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
101-103 New Oxford Street
Tel: 020 7420 2900
Wouldnât it be good for anyone who owned a restaurant to ensure that even if the food is good, it can never ever match the location? In other words, whatever it is that arrives on the customerâs plate is almost superseded by some other element of the restaurant surroundings. Is that good or bad?
Well, whatever oneâs opinion on this, whatâs for certain is that at Paramount â high up on the top floor of Londonâs Centre Point building, itâs the view that matters and my what a view! You see right across London in all its brilliance and for that alone, a visit to this high-flying establishment is worth the price.
And yes, the prices here are indeed somewhat lofty too and in some cases, the portions smaller than they really ought to be. But if you want to indulge in the whole elevated experience, kick off proceedings with the rather eye-catchingly dressed cocktails. Of the starters, the roasted Scottish scallop with cauliflower mousse and parsley consommÃ© registers far better than the bloated vegetarian option of pumpkin and chickpea â so-called- lasagne â with ricotta and ginger cream. The chickpeas here dominate and make for less than exciting flavours. Mains are much more invigorating with both the pan fried Cornish turbot with braised octopus, salsify carrot puree and chervil sauce and the Kentish beetroot gnocchi with brie and purple artichoke â the latter dish being of a lovely and vivid hue â proving to be uplifiing and flavoursome. For dessert, donât miss the baked cheesecake with rosemary infused blueberry.
As for those views, things only get better as you go even higher to level 33 and the viewing gallery and panoramic views. Letâs hope you donât suffer from vertigo though!