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 enclave of Westbourne Grove and its surrounding area is so diverse â both ethnically and geographically â that itâs hardly any wonder there are cafes and restaurants of all kinds. Not to mention a whole gamut of them. Itâs a lucky neighbourhood indeed where one can fin such a huge collection of dining establishments.
What makes the wonderfully and rather appropriately named Wildflower CafÃ© stand out is that it happens to be a floristâs that doubles up both as a cafÃ© during the daytime, serving a range of well-made cakes and savoury items, and then in the evening as a more elevated though unpretentious eaterie.
Like most cafes, though the interior is a tad cramped and the dÃ©cor musters a serviceable and earthy look, itâs the cooking that counts, warranting a full thumbs-up!
To start, roasted onion and thyme with cheddar âtoastsâ along with smoked duck breast with pickled plum and watercress, offers robust and perfectly acceptable robust flavours. For mains, the pan-fried wild sea bass was adequately cooked and given accompaniment of new potatoes in a tomato and olive sauce. Itâs an earthy dish, which you wouldnât necessarily even think of being very restaurant orientated as it were. That said, at Â£17.50, the price certainly has a whiff of the restaurant about it. The chargrilled lamb rump is equally satisfying, aided by pomme puree, sautÃ©ed spinach and salsa verde.
Keeping things on an even keel, desserts of plum and apple crumble with vanilla custard and pear frangipane tart with Chantilly cream do justice to a menu, which is concise. If you are quick and have spotted one of the attractive looking cakes by the window before they are removed for the evening service, you might even be lucky enough to order one of those for dessert. Incidentally, should you be in the mood, the freshly squeezed juices here are unmissable.
108 Chepstow Rd
Tel: 020 7792 9594