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Reviewing some of the Independent Restaurants in Billericay

We appointed our own mystery reviewer with the brief to tell us about the places to eat which are not national or international chains. We want to support local businesses as local residents.

Featured this month is
Pasha Restaurant Lounge

Pasha is perhaps one of Billericay’s more upmarket eateries, and is at the top end of the High Street where The White Hart used to be. Unrecognisable from those days, it has been extensively modernised and decorated in sumptuous browns with paler touches,  and the interesting  cut out lights provide an oriental feel. It is luxurious, interesting and quite different from other Billericay restaurants. Although large and on two floors, with a big patio as well, Pasha is busy and it is advisable to book. A large car park behind is a real bonus and provides an entrance to the rear.

Staff are welcoming and efficient and drinks were soon provided whilst we studied the menu. It was  a surprise to see that many dishes were not Turkish but representative of different countries. A fresh fig, pear and walnut salad was beautifully presented and with its raspberry dressing was pronounced very refreshing. Calamari rings were cooked perfectly and tasted good with the homemade tartare sauce. Karisik Sis which was lamb and chicken skewers, lightly spiced and grilled, and served with rice, chips and fresh vegetables was super. Kleftico, slowly cooked lamb shank with root vegetables in a rich gravy, was a hearty meal and heartily enjoyed. The homemade flatbread, which actually came warm with the starters, was useful for mopping up the sauce. Baklava, not too sweet, as is so often the case, and a Baileys crème brulee were the choice of desserts and are recommended.

Every dish was close to perfection – excellently cooked and really well presented – and the service was impeccable. I Iost count after ten of the number of waiting staff near our table, and so although prices were high, it is difficult to quibble. High standards must be paid for and there was a restaurant full of happy diners who were doing just that!
Rating: 9½/10