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
The Menier Chocolate Factory is a former chocolate factory, once owned by a bloke called Menier, funnily enough. Itâs a strange hybrid of a place, thatâs part bar, part theatre and part restaurant. And, while I canât comment on the theatre, the bar and restaurant sections work extremely well.
Apart from fellow diners â a lot of braying media wannabes - thereâs no pretension here, just a straightforward list of brasserie classics with the odd twist. Pan fried langoustine, with garlic butter and celeriac remoulade were a little on the small side but fresh. Oriental duck rillettes â a logical combination given the French and Oriental relationship with the bird â was a coarse, gamey rillette with a big hit of coriander. Basic but better than much fusion cooking.
Burgers and expensive bangers and mash are inevidence alongside more interesting dishes â a generous and tasty risotto of smoked chicken and baby leeks â and brasserie classics, like chargrilled rib eye: a good few ounces of unstressed cow suitably matched with a potato, horseradish and rocket gratin.
Desserts, unsurprisingly, feature a fair bit of chocolate, such as the zippy chocolate espreso tart with crÃ¨me fraiche. All in all, just about as good as youâll find in this price range.