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The Ambrette Named In The Cobra Good Curry Guide

According to the acclaimed digest of good Indian food, the Cobra Good Curry Guide, Margate's Ambretta is the best Indian restuarant in the South East. The irony is that the “Best in the South East” claims not to actually serve curry

“Of the UK’s 9,000 Indian restaurants in the UK, The Ambrette is one of the elite few - it is a fantastic achievement,” said Pat Chapman, Editor of the Cobra Good Curry Guide, who visited the Kent restaurant to present chef-patron Dev Biswal with the coveted award.

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So what does an award winning Indian restaurant serve if not curry? The first thing that needs to be said is that the Ambretta is a great supporter of quality local ingredients and traditional British food (Godmersham breast of wood pigeon, loin of Kentish pork and Gressingham duck) Anglo-Indian fusion as well as classic Indian cusines. A quick look at the Ambretta menu reveals highlights such as:

Starters

  • Crispy pooris - Eaten cold, pooris are a crisp potatoes and chickpea pastry complimented by tamarind chutney.
  • Seafood raita - Made from locally sourced fresh fish, sundried shrimps and home-made fish cake, much taken from the local Kent waters.
  • Veggie Thali - The pick of the Ambretta's vegetarian menu.

Mains

  • Beef Stew - Created with masala potatoes and coconut chutney.
  • Cauliflower and carrot upma - From Southern India presented with roast vegetables.
  • Gramflour and vegetable cake - Made in the Kashmiri style with mooli, lotus stems and of course potatoes.

Dessert

  • Chocolate samosas
  • Srikhand with passionfruit and pomegranate

Dev Biswal is keen to point out that the lack of diversity is our high street Indian restaurants is stifling the potential creativity of the new generation of Curry Chefs.

“Because we don’t serve curry or have any of the usual dishes like Chicken Tikka Masala or Lamb Korma on our menu, I never expected my cooking to be recognised by Pat’s curry bible,” said Dev, adding, “I have great respect for the Bangladeshi community, as the pioneers of Asian food in this country, producing undoubtedly tasty ‘curries’, but much of the Indian food served here is stuck in a 1940’s time bubble.”

The Ambretta is no stranger to awards and creditable mentions in dispatches including; Sunday Times 2012 Top 130 Restaurant List, Good Food Guide 2012, The AA Guide 2012 and The Culinary Guide 2011.

Opening Hours

The restaurant is open every day. lunch is available Tuesday through to Sunday from 11.30am to 2.30pm. Dinner, seven days a week, from 6pm Monday to Thursday and 5.30pm to 10pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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