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
A little crescent off Regents Street doesnât seem the obvious place for the little slice of Marrakech that is Momo. With its over the top interior design and big furniture â the seats, for example, appear to be made of yak â this is still one of the capitalâs âinâ places. However, the reputation for glamour, celebs and trust fund-supported customers sadly detracts from what Momo deserves to be famous for: the really rather good food.
Things didnât start well with the just-okay bread but thatâs easily overlooked in favour of the punchy and juicy spiced olives, an indicator of things to come. Like many destination places, there are some design flourishes, which are either witty or frou frou depending on your point of view: a seared tuna and quailâs egg amuse bouche, for example, comes on an edible pastry spoon Unlike many âdestinationâ places though, Momo isnât artificially polite. If the menu promises heat, you get heat.
The Merguez Couscous is fine example. The couscous arrives dotted with cooked vegetables and you panic momentarily that they misheard your order. Then the Merguez arrive, a plate of dense meaty sausage, and the waiter throws it all together for you. The stock is mixed into the couscous, the chilli paste is added and the whole thing explodes in the mouth.
Traditional pastries provide a sweet finish but are overshadowed by the delicious hot, sweet mint tea.
A surprisingly good experience.