When it's time for you look for local businesses to help you with your wedding, take a look at our advertisements below. Most will have links to their own websites. These advertisements are updated regularly so please revisit often and mention An Essex Wedding when making any enquiries.
TV chef Stephen Gomes has been head-hunted to lead a large new Mediterranean and Asian fusion restaurant and shisha lounge in Brentwood, Essex.
With three discrete dining areas each with its own menu, the restaurant, which will cater for up to 400 customers, has been transformed with an investment of almost £1million by restaurateurs Sharif Uddin and Shakil Islam. The restaurant was designed by Seesaw Studios in Hackney. Located on the Ongar Road, Dusk lies in the Essex countryside adjacent to Bentley Golf Club, and is set in over two over two acres of its own landscaped grounds.
Dusk's Executive Chef Stephen Gomes, has won numerous awards, including 2 AA Rosettes for Moksh in Cardiff, noted for its exquisite tasting, molecular gastronomy with spectacular displays using smoke and dry ice. Leading a talented team of 18 chefs, Stephen has created an eclectic menu, fusing the best of Mediterranean and Asian cuisines.
"We are delighted to have captured the talents of a top international chef like Stephen," said Dusk co-owner Sharif Uddin. "It wasn't easy. We didn't interview him, he interrogated us, before agreeing to take on the project." Sourcing the finest produce from local farmers, butchers and fish mongers, Gomes has designed a menu which requires a second reading to appreciate fully. The 'Fish and Chips' is in fact John Dory in a premium batter, with rose infused ketchup, grape tartar sauce chips and a peas mouse.
Another signature fish dish is Black Cod, pan-fried and served on a bed of cherry tomatoes and garlic, topped with rhubarb aioli, infused with CO2 essence, served with steamed rice. A unique Turf and Surf, pairs lamb shank with lobster. There is also a DUSK Till Dawn dish, featuring a prime marble 3-5 wagyu ribeye steak, with a stilton cheese sauce, quail's egg, roasted potatoes, sautéed pakchoi and C02 tomato gazpacho.
For vegans, there is a Tofu Shashlik with almond milk roux, served with rice and chips - and special versions of the Momo, Ratatouille, Hakka Noodles, American Chop Suey, and on Sundays, a Toad in the Hole.
No alcohol is sold on the premises, but customers may bring their own. There is no corkage charged - representing a considerable saving for connoisseurs of fine wines and premium spirits. The bar stocks the largest range of alcohol-free drinks in the UK and serves a vast array of mocktails, still and sparkling wines, and beers.
The extensive shisha menu features Savacco, Sarbuzz and Al Fakher flavours, priced from £25. The premium Shapes Shisha costs £130, with a £15 premium for the ice upgrade. Inside Dusk there is space for around 130 diners to sit in the main restaurant, with an occasional pianist and an open kitchen barbeque area.
For weddings and private functions, there is a separate banqueting room overlooking the golf course, which can cater for parties of more than hundred diners. With parking for over 500 cars, a short distance from junction on the M25 (J28) and served by a fast train service from London's Liverpool Street Station, "The intention is to make DUSK a truly unique destination restaurant, with a choice of fine or casual dining and shisha," said Shakil Islam. Outside, there is another 150 seats in the alfresco dining area in pergola with detachable roof where people can smoke flavoured shisha and eat from the street food menu.
Check out www.duskbrentwood.co.uk
Unlike a national magazine, An Essex Wedding is packed with area specific features, venues in your area, inspirational real weddings and regular features on bridal fashion, beauty, photography, cars, stationery, flowers, cakes, music, entertainment, catering, hair & beauty, etc.
So when you decide to look for local suppliers, wedding retailers and service providers, our magazines can really help you plan your wedding.
We also have regular exciting competitions and giveaways, expert question & answer pages and lots more. Quite simply, all the information you will ever need to get married in your area.
We have 19 wedding titles covering counties and regions throughout most of England and Wales.
An Essex Wedding is available to purchase as a high quality printed magazine or, if you prefer, as an eMagazine.
Titles covering other areas are available here