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
itâs several years since we first raved about Mela. Time has moved on, weâre looking olderâ¦ and Melaâs still delivering the goods.
Admittedly, Melaâs also looking older, those colourful walls, funky paintings and bleached wood keeping them firmly in the â90sâ. But the service, while sometimes haphazard, is still friendly, the âglass-partitioned interactive kitchenâ is as entertaining as ever and the food is still pretty damn great, and as far from your common-or-garden kormas and your ladsâ night jalfrezis as the mainstream gets.
Mutter Adrak Ki Aloo was a delicious shallow-fried patty of crushed green peas, ginger and mash. Calamari Pakhtooni, Squid with Goan piri-piri soured sauce, was breathtaking for all the right reasons. The Tawe ki Bathak - a ludicrously moist duck breast covered in a thick sauce of coconut, coriander and mint â is still one of the best Indian dishes in the West End. Great breads and excellent sides like Jeera Pulao â basmati rice flavoured with cumin - demonstrated an appreciation and understanding of the importance of simple flavours and quality ingredients.
Probably still the best Indian in London at this level.