Restaurant Richard Wilkins

A great addition to the Essex restaurant scene that’s definitely what you’d say about this place. Set a the top of Buckhurst Hill high street and only a five minute walk from the station makes this ideally placed. It’s a small restaurant with just 28 covers and has an open kitchen . Only opened in September but on reading other reviews and looking at the places where Chef Richard Wilkins had worked it was definitely a place I wanted to visit. On entering the restaurant you get the feel of a nice intimate place tables down either side and nicely spaced with plenty of room down the centre and with carpet on the floor it’s never going to get that noisy. For lunch they offer a 3 courses for £45 which consists of 3 starters, 2 mains & 2 desserts . The restaurant was quiet on Saturday which actually turned out great for us as we were treated like private diners and got to sample each of the 7 courses on the menu with an additional cheese course also added. We started with a delightful Scottish Gin Cured Salmon to be followed by a Goats Cheese Agnolotti before finishing a starter section with the most amazing Chalosse Foie Gras these dishes matched nicely with a bottle of white wine from the Cinque Terre.

CHALOSSE FOIE GRAS

Next it was time for the main courses to which were both stunning a Fillet of Halibut with Grapes and celeriac puree and Venison Loin & pumpkin two of the finest dishes you would want to eat with my Venison dish well matched with a glass of Austrian Pinot Noir

HALIBUT

VENISON LOIN

We were then given a nice surprise with a delightful cheese course to share a Blue Cheese an Epoisses and a Gruyere. This led on to the desserts the first being a refreshing Citrus Variations then the main dessert a fabulous Chocolate Moulleuux and Passion Fruit Sorbet

CHEESE COURSE

CHOCOLATE MOULLEUX

We finished with coffee and a nice selection of petit fours . To which brought an end to an absolutely wonderful lunch with the food being of a high quality and cooked to perfection. It was also nice at the end to have a chat with Richard and Manager Matthew. I can’t really judge the restaurant fully on the service as we were the only people in for lunch but definitely for the food and the way we were looked after I would highly recommend a visit . I would like to wish them every success in the future and look forward to returning soon myself

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