Deal Pier Kitchen
This fab new eaterie at the end of Deal’s iconic pier is one of THE best spots to eat in town this summer. With a seaside view plus it’s dog-friendly.
A fab new eaterie has recently arrived at the end of Deal’s iconic pier and is, in our humble opinion, one of the best spots to head to for brunch in Kent. Plus, you are in a great part of Kent (especially if that sun is shining) to explore one of Kent’s new hot spots so why not make a day – or even a weekend – of it and head there yourself. Here is the lowdown if you do fancy jaunt to the seaside.
If you are going to play a game of Top Trumps in Kent with restaurants, Deal Pier Kitchen, or DPK as it is also known, is going to win hands-down on the Location category. Situated at the end of the pier, its unique location means that you are surrounded by the ocean and exceptional view of the town’s seafront. Even if the weather is not in your favour, it’s still a great place to while away the morning as you hunker down with some good food and drinks with the wind whistling around you.
DPK was launched in January this year and the emphasis is very much on providing fresh, organic, local and wholesome food with Brunch at the heart of its menu. The restaurant, although it has more of a café vibe, is open daily from 9am to 5pm and dogs are welcome (as well as kids), so you can expect a wide range of diners stopping by for food or just coffee and cake as the perfect pit-stop at the end of the pier.
Regardless of the gourmet experience that you can expect, you will also not be disappointed by the view from this RIBA award-winning structure. The interior lives up to expectation too with wooden slatted ceilings and stunning turquoise tiles all around you – even with plates to match.
SCOFF & QUAFF
DPK is known for their brunch and so we wanted to make sure that we sampled the best of what they had to offer. The menu is comprehensive with all the brunch staples there including the Egg Florentine/Benedict and Royale family and brunch dish of the moment, Smashed Avo and Eggs. But they also push the Brunch menu to include other quirkier items such as Shakshuka (a spicy Middle Eastern tomato stew with sweet peppers, beans, egg) as well as DPK Pancakes (no explanation required) plus vegans are catered for with the DPK Vegan Breakfast (mushrooms, hash brown, home-made baked beans, tomatoes and avocado) and you can make other dishes vegan friendly.
For something a little bit different, my dining partner opted for the Sweetcorn Fritters with slow-roasted tomatoes, smashed avocado, chilli and herb oil whilst I had the Sweet Potato Toast 3 ways – served with avocado and tomato, garlic mushrooms and roasted pepper and goats’ cheese. Both dishes ticked the perfect brunch box and were washed down with drinks from a local producer, Kingsdown – Cloudy Lemonade and Sparkling Elderflower.
If we had wanted to throw away the car keys and spend the rest of the day quaffing to our heart’s content, let me tell you there that there is a dedicated Brunch Booze menu with the usual Bloody Mary’s, Bellinis as well as Aperol Spritz and Espresso Martinis to wash all that food down. Sadly, it was not one of those days…
There is a lunch menu too should Brunch not be your thing with dishes such as Mussels with white wine, garlic or thyme or pimp it up with chilli, ginger, lemon grass and coconut milk plus good salads and sarnies. There is talk of adding to the lunch menu with more varied dishes so watch this space.
We finished the meal with a naughty but very nice slice of Lemon Polenta cake which was taken from the daily selection of fresh cakes and pastries.
OUT & ABOUT
Again, back to Top Trumps and Deal Pier Kitchen is going to score pretty highly in the Local Area to Mooch Around In category as the town has an abundance of good stuff going on in the area. Bring your bikes and/or scooters with the kids and head to DPK pre/post ride or ditch the family and head there with a friend for food followed by a stroll around Deal’s great selection of independent shops. Try out our Insider Guide to Deal if you need inspiration.
Deal Pier Kitchen is available for hire for private parties (capacity for 80 for dinner or 100 for standing) which would make for an incredible evening bash to celebrate a landmark birthday or just to celebrate anything – no excuse needed!
Make sure you follow Deal Pier Kitchen on social media to ensure that you are up to date with their impromptu sundowner evenings with antipasti plates to match their impressive drinks menu or their supper clubs with different themed food evenings to keep you coming back. There are also rumours of a new outside space being launched by the restaurant with ice-creams and coffees which makes that bike ride or walk there that little bit sweeter.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: many different occasions such as a girls’ brunch spot followed by a day on the beach or pottering around Deal; day out with the family or a quiet moment with your pooch post a walk in the area.
Not for: Hmmm. Hard to say who it is not good for as it is both kid and dog friendly plus the menu is varied enough to find something that would please most palates. The vibe is more café than restaurant so maybe it might not appeal to the white tablecloth crowd but I am clutching at straws here.
The damage: I would say reasonable prices for the food considering location and quality of produce. Sweet Potato Toast 3 Ways and the Sweetcorn Fritters both cost £7.50 and Eggs Benedict, Royal and Florentine all cost £8.50. Kids’ meals are £5 a pop – DPK beans on toast, Sausage Chips and Beans, DPK Kids Pancakes or Eggs on Toast – you get the drill.
Deal Pier Kitchen, Deal Pier, Beach St, Deal CT14 6HX, Tel: 01304 368228