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Onyx restaurant review, Southend-on-sea, Essex

The Onyx restaurant exterior southend on sea essex

The Onyx restaurant exterior southend on sea essex

I was very excited to try this restaurant in Southend, since the area needs another quality dining establishment, but alas I was very disappointed. We visited on a Sunday for their 3 course Sunday lunch, which is not always the best time to review a restaurant, since it is not an a la carte menu, but a Sunday roast is a simple thing to cook really.

Firstly, the lamb disappointed the most – it came out incinerated and dry, however, on request, the waiter arranged some less cooked meat to be carved for us. It was a shame that it took so long our vegetables were getting cold though. The meat was much better but still a little over as he couldn’t offer it pink as requested. It wasn’t tasty lamb either.

Secondly, the roast potatoes – on the menu it promised ‘goose fat roast potatoes’ but I couldn’t taste any goose fat and the way they were so pale with burnt, flimsy edges, it looked more like they had been grilled, and not roasted at all – no flavour of fat or roasting.

Thirdly, I like greens, but their wasn’t any – carrots (the best cooked and tasting thing on the plate), a type of mushy pea (I like them with fish and chips but not on a roast) and cauliflower (which was soggy) Very uninspiring.

Then onto the gravy, which was so salty, I couldn’t bear it.

For starters, the leek soup was also very, very salty to the point where neither of us could eat it, but the liver pate dish was a winner, and we finished it all. A lovely rich, smooth pate.

The desserts were also not up to much. We had the apricot tart, which came by itself (some cream or ice cream would have been nice, but I couldn’t be bothered to ask at this point) and it didn’t taste of much (or perhaps I couldn’t taste due to all the salt I had eaten, as my fabulous wine even lost its flavour towards the end) and the Tiramisu was also the same – bland, lacking in alcohol or real coffee flavour and we also didn’t finish it.

Overall, I have to say what I have said, because we felt horrible all the rest of the day, due to the massive amount of salt we had consumed and I felt really let down. 

The restaurant itself is smartly decorated, with booth areas for privacy, for a larger group, and well set out tables allowing plenty of room between them. The staff are friendly, but perhaps lacking in service skills, since we were not asked how our starter was, but 3 people asked how our main was, even though we had already swapped our meat over.  I can see plenty of good reviews on the internet, but I can only go on what I had there, so perhaps I have missed out!

Date of visit – February 2011

How many dined? 2

Average price per person for 3 course meal (excluding drinks) – High (£30+) unless having the 3 course Sunday lunch, which was ????? when we visited.

Service charge included? ????

Food – 4

Service – 5

Ambience – 7

Value for money – 4





52-54 Alexandra Street




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