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The Ambrette at Margate
The Ambrette at Margate

The Ambrette at Margate Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://theambrette.co.uk
  • Phone: 0184 323 1504
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Tuesday to Sunday: 11.30am to last orders 2.30pm
    Dinner Tuesday to Thursday: 6.00pm to last orders 9.30pm
    Dinner Friday to Sunday: 5.30pm to last orders 10.00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Indian
  • Executive Chef: Dev Biswal
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Car Park
A word from The Ambrette at Margate
The Ambrette is a multi-award winning restaurant in Kent. The restaurant is the creation of Chef Dev Biswal. It prides itself on high quality of service and unique, exotic ingredients. It is a magical blend of innovation, style and tradition. It has achieved numerous awards and recognitions from The Michelin Guide,The Good Food Guide, SqaureMeal, Top table, Kent County Council and other well known restaurant guides. Executive chef Dev Biswal uses rare and exotic ingredients with subtle flavours and spices and a unique style of presentation to create a culinary art form.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Value
Diner Reviews
  • "THe overall look of Ambrette is not in it's favour as It looks rather like an old fashioned boarding house. Having said that, I could eat there every day and not get tired of the food. THe cooking is delicate and utterly delicious."
    dined on 19/08/2014
  • "Lovely Indian food, well presented and very flavoursome."
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "This is the second time that we have eaten here, and again we found the food unusual, and delicious. The taste of the exotic ingredients (for example cinnamon in the lamb pie, rose petal in the crème brulee) made us feel we were somewhere a long way away from the UK. We were brought "amuse-bouches" to begin with, and a small cup of lentil soup between courses. The staff could not have been more charming. We were a foursome of pensioners, and we were delighted to find that we fill in a form for a privilege card and enjoy a pensioners' rate for the three course meal."
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable evening at The Ambrette. The soft shell crab was outstanding, the service attentive without being intrusive and the atmosphere relaxing. I'd definitely recommend it if you are in the area."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "Eating at the Ambrette is a wonderful experience that you cannot wait to repeat. The food is God here and it shows. The service is impeccable and you always leave with a smile on your face."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "Brilliant experience yet again - this time party of four. A treat for my sister and niece - they were 'blown away' with the whole experience. My 17 year old niece tried wood pigeon and then mutton for the first time and loved it. Her 'special' moment was the trio of desserts [we had 2]!! all gorgeous."
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "The lunch menu at the Ambrette provides a superb range of choices at a great price. Service is impeccable and the food prepared to perfection. It is very pleasing that, despite expansion, the standard of cooking remains consistently high."
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "One of the best Indian restaurants (with a twist) that I have been too. Lots of lovely touches such as the complementary hot canapes and the palate refresher. The restaurant really lived up the good reviews I had read. So many tempting dishes on the menu it was hard to choose. I had a trio of desserts which was excellent, especially the Rose Brulee and the Cheese Board looked really tempting too. We will definitely come again when we are next in Margate or perhaps one of your other restaurants. Wonderful knowledgeable staff."
    dined on 02/08/2014
  • "We had a great experience at the Ambrette, excellent service, interesting and innovative food, and very reasonably priced."
    dined on 02/08/2014
  • "I came here for my birthday lunch and it was wonderful- the flavours were intense, the food imaginative and I can't stop thinking about the white chocolate samosas, an original and special place- can't wait to go back"
    dined on 02/08/2014
  • "The short menu - 6 starters,7 mains- sent mixed messages - 'contemporary Indian' but majoring on local - ' Kentish goats cheese'. 'Kentish mutton'; 'Kentish pork';'Kentish venison loin' - all accompanied by weird mixtures of ingredients/sauces. Impossible to guess what a dish would taste like, this was fusion gone mad.Service friendly but amateur; a waiter told us the 'Fresh fish from the day's catch' was gurnard. Another told us it wasn't gurnard but a foreign catfish called, I think, Cerasse.I asked that waiter what the vegetarian thali consisted of. He didn't know.The food itself was nothing special; the mixtures didn't work well. The 'freebies' between course added little. Overpriced at £99 for 3 starters, 4 mains, 1 side and 3 beers."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "The reviews for this restaurant are impressive and I have to say we were not disappointed. The service and food are outstanding. The menu is creative and innovative and we really had difficulty choosing. The staff are very friendly, helpful and attentive. I would definitely recommend The Ambrette and my only regret is that we don't live closer so that we could visit more often."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "This was our first time eating at the Ambrette and we were truley impressed from the moment we walked in. The service was excellent and the food is amazing! We had the Wood Pigeon to start, I had the Duck for main and my boyfriend had the Venizon. We also loved the complimentary tasters in between each course. One of the best restaurants we've been to and we will definitely be returning! :)"
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "We came to Margate specifically to eat at the Ambrette - having eaten at the Rye restaurant last year. We had lunch one day and evening dinner the following day. It did not disappoint. The food is simply superb - beautifully cooked and presented and flavoured with subtle Indian spices. We love Indian food but this is not an Indian restaurant. Anyone who enjoys quality food, sensibly priced will enjoy the Ambrette. The lunch menu is particularly good value if you have a 60+ Privilege (Seniors) card. The service is friendly and efficient and you get delightful palate refreshers between each course. We are already planning our trip to Dev's new Canterbury restaurant!"
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "We brought friends who had never been before - and they were blown away for all the reasons which get repeated in nearly every review."
    dined on 24/07/2014
  • "Wonderful meal, as always. Got a table by the window, which I had requested. One of the party was celebrating her birthday and at the end of the meal, a staff member brought a lovely little birthday 'treat', complete with candle which absolutely thrilled the birthday lady. It was presented on a beautifully decorated plate. Our waitress was lovely and helpful, as was our lovely wine waiter."
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "excellent value lunch menu with good choice of courses and generous portions"
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "I have eaten at the Ambrette several times and each time the quality has never varied. The staff are always friendly and informative and the food a voyage of discovery. Delicate flavours mingle with subtle spices to make each meal a pleasure. I wouldn't hestitate to recommend it, even to those who are not lovers of curry or spiced food."
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "Having taken our guest to the Ambrette once, she requested a return the following Sunday and we were happy to oblige. Not disappointed. Fantastic food, attentive service which was completely unobtrusive and very good value for money. Well recommended."
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "The food was absolutely delicious, Indian with a modern twist, and we really appreciated all the complimentary titbits. Staff very friendly and attentive too. A lovely surprise!"
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "The Ambrette looks very unassuming from the outside and nothing special on the inside which might mean it's overlooked. This really is a shame because this restaurant is a little gem, and was the highlight of our 3 days in Margate. The service was outstanding - attentive but not over the top. Matt and his colleague were fantastic. The food was wonderful. Nice little touches - a very tasty amuse-bouche, and a great fruity granita - loved the popping candy! All three courses were amazing but the trio of desserts was heaven on a plate! We ate on a Thursday night - the restaurant wasn't full and it deserved to be - we were totally impressed. Will definitely be back next time we are in Margate to try the tasting menu."
    dined on 17/07/2014
  • "We have eaten at the Ambrette in Rye before. When we wanted to take our daughter and her partner for lunch on Sunday, we were very keen to try the Ambrette in Margate near to where she lives. The standard of the food in Margate is every bit as good as Rye, and we were very pleased with the interesting venue, the pleasant and efficient service and the amazing food. My Kentish mutton was so good I did not want the meal to finish! The tastes and spices were expertly cooked, and the portion sizes just right, so that a three course meal left us satisfied but not overstuffed."
    dined on 13/07/2014
  • "The food never disappoints here. Always delicious and tantalizing flavours."
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "Having experienced dining at this stylish restaurant in winter and summer it was a pleasure to note that the menu reflects the season and the location by using fresh, locally sourced products. Highly recommended on the current menu are the mutton and duck main dishes and the okra side dish is delicious. Do not go here expecting chicken tikka masala or vindaloo, the spicing is subtle and skillful."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "Our meal at the Ambrette was outstanding both in taste and in presenation. Excellent service and a nice calm atmosphere. I have never had such interesting Indian food and wouldnt hesitate to recommend it."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "There's no finer modern Indian food being served anywhere in the country. The kitchen and front of house teams really know their stuff. I'm not sure how they do it for the price"
    dined on 29/06/2014
  • "first visit - will definitely be returning food amazing [tried the soft shell crab for the 1st time WOW] the trio of desserts were amazing we were made to feel very special by the attentiveness of the staff sorry for using amazing more than once but it was amazing"
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "The food was very different from that expected at an Indian restaurant and much more creative and interesting. Every moutful was a medley of different and interesting flavours and there was some lovely additions in between courses. The actual menu seems at first glance to be limited, but in reality there are dishes available for each course that should ensure that most diners will find something to appeal to them, The service was superbly attentive but not in any way intrusive. I went with my wife and it is true to say that one of the main reasons for us going to Margate was this restaurant."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "The Ambrette never fails to impress and this time we were delighted with the combination of flavours in all the food. The service was impeccable."
    dined on 23/06/2014
  • "Another great meal at The Ambrette. Highlights were the 'pre-starter', the dosai starter and the also amazing. chocolate samosas. (Husband said his creme brulee was a bit more set than last time and therefore not so good, but that was a minor detail.) Presentation top class. Service was superb, especially with regards to checking about alternatives for our nut-allergic son. Presents from the chef mean no long pauses between courses, but two of us found the spicy veg soup too hot and not very palate-cleansing. Didn't matter as our mains soon arrived and were great."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "Amazing Indian food not like normal English Indian. A Michelin star experience for a quarter of the price. Totally recommend it."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "Wonderful food and excellent service. I loved the grilled mutton and my wife talked about her amazing dessert for two days afterwards!"
    dined on 20/06/2014
  • "Slightly disappointed on this my second visit, having raved about the place last time. Went with a party of 7 for my birthday and was rather disappointed in the place this time. Portions were smaller, but the same price. Waiters/waitresses seemed less knowledgeable about the dishes, uncertain maybe. The atmosphere seemed different, know where near as nice as last time, 6 months ago. Would I recommend and rave about it this time, probably not. Will I go there again, maybe, but not by my choice!"
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "We had a great experience at the Amaretto . The menu was extremely interesting and made choosing quite difficult! When the starters were brought out everyone at the table was really impressed by the presentation and quality of what they ate. The Mains didn't disappoint either the presentation and technique were superb, seems like all the meat we ate was from the sous vide as it was perfectly cooked and had retained all its moisture. Also we were given a lot of small tasters in between the courses which was a lovely touch. We finished with a beautiful selection of desserts and then left very happy with a bill of £150 for food and a couple 0f drinks for 4 people which for what we got was great value. Would definitely go back."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "I usually eat at Ambrette at lunchtime, as the privilege card makes it possible for me to enjoy the utterly amazing food on offer. I can only do evening meals as as special treat! That said, what a great afternoon we had, wandering around Margate, seeing Mondrian at Turner contemporary, watching the world from a deckchair, and then strolling up to Ambrette to be enchanted by the flavours, and unusual combinations of local foods. Heartily recommended!"
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "This restaurant is going from strength to strength. Their latest spring time luncheon menu is absolutely delicious and such good value for menu especially if you have a seniors' privilege card. Definitely my favourite restaurant."
    dined on 04/06/2014
  • "Cold food , small portions. Totally over rated. Big disappointment "
    dined on 01/06/2014
  • "Went with my friend and his son for dinner to celebrate my 50th birthday. I had the wood pigeon for a starter, which was a bit tough but still tasted great. For the main I had the sea bream which was perfect and a decent size. The dessert was a lemon posset with blood orange caviar which was a delight (especially the posset). We were also served little extras like nettle soup, mango and lychee juice, and a stunning granita with popping candy. The prices were about the same as I paid in a run of the mill tex/mex chain restaurant the week before."
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "The place is quite small but this makes for a good ambience. There are only a few parking spaces at the front which were full, so it was a case of searching around to find somewhere to leave the car. We walked in to a warm greeting, seated at our table and recieved good service all evening. We were brought a taster, a soup dish and palet cleanser throughout the meal, nice idea but nettle soup wasn't my favourite. Starter of pigeon had loads of flavours that didn't go together and just left a nasty anecede flavour. Ordered duck and venison for main - nice ideas with both dishes but over complicated flavours again. Too many flavours on the plate and neither dish worked at all. Cooked okay though. It is quirky, but it isn't fine dining."
    dined on 29/05/2014
  • "Wonderful food - interesting and tasty. Modern Indian with Kent inflections! Very attentive service. Decor is tired but that doesn't really matter"
    dined on 24/05/2014