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30/32 Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1SW. Tel: 01245 357799

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      22.12.2001 23:00
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      Bada is one of Chelmsford’s newest restaurants at around 2 years old now. Its one of those places which you would miss unless you live around the area as its situated away from the main part of town but its definitely worth a visit. ~~Design~~ Bada is easily the hippest place in Chelmsford to eat, or indeed anywhere in the surrounding area for that matter. With its walnut floors and ambient lighting you’d think you’d stepped into a chic London joint rather than just stumbled out of The Old Ship pub feeling a little peckish. Its all very minimalist in design and very modern, the walls etc. completely free of decoration but the positioning of lighting making it feel totally otherwise...its all very trendy. The atmosphere here is simply great, with soft music and carefully positioned lighting making you feel really chilled out... ~~Prices~~ ...which is a feeling which continues when you see the prices too which is perhaps the most surprising thing about the whole place. Despite its outward appearance Bada is actually very reasonably priced setting you back around the same amount as the average Indian or Chinese would for an evening...and the food is gorgeous too. If you went there and had a starter, main course, side dish, dessert and a couple of drinks then it would set you back around £30 a head...but there are fixed dishes designed as meal before you visit the theatre etc. (2 mins away) which are only £12-£15 so you can't grumble too much at that! ~~Food~~ You can get realy poncey here on a reasonable budget indulging yourself in a "confit of duck, mash, red onion jus" for lunch followed by a dessert of an "assiette of cheese, chutney and grilled walnut bread"...Lloyd Grossman eat your heart out!! Of course that lunch would set you back £13.00 but I did just select the most expensive things on the lunch menu! You can always just wander in and have a creme portugeuse for
      £3.95 of course...of course, I have no idea what any of those dishes are, but don’t they just sound wonderful?? lol Bada’s menu is constantly changing as they add new things all the time and take away the old dishes so there is no point going into too much detail about what you can find to eat there. I went a couple of months ago, can’t remember what I ate but I can tell you that a quick shuftie down the online menu tells me that they aren’t serving it any more. This kind of thing keeps Bada fresh and alive so you can never get bored with their menu, on the other hand, if you have a favourite dish there, don’t expect it to be on the menu next time you visit. If you’re interested in spending an evening/lunchtime there then the best thing to do is check out the online menu at : Lunch : http://www.bada.uk.com/menu1.html Dinner : http://www.bada.uk.com/menu2.html ~~Accessibility~~ In terms of accessibility, its pretty much the same as anywhere else in Chelmsford. Being at the West end of town its a little more accessible than most - about 2 minutes away from the bus station, train station and taxi ranks and if you are coming by car there is a multi-storey carpark hidden behind the train station(expensive!) or a couple of places where you can risk parking during the evening without getting caught -hey park in the grammar school if you are feeling really cheeky ;o). Its not exactly difficult to find being slap bang in the middle of Broomfield road in the old Natwest bank building for those old Chelmsfordians out there who remember this...or near The Ship pub for those who don’t. A map of the area can be found here : http://www.bada.uk.com/contact.html ~~Other bits and Pieces~~ Bada is quite popular place in town being as it is quite close to the nightclubs, theatre etc. so you are well advised to book in advance should you be interested in a meal there - its defin
      itely not recommended to turn up at the doors expecting a table. Its also not that big either so definitely worth boking in advance. Staff have always been friendly to me on the two occassions I have been there and better still they are not over-bearing like in some establishments either. The quality of food is excellent, there is a good selection of popular wines and generally its all very nice...but you’re advised not to turn up there looking grungy unless you want to get looked at like a s**t in a sandpit. ;o) ~~Overall~~ Bada is a very welcome addition to the culinary side of Chelmsford bringing a taste and feel of London’s fashionable sector to decidely unfashionable West Chelmsford. I rather like it, but my pocket doesn’t extend to it very often and given the choice I would always choose spicy over poncey anyway. ~~Contact Details~~ Address: 30/32 Broomfield Road Chelmsford Essex CM1 1SW Telephone: 01245 357799 Email: info@bada.uk.com ~~Website~~ Bada: http://www.bada.uk.com/ ~~Opening Times~~ Tues-Fri: 12:00 - 11:00 Saturday: 6:00 - 11:00


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