12 restaurants in Rochester
Restaurants in Rochester:
186 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1EY [Map]
British, Modern British
154 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1ER [Map]
French, Modern European
186A High Street, Rochester, ME1 1EY [Map]
Large parties are always made most welcome, whilst there is also a private function room available. It is worth noting that every Thursday and Friday night you can enjoy their special Malaysian food evenings, with an extensive menu to choose from, an opportunity for you to experience an exciting variety of new tastes and flavours as they celebrate the diversity of their Asian food culture.
86 Borstal Street, Borstal, Rochester, ME1 3JS [Map]
21-23 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1LN [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
Medway Valley Leisure Park, Chariot Way, Rochester, ME2 2SS [Map]
Frankie and Benny's combine classic American and Italian in both style and cuisine. They specialise in home style cooking 'just like Mamma used to make it'. This is a great place to take the entire family and represents excellent value for money. The restaurant and bar is suitable for any occasion, whether it's a leisurely lunch, a family meal or a fantastic evening with friends - they make sure you have a wonderful time.
Walking into the restaurant is like stepping back into 1950s New York, from the clatter and chatter of the open kitchen to the bottle lined bar. Walls with black and white family photographs showing life in Brooklyn's 'Little Italy' surround cosy booth seating and tables. Combined with the classic music of the fifties, a mix of American swing and beat, they definitely provide a fun and friendly atmosphere for all to enjoy.
Frankie and Benny's offers starters, main courses and delicious desserts, and favourites include char-grilled burgers, pizzas, pastas, steaks and house specialities such as chicken parmigiana, BBQ ribs, lamb shank and much more. The bar serves a wide range of beers, wines, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks.
Start with sticky wings, crispy coated chicken strips, tiger prawn skewer or Frankie's fried calamari and if you are dining in a group choose the giant sampler platter. The pastas, calzone and pizzas are all made freshly on order. An interesting dish on the menu is a the Boston 7 speciality pizza fully loaded with slices of pork meatballs, spicy pepperoni, ham, crispy bacon, chicken, peppers and red onion, served on a BBQ sauce base. They also serve a variety of sandwiches and burgers throughout the day.
For children up to the age of eleven, an all-inclusive menu features a selection of main courses, desserts and drinks starting at £3.95. As an added treat, they'll also receive an activity pack to entertain them whilst you eat.
Enjoy an American Italian meal at Frankie and Benny's with freshly prepared food and warm hospitality that makes you feel right at home.
4 High Street, Rochester, ME1 1PT [Map]
A restaurant need not have beautiful gardens, a large car park or fancy dining areas to qualify as appealing or inviting. What it requires is flavour-filled food and an affable, welcoming ambience, and Zucca, provides just that.
Other than creating perfect risotto, owner and Chef Ricordano Squilloni loves to give his food a touch of creativity, even though traditional Italian cooking is his forte. His Roman upbringing is reflected in dishes like mussels in black pepper sauce and veal escallops. Mains vary from rack of lamb in acacia honey and brandy, to oven-baked sea bass fillets with fresh spinach and mushrooms. Pizza and calzone are available as lighter options.
An all-Italian wine list with names such as Cantine San Silvestro and Cantine Carpineto has choices to meet most tastes. When you reach the end of a meal, Ricordano recommends trying homemade soft ice cream and chocolate soufflé. The restaurant caters for up to forty people at a time.
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