We’d heard a lot already about Colchester’s glamourous newly opened restaurant and was eager to see what all the fuss was about. Immediately upon entering the venue it was clear to see why, the entire building has been transformed into a beautiful indoor garden, with blossom trees amongst the tables, lighting designed as clouds, and vast open, light areas. The design team has truly managed to bring the outdoors inside, but if you also wish to venture outside they boast two separate al fresco dining areas (even one by the river). At the huge marble bar we tried a couple of cocktails, and were very impressed, the Superstar Martini was particularly delicious, with Vodka, Passion fruit Liqueur, Passion fruit and Champagne.
There’s a few different choices on where to sit, as they have designed split levels near the back, cosy bunkets, large tables, intimate tables for two, and a couple of very large private dining areas, as well as a private balcony.
We sat down in the main seating area, under one of the trees, and was told by our waiter how the food comes out all at once, to eat, share, and enjoy. We both love sushi so decided to order California roll - Crab, cucumber, avocado, Tobiko, along with: 2 Lobster rolls with coriander, chilli and lime mayo, 2 bamboo skewers of Yakitori Chicken with sweet soy, Asian duck spring rolls with hoisin dip – these were both very thickly packed, with tender scrumptious duck, full of flavour and superb for dipping, the dip itself also had crushed nuts and coconut shavings which added to the pan Asian flavours.
The 2 bamboo skewers of Black tiger prawns with garlic, chilli and ginger were firm and tasted excellent, the dip complimented the seafood superbly. The Braised beef short rib infused with soy, ginger and fresh chillies was scrumptious and fell away from the fork, even writing this now again my mouth is starting to water. It was simply divine, and cooked exquisitely, full of flavour with a lovely sauce.
We thought after consuming so much that we only had enough space left to share a dessert, so we opted for the Pavilion Dessert Island, and had no idea how monumental this would be! It arrived after a little while, with the waiter explaining, “It takes some time to make”… and you could certainly see why, the dish was a piece of art and wouldn’t have looked out of place in a gallery with an exotic fresh fruit selection, mango, coconut & pistachio Ice-cream with sesame tuille biscuit, yuzu tart and matcha lava cake.
I would highly recommend visiting Pavilion and this is a young restaurant that is sure to do very well for many years to come.