The Ambrette – Margate
Muddy says: Margate’s first ever Michelin recommendation in 2010, The Ambrette not only sits pretty with sea views over Margate sands but is also a foodie destination in town for traditional Indian dishes with an exciting and innovative twist
If you thought Margate was only the place to go to scratch a beach itch and take in the cultural scene thanks to the arrival of Turner Contemporary in 2011, then let us also enlighten you about another reason to visit this cool and quirky seaside town. A fabulous foodie scene also awaits you with The Ambrette as a prime example of the calibre of restaurant that you can expect when you get there.
The Ambrette was launched in Margate in February 2010 and since then, has garnered rightful recognition from all the major food guides and received Margate’s first ever Michelin recommendation in 2010. The Margate restaurant is nestled in the heart of the old town surrounded by cafes and retro antique shops. It boasts sea views over Margate sands and is located opposite the Turner Contemporary, so you are in the thick of it all.
Head chef and founder, Dev Biswal, has created a fresh and unique menu with his open-minded and artistic approach to cooking. You are going to find innovative and exciting dishes where Dev has combined traditional Indian dishes with influences from global cuisines, such as French and South East Asian. The result is a range of modern, subtly flavoured food that is sure to tickle your tastebuds, plus feel good in the fact that they use a lot of local ingredients. Foraged seaweed, game, and traditional lamb and chicken from suppliers, local to Margate, are just a few of the ingredients that go into their dishes to make them extra unique.
Not only is this place to go for fancy global-fused cuisine (tasting menu comes with a Muddy recommendation) but also a new take on the traditional English tea with an Indian inspired version, including tasty morsels such as cinnamon and sultana scones, cocktail samosa and Masala trio cheese bites, or a sandwich with a difference, including Mumbai masala potato and Chicken tikka as alternative fillings, plus some seriously good puddings. Saffron and cardamom cheese cake, anyone? Yum. Kiddie, vegan and gluten-free friendly options also readily available. Phew.
Like its sister restaurants in Canterbury and Rye, there are always fun reasons to keep coming back and the Bottomless Thali & Cocktails on selected Fridays in Margate gets our vote everytime. Diwali celebrations at Ambrette in Margate is also a popular time at the restaurant, and if you can’t wait for Diwali, then you could always host your own party, as they have capacity for up to 100 guests, with some very yummy set-menus to wow your friends and family.
And if you get really hooked on the food, do not fret as they can help you re-create the magic at home as Dev regularly hosts cookery masterclasses where you can spend a day discovering new flavours, textures and ingredients and more importantly, learn how to re-create some of your favourite Ambrette dishes if you are getting withdrawal symptoms…