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
73-75 Union Street
Tel: 020 7407 2004
This is a modern Indian, which is just a tad off the beaten track so youâll either head to it as a destination restaurant, which is unlikely or youâll stumble across it by chance.
Itâs just that being merely a stoneâs throw from London Bridge station, the establishment faces stiff competition from scores of different restaurants though admittedly this will likely be the best Indian in the immediate area. Modern without being pretentious, the restaurant proudly proclaims in its tagline that itâs where âtraditional street cuisine meets fine urban diningâ. Not a bad way of putting it.
Thereâs certainly much in the way of earthy and casual Indian items on the menu, ranging from puffs and nan rolls to chatts, aloo tikkis, pav bhajis, dosas and other street foods. Thereâs even a âdesiâ burger made of spicy lamb and served with masala wedges and slaw though one would be hard pressed to call the latter Indian street food!
So hereâs what doesnât work: the lassis were a tad watery to say the least and this isnât a drink one can really get wrong in an Indian restaurant. The kasundi fish tiika â with a hint of mustard â doesnât quite deliver the âwowâ factor whilst the tandoori broccoli was just so-so. But on the plus side: a lovely methi murg, given enough of a punch by the fenugreek, a supremely delicious and robustly flavoured ârailwayâ lamb curry, which was faultless and addictively good and last but not least â a sublime gobhi mutter (cauliflower and peas).
Service is also friendly and efficient in a restaurant which is relaxing, decked out in earthy tones, and all the better for it.