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We aim to provide the finest British and Mediterranean cuisine. Your head chef and proprietor Darren Bennet has created a menu featuring down-to-earth traditional food, skilfully and individually
prepared, which draws on the past while also offering the new and novel in what has been designed to be stimulating yet restful, unhurried surroundings. It is hoped you will agree the restaurant's
fresh look at traditional, wholesome food has culminated in the creation of exciting dishes with the quality and ingenuity of the past and the style and elegance diners have come to expect in the
The Magic Mushroom is a restaurant that serves contemporary European food in Billericay, Essex. From what I had heard, it has a reputation for providing decent food at reasonable prices and several of my family members had been several times before. So naturally I was eager to try it out for myself for the first time. Soft shell crab.If soft shell crab is on the menu, then I am almost certain to order it - and this is exactly what I did. Presented with a wedge of lemon, mixed salad leaves and tartare sauce, this was the perfect start to a meal. The crab was crispy yet soft and moist - and I wouldn't have minded having another.Steak.I opted for a rare steak for my mains. I had no complaints about the steak - it certainly was rare when I cut into it and the meat was soft and tender enough.I was really looking forward to my dessert - the bavarois, or 'Bavarian cream'. This was because - quite frankly - I had no idea what it was and I quite like trying new foods. It's a like a thickened cream - much thicker than meets the eye. Served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, strawberries and sauce, it was a fresh yet very filling dessert. I definitely didn't need more food afterwards.Bavarois - standard edition.And best of all, the kind +Magic Mushroom Restaurant staff made a special birthday edition for our table, as we were out celebrating a birthday that night. It came complete with edible chocolate balloons and writing - lovely!Bavarois - birthday edition.I had a decent evening at Magic Mushroom and would go back again. The restaurant was packed even on a week night (always a good sign) so it is probably a good idea to call ahead if you decide to go.
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