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
12 Kew Green
Tel: 020 8940 5696
Stood at a spot, where, if you blink youâll miss it, Linnea has nevertheless, got a lot going for it. So putting aside the off the beaten track location, itâs housed on Kew Green, a stoneâs throw from the main entrance at Kew Gardens hence, itâs perfect for lunch or dinner should one be visiting the iconic World Heritage site.
Whatâs more is that the establishment is given that extra tinge of curiosity and thumbs up in that not only does the cooking harbour strong Swedish influences due to chef-patron Jonas Karlssonâs own origins, he was previously the head chef at the Fifth Floor CafÃ© at Harvey Nichols. What can one expect from the menu then, but good things!
Starters lift off with pickled herrings on rye bread partnered with a perfectly formed smoked egg yolk. On a little more of a meaty and robust side was the venison pate with blackcurrant compote and toasted brioche. Both dishes were fine and well presented.
The follow up course featured and evenly flavoured fillet of grey mullet with warm fennel salad, radish and vanilla foam. Another main featured Kentish lamb rump with peas and broad beans along with confit charlotte potatoes, which was also up to par. Desserts included an excellent mango and kiwi fool with caramelised bread crumbs and a well-made strawberry ripple cheesecake served with marinated strawberries.
One might argue that though everything here â including the service â is well tuned, the cooking verges on the bland. However, such is not the case and one is urged to call it a âhidden gemâ of a place that deserves wider recognition.