insideKENT Magazine insideKENT October 2018 Issue 79 - Page 128

FOOD+DRINK New Kid on the Block: MARCO PIERRE WHITE STEAKHOUSE BAR & GRILL, FOLKESTONE WHENEVER A NEW RESTAURANT POPS UP IN FOLKESTONE, MY MIND GOES THROUGH THE SAME PROCESS: WOO, FOLKESTONE! THIS WILL BE GREAT FOR THE TOWN…I MEAN, MY BELLY. DO THEY HAVE A NICE DRINKS MENU? SOMETHING CHOCOLATE FOR DESSERT? I MEAN, YES, THIS WILL BE A GREAT ADDITION TO THE FOLKESTONE DINING SCENE (AND MY BELLY). by Donna Martin I’m a bit selfish when it comes to food – it might be my very favourite thing in the whole wide world (apolgies to my children). So when a new eatery opens its doors close to home, I have a hard time not thinking of myself and what it will do for my tastebuds. the 8oz grilled centre cut fillet, and when I first stuck my fork into that glorious hunk of melt-in-my-mouth meat, I knew it would be the highlight. You just know, don’t you? When you can almost cut a fillet with your fork, it’s write-home-about material. When I got word that there would be a new steakhouse on the block – and not just any steakhouse, but an MPW Steakhouse – I was chomping at the bit to get in there and sink my fork into what was on offer. I ate as slowly as I could manage, savouring every bite, almost ignoring my sides of French beans with toasted almonds, and crispy triple cooked chips (which were fabulous by the way, just trumped by my steak). Unassuming from the outside, the MPW Steakhouse is tucked inside the Clifton Hotel across from The Leas, and has a contemporary, minimalistic interior with clean white tablecloths, dark navy walls and simple decorations. Nothing overly fancy – the steaks are the focal point here. We visited on a Thursday evening, and it was packed, which is usually a good sign (especially on a weeknight). There was a nice buzz about it – friendly staff, friendlier diners – an all around a good vibe. Now, back to the subject at hand: steak. The steaks at MPW are spectacular. Although our starters of baked Camembert with fresh herbs, and seared sea scallops with black pudding were delicious, our steaks were the stars of the show. I went all out and ordered 128 My fellow diner opted for the 10oz grilled 35-day aged ribeye, and what can I say? Exactly what you think I’m going to say: it was perfect – exactly what you’d hope for in a steakhouse ribeye – gorgeous marbling, flavourful and tender. The sides of creamed cabbage and pancetta, and baked macaroni cheese (yum), were just the right companions. If you’re not a steak lover, don’t fret; there are plenty of options that will tickle your fancy, like the poached pear and Alex James’ Blue Monday salad with endive, walnut vinaigrette and extra virgin olive oil; or the confit duck leg à la Parisienne with Béarnaise sauce, pommes frites, salade verte and truffle dressing. The menu is exclusively curated by Marco himself, so you know you’re in for a treat. The British and French influences are immediately apparent, and right on form, Marco mixes the two beautifully. As the MPW website says: “Marco’s ethos is all about classic dishes, simply cooked using the best locally sourced ingredients.” In this case, classic, simple and local = a damn fine meal. Thankfully, this new addition to the local dining scene is not only a great thing for Folkestone, but I can firmly say it met the expectations of my selfish appetite for good food. And yes, they do have a nice drinks menu and something chocolate for dessert. I will definitely be back. Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill The Clifton Hotel 1-6 Clifton Gardens Folkestone CT20 2EB 01303 251107 mpw_folkestone marcosfolkestone mpw_folkestone