11 restaurants in Ramsgate
Restaurants in Ramsgate:
Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LS [Map]
The opening of Harveys in June 2009 was the realization of a dream for the husband-and-wife team of Richard and Sherry Martin, whose "Kent Inns of Distinction" group acquired and re-developed the previously derelict site. Overlooking England's only Royal harbor, the venue commands fantastic views of the marina and across the English Channel. The former pub has re-invented itself as a modern, light and airy restaurant arranged over two individually styled floors. Harveys has recently been awarded the prestigious AA Rosette for its food and wine.
Poached duck egg, dry cured bacon, hollandaise sauce, and rope grown mussels, garlic, and dry white wine and cream reduction can present unique flavours to the palate. Aged rook's herd fillet of beef, grill garnish béarnaise sauce, and hand cut chips, and roast darne of Ramsgate cod are some of the signature dishes that feature on the eclectic menu. Before you polish off your plate ask for pistachio soufflé or dark chocolate fondant pudding.
52 Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LW [Map]
Pizza Express remains a hugely popular bedrock of casual eating. Its popularity is testimony to the fact that across the country, they have restaurants where you will always be guaranteed a good nosh, with children's tastes being well catered for.
Pizza Express has gone even more Roman, and following the success of that particular example of listening to their public have introduced Romana pizzas, including the scorching Etna and the hearty Siciliana.
These pizzas are now thinner, bigger and crispier, and if that sounds like a marketing line, it is. However, unlike many such lines, this one is true, and their quality is always consistent, though cleverly they have still managed to retain a homemade feel to their pizzas.
As an alternative to pizza, try their pollo pesto - cavatappi pasta with torn chicken breast, mushrooms, red onions and mozzarella in a creamy gruyere, parmesan and pesto sauce and finished with grana padano - or the niçoise salad with mixed leaves, yellowfin tuna, free range egg, green beans, potatoes and tomatoes with olives, anchovies, capers and house dressing.
Many of the big chains have come a long way, and Pizza Express is certainly amongst them. One of the first to be quoted on the Stock Exchange - in 1993 - Pizza Express is not a franchise operation and retains tight control through its own staff.
Their wine list - though short - contains some surprisingly good offerings, especially their intense Australian Chardonnay, and a big, full-bodied Merlot from Cusumano, Sicilia.
Pizza & Pasta
Charlotte Court, Ramsgate, CT11 8HE [Map]
Situated in Ramsgate, on the beautiful east coast of Kent, Age and Sons allows you to experience great British cooking in a special part of England. The restaurant serves seasonal food, fine wines and cocktails in a charming Victorian warehouse set within a beautiful secluded courtyard just a minute from the sea.
The café menu lists delights such as smoked mackerel pate and toast with pickled cucumber and ham, bubble and squeak with mustard sauce. Cup cakes and brownies are also at hand to accompany your choice of teas and coffee. In the main offerings you can expect to find squid with samphire, lentils and tomato, kiwi and chili salsa and roast Dexter rump steak with sautéed potatoes and horseradish. The dessert options include Rose Gray's chocolate nemesis with hibiscus salt and crème fraîche and date cake with toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream.
4 Westcliffe Arcade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LH [Map]
The evening menu is revealed in à la carte form on the blackboard, so expect to find a game quartet with saddle of rabbit, pheasant, partridge and pigeon, or pan-fried chicken livers on black pudding and raspberry dressing. Fish is not overlooked with fillet of wild sea bass and roasted cod steak Provençal with garlic, tomatoes and sage, while the peppered duck breast on sautéed Swede and Madeira sauce takes its rightful place among quality meat dishes.
Mid week specials could include a French onion soup, escargots Provençal or baked petit camembert followed by salmon en croûte or beef bourguignon. The well-constructed drinks list features wines mostly available by the bottle, including champagne.
French, International, Modern British
30 Harbour Street, Ramsgate, CT11 8HA [Map]
This is just the sort of restaurant that a resort like Ramsgate needs. Named after the hometown of chef and owner, Miss Damrong, who has a cooking pedigree that would be the envy of most in her profession, and includes cooking for the Thai Royal Family, Surin offers a wonderful blend of three of the most delightful cuisines in the world.
The menu carries a mouth watering range of dishes, which in other places might be a cause for concern rather than rejoicing, yet here one knows that all dishes are freshly prepared, for which time should be allowed, so try not to spoil the experience by being in a hurry!
32 King Street, Ramsgate, CT11 8NT [Map]
English, Seafood, Takeaway / Carryout
70 Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LP [Map]
Overlooking the picturesque Royal Harbour and Yacht Marina, Alexandra Ristorante Italiano, serves authentic Italian cuisine of a high order to its guests. The restaurant provides a cosy but smart atmosphere and an al fresco dining option which can be enjoyed during the summer. The kitchen sources fresh ingredients ensuring that visitors get traditional pizzas, pastas and salads at their best.
If you are the adventurous type then order the piri piri pizza topped with tomato sauce, pieces, mozzarella flordilatte, marinated slices of pp chicken breast, Rosquito hot sweet chilli peppers, chopped red onions and black olives. Cold sliced beef dressed with virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice and parmesan reggiano flakes makes a modest dish before moving on to the main event consisting of mussels in garlic, tomatoes, wine, herbs and a touch of chilli. Two scoops of gelato on a bed of fruit salad, topped with whipped cream and roasted almond flakes could provide the perfect end to a happy meal.
Italian, Mediterranean, Pizza & Pasta
60 Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LN [Map]
Italians are known for their passion for good food, and this restaurant works hard to bring the ultimate dining experience all the way from Italy to the beautiful seaside town of Ramsgate. Here you can enjoy stunningly panoramic views of the harbour while sampling authentic dishes. Portobello has a modern stylish feel which appeals to professionals and families.
Warm Italian cured meat and mozzarella cheese skewers and deep fried calamari in garlic mayonnaise sauce could provide the perfect start to your meal. To follow, try pan fried chicken with Sicilian lemon and thyme upon sauteed potatoes and seasonal vegetables and pork escalopes in a delicate Pinot grigio wine sauce. Top up the spread with desserts such as tiramisu and profiteroles in a rich, velvety chocolate sauce.
Italian, Pizza & Pasta
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