Tried and Tasted
- Credit: Archant
Nikki Baskin-Walsh, from Loughton’s Baskin Walsh, charted certified accountants, shares an insight into her dining delights, including a Massaman curry, a business meeting must-have and how she nearly ate a kangaroo pizza!
What are your favourite places in West Essex for…
THE COFFEE BREAK
Name of restaurant/café: Molens
Favourite dish? Molens special chicken escalope in a bap
Who would you take? My partner and daughter
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- 4 10 great circular walks in Lancashire
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What makes this place perfect for a much-deserved break? The friendly staff, great food and reasonable prices – so pleased that they have doubled their size now, so it’s easier to get a table at lunchtime
LUNCH WITH FRIENDS
Name of restaurant: Queens Rooms
Location: Buckhurst Hill
Favourite dish? Club Sandwich
Who would you take? The girls
What makes this the ideal venue for a midday catch-up? It is a quirky little café, which is well-decorated and very cosy. They serve great food, good sized portions and a well-stocked wine list!
A FAMILY MEAL
Name of restaurant: The Vic
Favourite dish? Ham, egg and chips
Who would you take? Family and friends
Why is this your choice for the whole family? It has a lovely sunny garden, which is quite rare in Loughton, great for kids to enjoy and they serve proper pub food for all the family!
Name of restaurant: Saay Tharn
Favourite dish? Massaman curry
Who would you take? A client who needs some straightforward business advice
What makes this venue a deal clincher? Quiet setting, delicious Thai food and private enough for a business meeting
LIVING IT UP
Name of restaurant: The Olive Tree
Favourite dish? Chicken souvlaki or steak
Who would you take? Perfect for a romantic meal with my other half or a night of dancing and cocktails with the girls
Why is this venue perfect for parties or special occasions? It’s more than just a meal at the Olive Tree. The atmosphere is always amazing, friendly staff, great food and the live music makes for a fantastic night!
What’s your food heaven? A good home cooked meal – can’t beat fresh food.
… and hell? Fish – I can’t stand it!
What’s the strangest thing you’ve eaten? I almost ate kangaroo on a pizza in France once – until I found out what it was!
Wine, Pimm’s or champagne? Pimms because it’s a summery drink and I love the fruit in it.
What’s your favourite cookery show/book? Anything Jamie Oliver – I love his simple style of cooking and his recipes are always tasty.
What must-have is always in your fridge? Chocolate – we always have a little stash hidden away in the fridge!
Ice cream or sorbet? (Flavour preference?)lemon sorbet.
Barbeque must-have? Marinated chicken kebab – although I would always cook it in the oven a bit first, as I’m too afraid of undercooking it.
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