£6, for substantial and refreshing combinations, such as crunchy asparagus and shitake salad served in a sweet peanut dressing or a deliciously smoky pumpkin and shaved coconut soup. Mains â generously sized and keenly priced around Â£14 - include a number of inventive crossover dishes such as grilled chicken brochette with lemongrass and peanuts, and honey-roasted duck with pak-choi and water chestnuts. More orthodox Vietnamese cuisine is also on offer with a range of aromatic green and yellow curries - all served with fluffy coconut rice - and an array of dishes infused with flavours such as lemongrass, sesame, soy, coconut and coriander.
Desserts â approximately Â£5 - are better than you might expect too, from the unusual, cigar-shaped chocolate spring rolls with kumquat to an exquisite passion fruit crÃ¨me brulee.
An atmospheric, good value gastronomic experience.