Sheesh in Chigwell won the award for the best fine dining restaurant in Britain at the British Kebab Awards

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Colin, Christine and Dylan Hunt with thier award at their family business Sheesh restaurant Colin, Christine and Dylan Hunt with thier award at their family business Sheesh restaurant

Whenever anyone mentions kebabs, the majority of people picture booze fuelled dining, cheap meat and a bad hangover.

But it may come as a surprise to know then that every Friday and Saturday night hundreds of people are battling just to get a seat in a Chigwell restaurant to sample the official Best Kebabs in Britain.

Dylan Hunt’s hard work paid off on Tuesday when it was announced that the Sheesh restaurant was voted as the best fine dining Turkish restaurant in Britain.

Colin Hunt, the manager, says that his son has put his heart and soul into his business.

He said: “He’s an East end boy and he’s showing the Turkish how to cook a proper kebab.

“He oversees everything in the kitchen, every plate, he doesn’t leave.

“We only use the best cuts of meat here and nothing is frozen it’s all cooked fresh.”

The popular celebrity hangout, hailed as Mark Wright and Alan Sugar’s favourite eatery, is worlds apart from normal Turkish restaurants.

With gold leaf decor, quirky carpets and open plan kitchen the glam venue even boasts a VIP suite which comes with its own butler and a minimum £1,000 spend.

In the High Road restaurant standards are everything, according to the manager, even the cutlery is gold plated.

Sheesh was first opened in Buckhurst Hill in 2008 but quickly outgrew the building.

Dylan Hunt began life working on a market stall with his father and is now the owner of Sheesh and the Kebub pub in West Bromich.

Colin Hunt believes that the business’ success is down to Dylan’s dedication and his drive to create a unique dining experience.

“You can’t just come here and have a drink it’s for diners only so people like that,” He said.

“Turkish food is very simple but we make sure that everything is different. The chips are triple cooked, the bread is all made fresh on site and we make sure that service is perfect.”

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3:05pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Dennis Briggs says...

And in doing so close a pub that even Dickens frequented for the dearest kebabs in the UK. No wonder Chigwell has no fabric!
And in doing so close a pub that even Dickens frequented for the dearest kebabs in the UK. No wonder Chigwell has no fabric! Dennis Briggs
  • Score: 18

4:54pm Fri 17 Jan 14

fed up man says...

The most expensive kebab in the uk!!! Cheaper kebab in kensington and hampstead!! Very good kebab not the best in uk!!!
The most expensive kebab in the uk!!! Cheaper kebab in kensington and hampstead!! Very good kebab not the best in uk!!! fed up man
  • Score: 7

10:58pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Upshirehorse says...

How a kebab can be described as 'fine dining' is beyond me and to transform a period property into this tacky restaurant is quite sad in some respect. The way the owner has presented himself for the photograph is rather too casual for my liking and he looks rather aggressive. I would not like to criticise a meal directly to him as I would be concerned about the response!
How a kebab can be described as 'fine dining' is beyond me and to transform a period property into this tacky restaurant is quite sad in some respect. The way the owner has presented himself for the photograph is rather too casual for my liking and he looks rather aggressive. I would not like to criticise a meal directly to him as I would be concerned about the response! Upshirehorse
  • Score: 9

12:18pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Dave mp says...

£1,000 spend in a VIP area? How many people does that area hold or are they selling very expensive drinks?
£1,000 spend in a VIP area? How many people does that area hold or are they selling very expensive drinks? Dave mp
  • Score: 6

5:52pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Johnny Boy says...

Perfect eatery for the pretentious vacuous patron !
Perfect eatery for the pretentious vacuous patron ! Johnny Boy
  • Score: 7

1:43pm Sun 19 Jan 14

cynicalsue says...

'.....he’s showing the Turkish how to cook a proper kebab.'
Unbelieveably patronising and a good reason NOT to eat there.
'.....he’s showing the Turkish how to cook a proper kebab.' Unbelieveably patronising and a good reason NOT to eat there. cynicalsue
  • Score: 6

3:16pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Upshirehorse says...

cynicalsue wrote:
'.....he’s showing the Turkish how to cook a proper kebab.'
Unbelieveably patronising and a good reason NOT to eat there.
Arrogance beyond belief, I bet a few of our Turkish resident could challenge him on this statement and from what I understand from friends who have been there, they have Turkish cooks anyhow. This place is hardly unique as there are numerous cropping up in the area and hundreds of them in North London.
[quote][p][bold]cynicalsue[/bold] wrote: '.....he’s showing the Turkish how to cook a proper kebab.' Unbelieveably patronising and a good reason NOT to eat there.[/p][/quote]Arrogance beyond belief, I bet a few of our Turkish resident could challenge him on this statement and from what I understand from friends who have been there, they have Turkish cooks anyhow. This place is hardly unique as there are numerous cropping up in the area and hundreds of them in North London. Upshirehorse
  • Score: 6

7:13pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Johnny Boy says...

Anyone for steroids. This area can be so entertaining !
Anyone for steroids. This area can be so entertaining ! Johnny Boy
  • Score: 1

10:29pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Kestral1410 says...

New one opening in Theydon Bois i hear!
New one opening in Theydon Bois i hear! Kestral1410
  • Score: -1

7:02pm Thu 23 Jan 14

jackblack007 says...

Dave mp wrote:
£1,000 spend in a VIP area? How many people does that area hold or are they selling very expensive drinks?
for 10 people , food drink etc, not unreasonable, know your facts first fool
[quote][p][bold]Dave mp[/bold] wrote: £1,000 spend in a VIP area? How many people does that area hold or are they selling very expensive drinks?[/p][/quote]for 10 people , food drink etc, not unreasonable, know your facts first fool jackblack007
  • Score: 0

9:10pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

jackblack007 wrote:
Dave mp wrote:
£1,000 spend in a VIP area? How many people does that area hold or are they selling very expensive drinks?
for 10 people , food drink etc, not unreasonable, know your facts first fool
No it is not reasonable it is a fortune, £100 per head? For what a kebab and some sugary cocktails in fancy glasses?
[quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dave mp[/bold] wrote: £1,000 spend in a VIP area? How many people does that area hold or are they selling very expensive drinks?[/p][/quote]for 10 people , food drink etc, not unreasonable, know your facts first fool[/p][/quote]No it is not reasonable it is a fortune, £100 per head? For what a kebab and some sugary cocktails in fancy glasses? Villagecranberry
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