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Mark Sargeant’s first solo venture since leaving the Gordon Ramsay stable looks set to be an outright winner. Sitting pretty on Folkestone’s harbour front, both the airy ground-floor dining room
& upstairs bar/terrace capture the phenomenal harbour & Channel views full on. Seafood is touted as the speciality, & its shines from the very start – perhaps dressed crab lifted by a
spot-on hit of harissa, or mussels cooked on the kitchen’s Josper grill. Mains diverge from the maritime theme with good-looking steaks, outstanding salt marsh lamb rump & Monkshill Park pork
belly, but most stick to the squeaky-fresh, perfectly cooked fish – say pan-fried Dover sole bathed in nut-brown butter or local mackerel with a punchy, pesto-style green sauce. It may not be
groundbreaking stuff, but the kitchen makes its point emphatically through a simple respect for top-drawer raw materials. Bread & desserts should be considered works in progress.
It was my wife’s birthday and the mother-in-law and I were trying think of somewhere nice to take her as a birthday treat. After searching around for somewhere open on a Monday night, we settled on Rocksalt. The wife and I have been meaning to try this restaurant for a long time, I’ve heard nothing but good things about it...
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