Since launching in 2009, Restaurant 54’s reputation for producing delectable, freshly cooked meals has reached beyond Kentish boundaries. High-quality cuisine, service and exceptional attention to detail have rendered this establishment a firm favourite in Broadstairs and beyond.
Despite its smart look, the restaurant boasts a relaxed ambience, and waves of laughter can be heard throughout the dining room. Using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, head chef and owner Joe Silk is constantly tinkering with the menu, which changes on a regular basis without losing sight of customer favourites. Expect modern twists on classic dishes – the cauliflower and Cheddar chowder with cauliflower beignet and Parmesan straws is a divine starter, as is the warm salad of smoked pigeon with caramelised pancetta, red chard and sautéed pine kernels. For mains, the pan-fried cannon of lamb served alongside lamb shoulder fritters and minted jus is heavenly. The assiette of pork is a must – the crackling is amazing.
The tempting bill of fare is accompanied by an extensive wine list, which offers both quality and value. Those with a sweet-tooth will be delighted with the dessert selection, which includes tiramisu baked Alaska drizzled in hot chocolate sauce to share. Alternatively, why not try the liquorice panna cotta in a sesame tuile basket, paired with lemon sherbet sauce. Joe, Marion and their team are clearly passionate about offering great food and friendly service. Restaurant 54’s philosophy is about providing an overall experience – and they certainly deliver.