Restaurant Review: Dusk, Brentwood

Asian fusion restaurant, Dusk, is on track to establish itself as Brentwood’s hottest new dining destination. 

Home of TOWIE, fake tan, glitz and glamour, Brentwood has its fair share of popular dining establishments. However the word (and taste) on everyone’s lips is Dusk.

Located out of town, on Ongar Road, Dusk is a stylish fusion restaurant serving dishes inspired by Indian, Turkish, Chinese & British cuisine. 

On arrival, walk down the red carpet to the entrance, a doorman will check you in and a member of the team will show you to your table. At this point it was all feeling very Essex cliche, however what followed was a delightful surprise. 

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We started with non-alcoholic cocktails, a pornstar martini and Indian Summer, each beautifully presented (priced £9 each). 

The menu is varied with something to suit all tastes and moods. To start my guest and I opted for dragon fruit croquettes (£8), which were served on a bright blue bubblegum sauce; the chefs own tasty creation and chicken momos (£9), presented in a steamed glass bowl. 

For mains my guest chose fish and chips, but don’t expect your usual classic. This is two pieces of fluffy John Dory, lightly battered, plated alongside seasoned chunky chips, grape tartar dip, pea mousse and rose infused ketchup sauce (£29).

I chose peking duck with sweet apricot jam and hakka noodles (£21). It arrived with smoking nitrogen infused with cinnamon essence. A real showstopper…and dare I say, the best duck I’ve ever tasted. 

Dessert was another exceptional course. Apple and doughnuts, complemented with espresso fudge, vanilla ice cream and milk foam (£15) for my guest and three scoops of pistachio ice cream (£6) served on a sprinkling of crushed nuts for me.

With beautiful presentation and impressive flavours, executive head chef Stephen Gomes (2 AA Rosette) and Michelin experienced chef David are sure to make a lasting impression on all their diners. 

 

Food is a little on the pricey side, but portions are huge. We could have easily shared a starter and dessert, and the quality is worth every penny. 

The restaurant doesn’t currently have an alcohol license but don’t let that put you off. Diners are welcome to bring their own alcohol. However, unlike other BYOB establishments, here staff are happy to pop wine and bubbles into wine coolers and pour for you. 

The meal was finished with pink candyfloss! For those looking to extend their evening, head to the heated outdoor shisha bar. The area has an additional snack menu and flavoured shisha available. 

There’s live music and a DJ on a Friday and Saturday evening. It’s recommended to book ahead as weekends are proving popular. 

I’ll admit, I visited Dusk with a pre-judgement. I expected nothing more than another turkish inspired, overhyped restaurant but how wrong was I! The food was incredible, decor trendy (think palms and a mod-contemporary vibe) and the staff attentive. I’ve encouraged friends to give it a try and even booked a pre-Christmas get together with family. 

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