Judi and I went to Rocksalt with a couple of friends and we decided to break our 'snacks only for lunch' rule and give the place a chance. That was a very good decision.
We had heard mixed reviews from friends who had been there before us but they can only have been hallucinating: Rocksalt is superb in all aspects. The building itself is ultra modern and yet it sits comfortably on the old harbour giving wonderful views over the small boats and the bay beyond. (it might be less appealing at low tide?). The welcome was warm and genuine. We arrived early so started up in the bar (there is a lift for old wheezers like me). There we found a good choice of affordable wines, an eclectic offering of beers (mainly bottled) and a tempting snack menu. We didn't snack but it's an option for those who want to 'size the place up', I guess. I rather liked the sign for the 'poop deck' it suits my childish sense of humour. (It's the loos of course).
In due course we went downstairs and were ushered to a window table by a very personable (old geezers language for pretty) young lady who made us feel very welcome and at ease. The wine list and menus arrived. There are some very good wines (rather above my price range) but also some good ones like the Primitivo and the Sauvignon that we ordered. Three menus: a la carte, table d'hote and specials all very tempting but some of the dishes seemed rather familiar. An example was the belly pork that I ordered. It was far from familiar! The meat was beautifully cooked and presented with a thin, easily tackled layer of crackling and a 'to die for' piece of caramelised apple mmmmmm! vegetebles were cooked to perfection, gratin potatoes were splendid. Other dishes chosen were Kentish lamb reported as exellent and a paella (amazingly good). We had avoided starters but had indulged in their appetisers quite enough for us and very good indeed! Puddings, like my baked Alaska, were also the right side of 'different' VERY good. We shall be returning in a couple of weeks.
The cost? £200 including 2 bottles of wine, dessert wines and service charge don't tell me that's expensive for an experience like that!
We duly returned for yet another amazing meal they're clearly consistently good. The tide was out and it didn't matter a bit.
You really should try it!
Stunning food, understandable high-end prices.
Fittingly posh insides.
£25 three course menu for Sunday lunch, all superb!
Rocksalt is housed in a very impressive modern building on Folkestone harbour, from inside you have floor to ceiling windows to show off the view of the harbour- a few million pounds have clearly been spent on this place..
The food: I had a version of dressed crab, an even mix of white and brown meat spiked with harissa and topped with the ubiquitous micro herbs, the dish worked really well, however a lot more toast was needed than was provided, but this was down to the extremely generous quantity of crab, so I really can't grumble. As a main course I opted for stir-fried whelks with crispy noodles, the whelks were good and fresh, with an agreeable degree of chew- not overly so- and they worked really well with the Asian flavours of garlic, chilli and coriander, my only gripe with the dish was the crispy noodles which I found tough and a challenge to eat rather than a pleasure.
Highlights of my companions dishes included excellent potted crayfish tails with well judged spicing (though, again, with a lack of enough toast), and a soused mackerel fillet.
Unfortunately salt and pepper squid was executed rather poorly, only the tentacles being served, which were the size of my fist- a squid that size will never be tender when deep-fried and whole roast plaice which was overcooked by a good 5 minutes.
Service is a problem here, which could be best described as scatty, the concesus seems to be- too many indians not enough chiefs.
In all Rocksalt is a welcome addition to the Kent dining scene and on a Tuesday night in September had around 70 diners, so they shouldn't have any problems re-paying the loans.. though a bit more precision in the kitchen and some authority out the front wouldn't go amiss.
This is a modern, fresh new restaurant in Folkestone set up by mark sergeant who used to work with Gordon Ramsay. The standard is very high for Folkestone and we had a very enjoyable meal there. Started with cocktails in the upstairs bar with views of the harbour starters were a little on the large side, hubby had the mackerel pate which would have done 2/3 people, we were shown the meat board for main and chose the rib of beef which was £40 for two but excellent quality and we couldn't fault it. Potatoes lyonnaise were too salty so we sent them back. Didn't have room for dessert would definitely go again
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