Food Review: CTZN, Chelmsford, Essex

We all know that there’s few things that make me happier than a good food and good cocktail combination.

I have to admit, when CTZN invited me in to taste their new menu, I was surprised. I had only ever been to CTZN for a night out and thought that it was a nightclub, and a nightclub only. Boy, was I wrong!

Last weekend, we headed down the road to Chelmsford to do some last minute holiday shopping and taste CTZN’s menu. I’d already checked out the cocktail menu so had made the decision that Liam would be driving and I would be drinking the cocktails…for review purposes only of course!

I started with a Pornstar Martini. Ever since my trip to Revolution in Southend this has been my favourite cocktail and I┬áhave one at every opportunity that I get. I wasn’t let down and the CTZN team made the perfect martini. Before I was even half way through this cocktail, the waitress gave me a Strawberry Daquiri…I knew this was going to be a good meal! I find that Strawberry Daquiri’s can be really hit and miss as I like mine sweet and some can be really sour. Fortunately for me, this was a sweet one and I decided to have a couple more afterwards as they were so good.


For starters, we both had the grilled halloumi. We are both total cheese fans so for us, it was a no-brainer. I was so pleased that it came with a salad as I love halloumi with tomatoes as they complement each other perfectly. The halloumi wasn’t greasy like it is in some restaurants and was perfectly cooked.

CTZN halloumi

Now onto the stars of the show, the mains. Usually, I am the fussiest eater and I was going to play it safe by ordering burger and chips. In the end, I convinced myself (and Liam) to go for something different for a change. I had the Chicken Shish and Liam went for Beyti kebab (I felt so adventurous!)

The Chicken Shish is marinated chicken breast grilled on a skewer over charcoal and served with rice and salad. Oh my goodness, I totally had nothing to be nervous or worried about – it was AMAZING. The chicken was perfectly cooked, the rice was fluffy and full of flavour and the salad was fresh and crispy, what more could you want? Instead of leaving the restaurant with the usual horrible full feeling from a heavy meal, I felt like I had eaten the perfect amount without having to unbutton my jeans and go for a nap!

CTZN Chicken Shish

The Beyti Kebab was the true winner though. Also served with rice and salad, the Beyti Kebab is slow cooked lamb wrapped in filo pastry and served with yogurt and special tomato sauce. I wasn’t feeling brave enough to order this but I am so glad that Liam did as I got to try some and it was a total game changer. I can’t really explain the flavour but it was on another level and I’m not even usually a fan of lamb.

ctzn beyti kebab

For dessert, we both went for the chocolate fudge cake with ice cream (of course). We both commented on the fact that it tasted amazing and rich but didn’t have the overwhelming sickly taste that most chocolate fudge cakes have.

ctzn chocolate fudge cake


*We were invited to enjoy this complimentary meal in exchange for a review.