TOWNSPOTLIGHT Spotlight on MARGATE cont. GEEK DINING OUT The Ambrette This is not your usual Indian cuisine – delicately spiced and contemporary, there are no curries on the menu. The motto at The Ambrette is fresh, sustainable and local, and the chef, Dev Biswal, sticks closely to his beliefs, offering a range of exceptional Indian food that you will probably never have tasted before. Examples of the modern food include tender breast of poussin marinated in fresh turmeric and cumin and served with chicken roulade, foraged salad, chicken and lemon raita and coriander chutney. Roost Restaurant At Roost the food is simple and it’s meant to be. There is nothing fancy here; no twists and turns, just exceptionally good food cooked well. It’s the perfect place to relax in an unfussy situation. Roost began as a chicken restaurant, but now serves a range of food including seaweed salt and pepper squid, the Vegan Buddha bowl, tempura soft shell crab burger and caramelised banana and pecan split. Buoy And Oyster A seafood restaurant in a coastal town has a lot of expectation to live up to, and the Buoy and Oyster does it confidently. With fresh ingredients and a cosy cocktail lounge, this is an intimate spot that serves delicious food. 82 Examples include black water wild oysters, whiskey and treacle cured trout, monkfish cheek roll and traditional fish and chips. Mullins Brasserie Once upon a time, the building that houses Mullins Brasseries was a butcher’s shop. It was transformed into one of Margate’s best loved and most popular restaurants, a warm and inviting place to eat. A mix of European and Caribbean cuisine, the menu is full of gorgeous delicacies such as rustic Bajan fishcakes served with peppered mayonnaise and mixed salad; baked parmesan and herb-crusted fillet of mahi mahi served with sauté potatoes, bok choi and lemon thyme beurre blanc; and jerk king prawns, paw paw, mango and coconut salad drizzled with a coconut and lime vinaigrette. ANNUAL EVENTS Margate Soul Festival // July The summer time in Margate is always something special and with the Margate Soul Festival everything is pushed up a notch. Live acts, DJs and street parties form the South East’s biggest soul festival. Margate Carnival // August The Margate Carnival is one of the biggest and best attended events in the town’s social calendar. Marching bands, stunning floats, music, entertainment, street performers… It’s all free and it’s sure to be an unforgettable event. GEEK // Feb GEEK is a three-day festival of gaming at the home of entertainment, Dreamland Margate. Bringing people together to meet, make and play, the event focuses on multiplayer interactive games and encourages visitors to participate in all genres of gaming. Guests will discover all the creative magic that goes into the games and experience the festival throughout the unique Dreamland site. TOP SPOT As a place to learn more about Margate, there aren’t many better than Margate Museum. Discover how Margate came to be, where it is now, and – excitingly – where it is heading. There is a tiny entrance fee which goes towards the upkeep of the museum, and the experience is well worth the money. DID YOU KNOW? Margate was the first seaside resort to ever offer donkey rides way back in the 1800s. It soon caught on!