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
Every now and again you visit a restaurant thatâs so on top of its game, you wonder why the Michelin panel havenât been throwing stars at it. Hardenâs have been tipping Mju for a while, Zagatâs ditto, and the AA have lavished rosettes on it. But, as yet, no nod from Michelin. Still, it canât be far offâ¦
Under the guidance of chef Tom Thomsen, dinner at Mju hovers somewhere around the five course mark â good value at Â£46 â or more if you opt for his individually-tailored tasting menu. That might suggest âgourmandâ rather than âgourmetâ but the Asian influences extend to the size of the portions, providing a remarkable series of tastes that gradually satiates without necessitating a loosening of the belt.
Dishes such as glazed foie gras, apple salad and Granny Smith sorbet , blue fin tuna with wasabi ice cream, langoustine dumpling in a black truffle broth and lobster linguini show a chef at the peak of his powers. Thomsenâs way with the simpler fare â the green miso soup is dizzyingly good â is also a good indication of his talents. In fact, there was only one duff note: an otherwise exemplary chocolate fondant comes with parsnip ice cream, a not entirely suitable earthy hint that just feels like an idea too far. The rest though is wildly enjoyable.