Mimosa in Colchester celebrating after winning Restaurant of the Year at the Essex Life Fine Food and Drink Awards

Mimosa, Colchester. Ash Nia, owner and managing director of the Elysium group, and Annamaria Sabau, restaurant manager...

Mimosa, Colchester. Ash Nia, owner and managing director of the Elysium group, and Annamaria Sabau, restaurant manager, with the Restaurant of the Year Award, which they won at the Essex Life Fine Food and Drink Awards. - Credit: Archant

The team at Mimosa in Colchester are celebrating after being named Restaurant of the Year at the Essex Life Fine Food and Drink Awards.

Mimosa, Colchester.

Mimosa, Colchester. - Credit: Archant

The restaurant was nominated for the category by a customer, and the judges then attended an anonymous review dinner.

After being shortlisted with two other restaurants, Mimosa was announced as the winner at an awards ceremony at the start of this month.

“We are just really pleased that our customers and the judges recognised us for the quality of the food and for our service,” said Shirin Nia, business development manager of the Elysium Group, which runs the restaurant.

Mimosa is rather inconspicuously located on Colchester Business Park on the outskirts of the town.

“People were surprised when the owner took it on,” said Shirin. “But the owner had a vision for this place.”

Step inside the sleek restaurant, and you’ll find a deli and patisserie, bar, plenty of seating for diners, a private dining room as well as outside space.

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“Despite the location, we have worked it to our advantage,” Shirin added. “We have a couple of different sections, the main restaurant and the deli area at the front.”

In the deli area, quick breakfasts, lunches and cakes, are available, which are popular with workers from surrounding businesses.

While Shirin said at the weekend it has become a “destination venue”.

“People will make that journey out of town,” she explained.

The restaurant serves modern British cuisine, such as ‘posh’ fish and chips – chilli and coriander battered seabass fillets, triple cooked chips, mushy peas, tartare sauce and wedge of fresh lime.

Current desserts include ‘toffee apple’ – green apple mousse with caramel centre, toffee jelly, cinnamon streusel and confit apples.

Mimosa seems to have become all things to all people – with breakfasts on offer from 7.30am on weekdays, the deli and patisserie opening on weekday lunchtimes for sandwiches, salads and pastries and the evening menu available daily from 4pm.

Plus there’s afternoon tea, Sunday roasts and live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night.

Such is the restaurant’s success that the Elysium Group, which owns the business, opened a second Mimosa in Chelsea a few months ago.

With a second restaurant of the same name, and an award in the bag, Mimosa and the Elysium Group are going from strength to strength.

“There’s more to come from us,” Shirin concluded. Click here or call 01206 751555 for more details.

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