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.
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!