'The Lady Gaga of Indian cuisine': Review on Brentwood's new fusion restaurant Dusk
PUBLISHED: 12:25 12 August 2019
We have all been there when you want to go out to dinner but you and your friends can't agree on the cuisine.
But new restaurant Dusk, Ongar Road, Brentwood, which opened its doors in July, makes that decision a little easier.
With each of its dishes bringing different tastes from around the world, whether it'd be Indian, Mexican, English or Chinese, there really is something for everyone, even the fussiest of eaters.
We were welcomed to the main dining room, decorated with muted grey walls, elaborate floral wallpaper and lavish pink booths.
Escorted to our table, it felt as if we were lounging in a Miami hotel with drinks in hand, ready to be treated to a delicious meal.
Although Dusk doesn't serve alcohol, they have a drinks menu filled with some of your favourite concoctions such as pornstar martinis, mohitos and various wines minus the alcohol.
But if none of these tickle your fancy, customers are more than welcome to bring their own drinks.
To kick things off, we shared amuse bouche Noise of the World, made up of poppadoms, nachos and prawn crackers accompanied by cheese, sweet chilli jam and mango chutney dips.
If you like a bit of spice then the jam is the one to go for but otherwise, cheese was the all-round favourite.
Moving on to starters, and we had the prawn sesame toast, lobster atlantis accompanied by a wasabi cocktail drizzled with CO2 smoke, the infused chicken tikka which went down a treat and the prawn wonton soup which definitely left us wonton-ing more.
For mains, I went with the butter chicken which you should order for the colour alone.
It is by far one of the brightest dishes I've eaten as the chicken is covered in the sauce sprinkled with hints of spice.
My colleagues went for the peking duck which came with a sweet sauce and a tasty serving of hakka noodles, and the zarish polo, a chicken leg perfectly cooked in a rich tomato sauce.
Before looking over the dessert menu, TV chef and the man behind the meal Stephen Gomes came out to welcome us to Dusk and had a lovely chat about the food.
Stephen, who has previously appeared on the Great British Menu, is known for his unusual take on Indian recipes and jokes that he has been called "the Lady Gaga of Indian cuisine".
But it was time for my favourite part of the meal, we decided to share the chocolate fantasy as well as summer.
The chocolate fantasy is exactly what it says on the tin.
We were served a beautiful dish of rich chocolate mousse with chocolate soil, a chocolate samosa (aka chocomosa), a Nutella doughnut and jaffa cake ice cream.
We were also treated to summer, made up of an apple tart tartin, a tall glass of banana milkshake and a pineapple sorbet which was a refreshing and fruity end to a big meal.
Dusk is a charming and elegant restaurant with friendly staff and tasty unique dishes.
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