Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Brentwood
Hardens guides have spent 31 years compiling reviews of the best Brentwood restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 42 restaurants in Brentwood and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Brentwood restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Brentwood Restaurants
1. Dusk British, Modern restaurant in Brentwood Ongar Road - CM15
A “spectacular molecular gastronomic seven-course tasting menu” from chef Stephen Gomes – complete with impressive dessert course – is the centrepiece of this “unique venue” in the leafy burbs (which also has a very eclectic à la carte offering). As an alternative, head to the adjoining shisha lounge, complete with regular DJs – “a great place for romancing Essex girls and boys, with tans, tits and tattoos aplenty!” Note, it’s an alcohol-free venue, with plenty of non-alcoholic drinks, but you can arrange to BYO. Some upbeat feedback, but too few reports for a rating as yet. But, in the right mood, it looks like an interesting night!
2. Angler, South Place Hotel Fish & seafood restaurant in City 3 South Pl - EC2
“Paradise for anyone who loves fish and seafood”, this “first-class 7th-floor” restaurant “with a lovely terrace” near Broadgate is a champion of the D&D London stable – “and the views of the City only make it more exciting”. “Chef Gary Foulkes works closely with all the best suppliers in the UK and it shows in the quality and freshness of every dish”. Top Tip: “the mackerel tartare with oyster cream is not to be missed”.
3. The Melusine Fish & seafood restaurant in St. Katherine Dock Unit K, Ivory House, St. Katherine Dock - E1W
Theodore Kyriakou – who, back in the day, built both Livebait and The Real Greek – is part of the team behind this simply decorated, early 2020 newcomer in lovely St Katherine Dock (which comes complete with outside tables): “a confident gem of a fish restaurant” with “an unusual wine list which pairs exceptionally well with the well-prepared and presented dishes” (sourced from around the British Isles). It won a recent 10/10 from The Guardian’s Grace Dent.
4. Boisdale of Bishopsgate Scottish restaurant in City Swedeland Court, 202 Bishopsgate - EC2
This Caledonian-themed branch of the Belgravia-based chain comprises a ground-floor wine bar and basement restaurant, with echoes of the mothership in its meaty menu, quality wine list and business-friendly set-up. It is still ‘temporarily closed’ as we go to press in September 2021, but we’ve listed it on the basis that it is likely to re-open as the City gets its mojo back.
5. Frog by Adam Handling British, Modern restaurant in Covent Garden 35 Southampton Street - WC2E
The “stunning innovation” of Adam Handling’s “clever”, but “not crazy” cuisine (“the breads with chicken butter and crispy chicken skin were out of this world!”) wins a paean of praise for his Covent Garden HQ. And even some who feel that “not every dish totally works” award the “spectacular” cooking full marks on account of the “degree of talent and creativity on show”. The “great front of house staff” also get a big shout-out for their “friendly” style, which adds life to the simple interior with open kitchen (more casual in style than is typically found around such fancy food). A new outside terrace is a recent addition, as is delivery service ‘Hame’ (“the absolute king of the home delivery options we tried”).
6. Smith's Brasserie British, Modern restaurant in Ongar Fyfield Rd - CM5
A “fantastic fish restaurant in the heart of the Essex countryside” (est. 1958), and where “there is something for everyone, including vegetarians” . Being “big but heaving” and “populist in nature”, reporters “recommend sitting upstairs as it is quieter and more homely”. PS – if you're keen, “they have a similar branch in Wapping”.
7. Alec's British, Modern restaurant in Brentwood Navestock Side - CM14
“They really understand how to cook fish” (the main event) at this fancified former pub, a local favourite – including with the TOWIE set – since its arrival in 2010, and which benefits from an airy conservatory and spacious rooms.
8. The Magic Mushroom British, Modern restaurant in Billericay Barleylands Road - CM11
Darren Bennett’s stalwart, serving up creative modern British cooking (including a well-regarded afternoon tea) “continues to be reliable in all respects”, whether you stop to take advantage of the set menus or its popular side act as a wedding and events venue.
9. The Cuckoo British, Modern restaurant in Radley Green
“Good basic cooking in a lovely dining room” – the reason why this intimate, relaxed and rustic gastroboozer is a “popular” destination amongst locals. Top Tip: “try the steak and kidney pie for a real tasty dish”.
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