A few weeks ago, I was invited to the press opening of Dusk in Brentwood, a new restaurant that also has a bar and a shisha lounge. I was really intrigued to try Dusk as it has been a while since a new restaurant has opened in Essex that I have had the opportunity to visit on the press launch. One of the first things you notice about Dusk (aside from all of the super cars lined up in the car park) is the trendy terrace area next to the main restaurant. This has the capacity to be open air or covered up if the weather isn’t great – and they also have DJ’s playing most nights. Even if you are not going there to eat, the terrace area is definitely the place to be.
When we arrived, we were shown to the deck behind the restaurant that overlooks the golf course. Dusk don’t actually sell alcohol (but then again I don’t drink), so we took the opportunity to enjoy some soft drinks while taking in the view. The layout of the restaurant itself is really nice. I often take my Mum to restaurant reviews as she is a lady that is VERY passionate about deserts, and one of our mutual bugbears is restaurants where you are too squashed together to other tables. This isn’t the case at Dusk though. You are far enough away to have a private conversation, which is great for me as I say more inappropriate things than appropriate things.
I didn’t eat the starter on the set menu they did for the night as it was something seafood-y if I recall correctly and I don’t eat seafood. But I made the choice to have steak for my main course and my Mum had curry and neither of them were regrettable choices. I’m quite fussy with steak. Because I have it well-done I like to pick cuts like filet otherwise I find it too dry, but this wasn’t the case. Dusk’s steak was melt-in-your-mouth and the potatoes that accompanied were crispy and light at the same time. Mum had the Butter Chicken, which I had a taste of (when I say this I mean I ate the rest of) and this was really nice as well. There is a little bit of a twist in there that sets it aside from butter chicken you order from an Indian and I can’t quite place my finger on what it was but it worked!
Now on to desert, the one we have all been waiting for! I can’t actually find the desert on the menu but luckily I have a picture of it. There was a biscuit base with some form of chocolate ice-cream on the top and then there was a delightful frothy, raspberry mousse situation with some mint chocolate ice-cream on the side. It was delightful going through all of those different textures and although I am not usually a fan of sweet food I absolutely loved this.
I’d really recommend going to Dusk, especially if you have a celebration on. I couldn’t stay too late, which was disappointing, but I really want to go to an event on the terrace next time I am there.
*I was offered a free meal for 2 in exchange for this review.