Restaurant of the month: Soiree, Buckhurst Hill

PUBLISHED: 16:11 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:11 08 May 2017

Bar long shot

Bar long shot

Firat Ayas

Delicious food and a great atmosphere is fast turning Soiree in Buckhurst Hill into a favourite

Restaurant wide shot Restaurant wide shot

Enter Soiree on Queen’s Road, and you are quickly fooled into thinking you’re in a restaurant of several years’ standing. From its stunning urban, rustic interior, friendly and attentive staff and accomplished Mediterranean cuisine, it has the appearance of an established local eatery.

But as the saying goes, appearances can be deceptive because upon my visit, I soon discover the restaurant has only been open two weeks – the paint really is barely dry. How has this illusion been so successfully achieved? Step forward George Kucuk, an affable chap in his early 30s who greets me with a firm handshake, before identifying himself as the driving force behind Soiree’s

recent launch.

Lamp close up Lamp close up

It comes as no surprise to discover that George isn’t new to the restaurant business, although admittedly, this is the first one he has done solo and completely from scratch. Not that he intended to open his own venture. “I came to look at this space (it was previously Nuovo Brasserie) mostly out of curiosity, but as soon as I walked in I knew I wanted it and I could make it work.”

A resident of Buckhurst Hill for more than two decades, George, who’s originally from Turkey, was confident that he knew just the sort of dining experience locals wanted. “People round here love to eat out, but they don’t always want to dress up to do so, and they don’t always want to leave the children at home. I wanted to create somewhere that had a lively and informal atmosphere, but where the décor, food and drink are all top notch.”

Bar close up Bar close up

But before he could do that, George had the builders and decorators in for four long months, first gutting the place and knocking down walls, before creating a fabulous bar and open plan dining area. Such care and attention has been given to the fixtures and fittings, the place combines the best of West Essex with the West End. “I’m glad you say that because that’s exactly what I wanted to achieve,” says George smiling broadly. “People don’t have to travel to London to enjoy great food and a great atmosphere, it’s here on their doorstep.”

And ever since Soiree opened its doors, business has been booming. “The weekend sittings are chock a block, which is amazing, considering up and until now we’ve done no advertising so people are coming purely through word of mouth. Weekdays and lunchtimes are building more slowly, but I’m confident we’ll get there. What we’re offering has such broad appeal, we’ve already hosted a 17th birthday and a 60th, and then there’s the families…” says George pointing to his own wife and children sat at a table by the window.

Food-wise, the grill features heavily on the menu, with the lamb shish, chicken kebab and grilled salmon proving particularly popular with the punters. “Everything is delivered that day and where possible is locally sourced, so the flavours and textures are second to none. We also have a stone oven for the pides (like a pizza but with Turkish flair) and our mini lahmacuns (thin dough topped with mince meat), our customers can’t get enough of these - they can’t pronounce them, but they love them,” laughs George.

Last but not least is the alcohol, with the restaurant boasting an excellent wine list and a cocktail menu that would put a speakeasy to shame. Factor in the booths that can house larger groups of 20 or more, then you can see how things could get very lively indeed. “Believe me, they already have,” says George with obvious delight. “The locals know me and they know George will always make it nice.”

Get in touch

Soiree

79 Queen’s Rd,

Buckhurst Hill IG9 5BW

020 8504 9498

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other West Essex Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by West Essex Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique West Essex Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Food & Drink

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Belgique Cafe and Patisserie offer fresh, simple and delicious continental-style menu, with the best quality ingredients. We are open daily for Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea.

Read more
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Fish and Chips has for a long time been a British staple, the go to meal for Friday nights after work complete with all of your favourite extras from mushy peas to curry sauce. Here are our favourite places to get some scrumptious battered cod and chips

Read more
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Welcome to the only traditional Tachinomi in Essex. Tachinomi bars in Japan are traditional standing bars

Read more
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Being healthy is always important particularly at the start of a New Year when people are looking to get fit after a period of over-indulgence. With that in mind here are 9 places you can go for some deliciously healthy treats

Read more
 
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter


Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook

Latest Competitions & Offers

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad subscription ad

Local Business Directory

West Essex's trusted business finder

Job Search in Manchester



Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search