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Dining out at Bourgee, Chelmsford

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:00 21 November 2016

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Most of us are looking forward to catching up with friends and colleagues attending at least one Christmas party this month. Bourgee has recently opened its second splendid restaurant in Essex and both branches are offering a three course Christmas party menu in a decadent setting.

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The most recent Bourgee to open is in Chelmsford, in the High Chelmer Shopping Centre (opposite Turtle Bay).

Plenty of sumptuous style and gold glitz puts you instantly in the party mood. The wine list offers an interesting selection of wines, Champagnes and spirits including Bourgee’s own label Sauvignon Blanc from France. The restaurant boasts ‘a taste of London’ and ‘affordable luxury’ and offers predominantly steak and lobster, although there are other options available on the a la carte menu including burgers, spicy chicken and a wild mushroom risotto.

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The steaks and lobster selections are brought to your table to view when you arrive. There’s an enormous Tomahawk steak for sharing, sirloin, rump and fillet offered simply with a choice of flavoured butters, and two sizes of lobster. You can also opt just to have half a lobster. The service is top notch but friendly too and we were invited to try the lobster and cheese filled profiteroles as an appetiser. These were absolutely inspired.

Starters were baked camembert with honey roast walnuts and garlic toasties and a tempura soft shell crab with a mojito mayonnaise – it was so refreshing to see such an innovative menu. We went on to choose fillet steak with garlic butter and a half Bourgee lobster with cheese, shallots and woodland mushroom sauce. We also chose sides of a tomato and red onion salad for my dining partner and roasted asparagus for me.

The menu offers palate cleansers – raspberry and vodka or lemon and lime sorbet – between courses too. Wanting to still savour the memories of our divine dishes, neither of us had need for them, or indeed a dessert. However, the Mars bar cheesecake with a raspberry sauce or the strawberries and cream tea might just tempt us to a return visit to this or the sister restaurant in Southend.

Useful to Know

The total bill came to £103 for two courses for two people with drinks and coffee. This is an independent review, featuring a restaurant selected and experienced by our food and wine editor. The restaurant was not told it was being reviewed.

Table Talk

Table Talk with diner Sophie Stone and her friends.

Where do you live and what do you do? I live in Chelmsford and I’m a photographer for my family business.

What did you choose from the menu? Duck parcels to start, then fillet steak.

Why were you at Bourgee? It was one of my best friend’s birthdays and we thought it would be somewhere new to go.

Describe your dining experience: Everything on the menu is like a treat that you crave. It’s all very indulgent and that includes the furnishings. It’s the best steak restaurant in Chelmsford.

How would you rate the value for money? I think it’s city prices, but it is more upmarket. With exceptionally good service and lovely food, I think it’s a great price.

Worth visiting again? Yes, definitely.

What was the best part of your visit? The décor and the friendly service, and, as we were celebrating, we were all given free palate cleansers. Plus the food is fabulous!

Book a table

Bourgee

4-5 Exchange Way

Chelmsford

CM1 1XB

01245 377 008

www.bourgeerestaurants.com

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