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Strada restaurant review, Lakeside, Thurrock, Essex

Pollo alla Milanese at Strada Lakeside Essex

Pollo alla Milanese at Strada Lakeside Essex

This has to be one of the best chain restaurants in my eyes, yet it doesn’t seem like a chain when dining there due to its relaxed atmosphere, lovely furnishing and interior and the staff who, although very professional, do not seem to follow a chain restaurant style fixed service.

The menu also appears individual with a varied mix of pizza, pasta, risotto, stew and a la carte meat and fish dishes.

I have been a few times now and have tried the pizza and pasta, but one of my favourites is the seafood risotto – light and beautifully flavoured so that you can still taste all the individual flavours of the various seafood (prawns, mussels, clams and squid). The chicken in breadcrumbs is so flavoursome, it was a great surprise and the fish stew is rich with tomato, herbs, prawns, squid, mussels, clams and red mullet. Tasty, yet probably pretty healthy too!

All the staff that served us were Italian. I am not sure if that is the case in all the Strada restaurants, but it really added to the Italian theme, and they were more than helpful. I asked to try some wine, and they offered me samples with a smile. Talking of which, the wine list is very varied, offering many Italian wines I have never had before. Every wine we have tried has been fabulous yet reasonably priced and most are available by the glass which is great, as one doesn’t want a bottle when shopping!

Date of visit – various during 2010 and 2011

How many dined? 2

Average price per person for 3 course meal (excluding drinks) – moderate (£20 to £30)

Service charge included? no

Food – 7

Service – 8

Ambience – 8

Value for money – 8

Address: The Boardwalk,

Lakeside Shopping Centre,

Thurrock, Essex

RM20 2ZP

T: 01708 890 038

F: 01708 890 059

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