Master chef Mark to open seafront venue

The new Bourgee restaurant on Eastern Esplanade

The new Bourgee restaurant on Eastern Esplanade

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A £1MILLION steak and lobster restaurant from a Michelinstarred chef will be bringing “affordable luxury” to Southend seafront.

Mark Baumann will open the first of his newBourgee steak and lobster restaurants, on Eastern Esplanade, on September 15, and has already offered diners a mouth-watering taste of what to expect on Twitter.

The tweet from @Bourgeeltd showed a picture of a bisque-like soup being poured over a deep red tail of lobster, seated on a bed of greens with the caption “Cheeky taster for you...Bourgee Bang Bang Lobster Soup coming to our beautiful Southend venue September.”

Southend Standard:

A taste of things to come: Bourgee Bang Bang Lobster Soup

Mr Baumann featured in ITV series Baumann Goes to Market and on UKTV’s Great Food Live.

Together with business partner James Welling, they picked Southend to open their flagship restaurant, because they consider it an up-andcoming town with a large amount of regeneration investment and is set for bright future.

They added: “We are thrilled to finally see our vision of the Bourgee concept launch in the UK and are confident our innovative menus, sumptuous and vibrant destinations coupled with our sensible pricing strategy, will strike a chord with diners across the country and prove that there is no reason why superb product, service and venues should not be available to everyone.”

The businessmen are opening another Bourgee restaurant in Billericay.

The newest addition to the seafront has been met with a positive response from its neighbours.

Sam Ali, assistant manager at MFA Bowl in the Kursaal, said: “It’s going to be good for business.

“It will bring more of a footfall, being a restaurant with a top chef, attracting more people who might want to make a night of it by going for a meal and bowling.

“It’s going to be better for everyone.”

Southend Standard:

Mark Baumann is selling his Michelin-starred brasserie in Coggeshall to focus on the restaurant

Matthew Chambers, manager at Kursaal Functions, was also enthusiastic.

He said: “We’re all for it and wish them success. It’s a brilliant idea.

“It’s nice to haveawell-known chef open up in Southend and I don’t think there’s even anything similar.”

Their praise was echoed by Paul Thompson, chairman of the Seafront Traders’ Association, who runs Pebbles One Cafe across the road.

He said: “Everyone’s quite excited about it opening.

“No one really specialises in steak and lobster in Southend and the place is starting to look really nice.

“It’s a big investment and fantastic for the town.”

Mr Baumann is selling his acclaimed Baumann’s Brasserie in Coggeshall in order to focus on the business.

The British master chef took over the business after the death of founder Peter Langan in 1988, only two years after it opened.

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6:59am Wed 27 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Ummm fantastic news, give that American diner up the road some serious competition, as the new favourite eatery, not forgetting those other established dining delights, just what the Doctor ordered...
Ummm fantastic news, give that American diner up the road some serious competition, as the new favourite eatery, not forgetting those other established dining delights, just what the Doctor ordered... sesibollox
  • Score: 27

7:22am Wed 27 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

Great to see the run down Minerva given a new lease of life, bringing a classier eating experience, good all round for all. Wishing the venue every success in in the future.
Great to see the run down Minerva given a new lease of life, bringing a classier eating experience, good all round for all. Wishing the venue every success in in the future. Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 31

7:56am Wed 27 Aug 14

VeteranOfMany says...

At last, somewhere specialising in both fish and meat dishes, somewhere to treat yourself and family. With the added bonus of being run by an established and respected Michelin starred chef.
Cannot wait to book a table, great news for the town.
At last, somewhere specialising in both fish and meat dishes, somewhere to treat yourself and family. With the added bonus of being run by an established and respected Michelin starred chef. Cannot wait to book a table, great news for the town. VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 26

8:45am Wed 27 Aug 14

Chris Flunk says...

That's odd, the "Michelin-starred brasserie in Coggeshall" doesn't seem to be listed as having a Michelin star in the 2014 guide. Maybe a page fell out of my copy.
That's odd, the "Michelin-starred brasserie in Coggeshall" doesn't seem to be listed as having a Michelin star in the 2014 guide. Maybe a page fell out of my copy. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 11

8:47am Wed 27 Aug 14

Calm Down, Calm Down says...

Fantastic news, I'm sure it will be a great success.
Fantastic news, I'm sure it will be a great success. Calm Down, Calm Down
  • Score: 12

8:53am Wed 27 Aug 14

dolly pp says...

it has some wonderful views out the windows! wrong place mate
it has some wonderful views out the windows! wrong place mate dolly pp
  • Score: -19

8:55am Wed 27 Aug 14

Leighdweller says...

I'm looking forward to this place opening and I hope it does well.

I'm not sure if I would want to go bowling before or after if I were eating there but some people might.
I'm looking forward to this place opening and I hope it does well. I'm not sure if I would want to go bowling before or after if I were eating there but some people might. Leighdweller
  • Score: 10

9:34am Wed 27 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

I hope you get a big plateful for that million quid....
I hope you get a big plateful for that million quid.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

9:51am Wed 27 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

Leighdweller wrote:
I'm looking forward to this place opening and I hope it does well.

I'm not sure if I would want to go bowling before or after if I were eating there but some people might.
Yes its not your average Ten pin bowlers eatery, so the footfall that the Bowling alley is expecting might not occur, that bang Bang soup looks top notch though.
[quote][p][bold]Leighdweller[/bold] wrote: I'm looking forward to this place opening and I hope it does well. I'm not sure if I would want to go bowling before or after if I were eating there but some people might.[/p][/quote]Yes its not your average Ten pin bowlers eatery, so the footfall that the Bowling alley is expecting might not occur, that bang Bang soup looks top notch though. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 8

10:30am Wed 27 Aug 14

shoess3 says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
Leighdweller wrote:
I'm looking forward to this place opening and I hope it does well.

I'm not sure if I would want to go bowling before or after if I were eating there but some people might.
Yes its not your average Ten pin bowlers eatery, so the footfall that the Bowling alley is expecting might not occur, that bang Bang soup looks top notch though.
Agree, although I do think there will be a more general shift of gravity towards this end of town. There are big plans for the vacant land where the car park sits, as well as the new Brewer's Fayre and Premier Inn currently being built.

With all the new places being opened up at the Victoria end of town, I do wonder if we'll end up with two clusters of restaurants / bars / cinemas etc. I'm not sure that's sustainable and think the council probably need to fully understand what the long term intention is.
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Leighdweller[/bold] wrote: I'm looking forward to this place opening and I hope it does well. I'm not sure if I would want to go bowling before or after if I were eating there but some people might.[/p][/quote]Yes its not your average Ten pin bowlers eatery, so the footfall that the Bowling alley is expecting might not occur, that bang Bang soup looks top notch though.[/p][/quote]Agree, although I do think there will be a more general shift of gravity towards this end of town. There are big plans for the vacant land where the car park sits, as well as the new Brewer's Fayre and Premier Inn currently being built. With all the new places being opened up at the Victoria end of town, I do wonder if we'll end up with two clusters of restaurants / bars / cinemas etc. I'm not sure that's sustainable and think the council probably need to fully understand what the long term intention is. shoess3
  • Score: 6

12:11pm Wed 27 Aug 14

the citizen says...

"A £1MILLION steak and lobster restaurant...." that is one expensive steak :-) Good to see new ventures opening up in the town...every success to Mark. Not convinced about the potential of the eating/bowling combination. A tad optimistic from the Kursaal manager. If I am eating out somewhere this smart with my wife and friends I will not be found bowling or playing the gaming machines before or afterwards.
"A £1MILLION steak and lobster restaurant...." that is one expensive steak :-) Good to see new ventures opening up in the town...every success to Mark. Not convinced about the potential of the eating/bowling combination. A tad optimistic from the Kursaal manager. If I am eating out somewhere this smart with my wife and friends I will not be found bowling or playing the gaming machines before or afterwards. the citizen
  • Score: 15

12:18pm Wed 27 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

I hope they dont just drop a live lobster into the pot, like I saw in Bangkok last June, I swear it was singing, as it sank to the bottom...
I hope they dont just drop a live lobster into the pot, like I saw in Bangkok last June, I swear it was singing, as it sank to the bottom... sesibollox
  • Score: -1

12:25pm Wed 27 Aug 14

ddf35 says...

i hope they keep things realistic too and not too poncy. good food is good food and can be kept simple and not go over the top - so looking forward to seeing how this goes.

still not been to that american diner - it always looks closed when i go past?!
i hope they keep things realistic too and not too poncy. good food is good food and can be kept simple and not go over the top - so looking forward to seeing how this goes. still not been to that american diner - it always looks closed when i go past?! ddf35
  • Score: 10

4:29pm Wed 27 Aug 14

SARFENDMAN says...

Good luck to them but not sure about location choice for this type of restaurant.
Good luck to them but not sure about location choice for this type of restaurant. SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 6

4:55pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Audioman says...

O no not yet another smelly dump,what with smell
of fish & chips beer best stay at home.
O no not yet another smelly dump,what with smell of fish & chips beer best stay at home. Audioman
  • Score: -34

5:02pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Calm Down, Calm Down says...

here we go, the sad people starting to make negative comments. Are you never happy?
here we go, the sad people starting to make negative comments. Are you never happy? Calm Down, Calm Down
  • Score: 9

6:20pm Wed 27 Aug 14

grippie says...

ddf35 wrote:
i hope they keep things realistic too and not too poncy. good food is good food and can be kept simple and not go over the top - so looking forward to seeing how this goes.

still not been to that american diner - it always looks closed when i go past?!
Beg to differ
It's always looks open when I go past?
[quote][p][bold]ddf35[/bold] wrote: i hope they keep things realistic too and not too poncy. good food is good food and can be kept simple and not go over the top - so looking forward to seeing how this goes. still not been to that american diner - it always looks closed when i go past?![/p][/quote]Beg to differ It's always looks open when I go past? grippie
  • Score: 2

6:26pm Wed 27 Aug 14

grippie says...

VeteranOfMany wrote:
At last, somewhere specialising in both fish and meat dishes, somewhere to treat yourself and family. With the added bonus of being run by an established and respected Michelin starred chef.
Cannot wait to book a table, great news for the town.
Surf & Turf yummy
[quote][p][bold]VeteranOfMany[/bold] wrote: At last, somewhere specialising in both fish and meat dishes, somewhere to treat yourself and family. With the added bonus of being run by an established and respected Michelin starred chef. Cannot wait to book a table, great news for the town.[/p][/quote]Surf & Turf yummy grippie
  • Score: 0

7:01pm Wed 27 Aug 14

LeighNorton says...

Leading chef Gordon Ramsey explains exactly how to kill live lobsters and how it makes him feel. "You always feel better after killing something. I do... stab the head off a lobster. You feel all the better for it... God knows how many I've killed... plunge them into boiling court bouillon, and their tails flip up and they scream and you can hear their claws scraping on the sides, and I got great pleasure out of that." (The Independent Magazine, 12th October 2003).
Leading chef Gordon Ramsey explains exactly how to kill live lobsters and how it makes him feel. "You always feel better after killing something. I do... stab the head off a lobster. You feel all the better for it... God knows how many I've killed... plunge them into boiling court bouillon, and their tails flip up and they scream and you can hear their claws scraping on the sides, and I got great pleasure out of that." (The Independent Magazine, 12th October 2003). LeighNorton
  • Score: 0

7:12pm Wed 27 Aug 14

the25man says...

I wonder if they get a good deal from Sea Life Centre.
This will be the seventh eatery in this section of the front.
I wonder if they get a good deal from Sea Life Centre. This will be the seventh eatery in this section of the front. the25man
  • Score: 3

7:57pm Wed 27 Aug 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Looks like a lot of money for nouveau cusine load of nothing.
Looks like a lot of money for nouveau cusine load of nothing. CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: -9

8:25am Thu 28 Aug 14

live in westcliff says...

It's fantastic that this restaurant is opening, hopefully gradually the seafront will have more places to eat that aren't just fish and chips etc which will extend the amount of time spent on the seafront by either visitor or residents .

I presume that the owner knows more of the plans for the area than we do as at the moment it is an odd/bold choice of location to set up such a smart restaurant.

I wonder when we will see the plans for the dizzyland/seaway car park site.

Brave venture but I am pleased that people are having faith in investing in Southend. All we need now is the High Street to be hugely improved. Are any of the plans for the 'Brighton Style Lanes' on the Alexandra Road and Clarence Road car parks still in the pipeline?
It's fantastic that this restaurant is opening, hopefully gradually the seafront will have more places to eat that aren't just fish and chips etc which will extend the amount of time spent on the seafront by either visitor or residents . I presume that the owner knows more of the plans for the area than we do as at the moment it is an odd/bold choice of location to set up such a smart restaurant. I wonder when we will see the plans for the dizzyland/seaway car park site. Brave venture but I am pleased that people are having faith in investing in Southend. All we need now is the High Street to be hugely improved. Are any of the plans for the 'Brighton Style Lanes' on the Alexandra Road and Clarence Road car parks still in the pipeline? live in westcliff
  • Score: 4

8:55am Thu 28 Aug 14

thecoat says...

Goodluck to the guy, I hope this does a great trade.
Goodluck to the guy, I hope this does a great trade. thecoat
  • Score: 4

10:11am Thu 28 Aug 14

Chris Flunk says...

CHRISTMAS CAROL wrote:
Looks like a lot of money for nouveau cusine load of nothing.
Nouveau cusine? I think you mean Nouvelle cuisine. If you are going to try to use French terms, please make an effort to get it right otherwise you end up sounding like Del Boy Trotter.
[quote][p][bold]CHRISTMAS CAROL[/bold] wrote: Looks like a lot of money for nouveau cusine load of nothing.[/p][/quote]Nouveau cusine? I think you mean Nouvelle cuisine. If you are going to try to use French terms, please make an effort to get it right otherwise you end up sounding like Del Boy Trotter. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 5

2:12pm Thu 28 Aug 14

shoess3 says...

live in westcliff wrote:
It's fantastic that this restaurant is opening, hopefully gradually the seafront will have more places to eat that aren't just fish and chips etc which will extend the amount of time spent on the seafront by either visitor or residents .

I presume that the owner knows more of the plans for the area than we do as at the moment it is an odd/bold choice of location to set up such a smart restaurant.

I wonder when we will see the plans for the dizzyland/seaway car park site.

Brave venture but I am pleased that people are having faith in investing in Southend. All we need now is the High Street to be hugely improved. Are any of the plans for the 'Brighton Style Lanes' on the Alexandra Road and Clarence Road car parks still in the pipeline?
At last, someone with some optimism and vision! Rare commodity around these parts it seems.
[quote][p][bold]live in westcliff[/bold] wrote: It's fantastic that this restaurant is opening, hopefully gradually the seafront will have more places to eat that aren't just fish and chips etc which will extend the amount of time spent on the seafront by either visitor or residents . I presume that the owner knows more of the plans for the area than we do as at the moment it is an odd/bold choice of location to set up such a smart restaurant. I wonder when we will see the plans for the dizzyland/seaway car park site. Brave venture but I am pleased that people are having faith in investing in Southend. All we need now is the High Street to be hugely improved. Are any of the plans for the 'Brighton Style Lanes' on the Alexandra Road and Clarence Road car parks still in the pipeline?[/p][/quote]At last, someone with some optimism and vision! Rare commodity around these parts it seems. shoess3
  • Score: 6

3:19pm Thu 28 Aug 14

CrippsCorner says...

I'd love to see this working, but I just think the location is too poor for this kind of restaurant. Still, it's very close to me so good luck indeed!
I'd love to see this working, but I just think the location is too poor for this kind of restaurant. Still, it's very close to me so good luck indeed! CrippsCorner
  • Score: 2

6:06pm Thu 28 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

CrippsCorner wrote:
I'd love to see this working, but I just think the location is too poor for this kind of restaurant. Still, it's very close to me so good luck indeed!
Like many a dung heap near the Kursaal, amazing how a few wonderful blossoms bloom...
[quote][p][bold]CrippsCorner[/bold] wrote: I'd love to see this working, but I just think the location is too poor for this kind of restaurant. Still, it's very close to me so good luck indeed![/p][/quote]Like many a dung heap near the Kursaal, amazing how a few wonderful blossoms bloom... sesibollox
  • Score: -1

9:24am Fri 29 Aug 14

IslandPilot says...

Boling LIVE lobster is cruel. Animals we eat should be respected, just put us in their shoes, would we want to be bolied ALIVE ?? Also does the human race need lobsters to survive ?? Plus do we need this in Southend ?? Will it attract tourists for our community. Too TOWIE sorry guys.
Boling LIVE lobster is cruel. Animals we eat should be respected, just put us in their shoes, would we want to be bolied ALIVE ?? Also does the human race need lobsters to survive ?? Plus do we need this in Southend ?? Will it attract tourists for our community. Too TOWIE sorry guys. IslandPilot
  • Score: 2

10:42pm Fri 29 Aug 14

LoopyLou88 says...

not somewhere i'll be eating thats for sure.
not somewhere i'll be eating thats for sure. LoopyLou88
  • Score: -1

9:24pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Idontknowy says...

Well I won't be paying a million pound for a turf and surf
(Even if I had it)
Well I won't be paying a million pound for a turf and surf (Even if I had it) Idontknowy
  • Score: 0

4:14pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Eutraveller says...

At last, southend area is full of very poor restaurants, we who want better certainly deserve something like this, no comparison in this region at present.
At last, southend area is full of very poor restaurants, we who want better certainly deserve something like this, no comparison in this region at present. Eutraveller
  • Score: 0

4:20pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Eutraveller says...

Stay upmarket, do not go affordable, we already have too much of this.
Stay upmarket, do not go affordable, we already have too much of this. Eutraveller
  • Score: 2

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