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For a city the size of Canterbury there should probably be more restaurants pushing to break into the top level of the UK’s culinary excellence.
Not everybody can be awarded a Michelin star, but having the ambition to reach the higher echelons is important and stops things from stagnating.
One of those on the cusp of achieving something special is Deeson’s British Restaurant.
The buzz about this place is obvious, a substantial website showing potential customers the “Deeson’s British way” is the first port of call for me before an evening meal on a Monday night. Locally sourced was the key phrase here.
The restaurant was already full when we arrived, and with the punter’s natter and busy waiting staff nipping around, the place has an impressive atmosphere.
From minute one to our exit much later on that evening, myself and my friend the chef were catered for but not smothered, and our every need was adhered to with out any brown nosing. The service was superb and kicked off by convincing us to go local with our drinks, the Curious Brew from Kent’s Chapel Down quenched our thirst.
To start, I went for the lightly battered home grown courgette flower stuffed with white and brown crab mousse served with a cherry tomato, shallot and herb dressing at £7. The citrusy dressing was addictive, the crab mousse was light and a perfect appetiser while the batter was crispy but not greasy. It was an interesting dish featuring the courgette flower, and something really different. My friend went for the fish platter of smoked salmon mousse, white crab mayonnaise, breaded monkfish cheek, tiger prawns and whitebait at £9. A cheeky dip into the crab mayo and a assuring nod meant that the dish was also well received and well priced giving the ingredients on show.
For the main course I opted for the roast free range breast of chicken stuffed with smoked garlic sausage served with buttered cabbage a potato pancake and a wild mushroom sauce at £16. The chicken breast was very succulent and not dry. The stuffing of smoked garlic sausage was a little disappointing as “stuffed” indicates that the sausage meat would be inside the breast and not under it and more substantial than a flat coin sized disk of meat. The sauce however was delicious and completed the dish perfectly.
My friend went for the slow cooked belly of Brogdale’s fruit fed pork served with bubble and squeak, a slow, cooked pig’s cheek and pease pudding at £16.50. He was pleased with his meal but pointed out that the tough cheek was perhaps a little over cooked and couldn’t quite be finished. “Perhaps a little too much going on with both the pork belly and the pig’s cheek on the same dish” he said. But still very good.
The atmosphere continued to crackle into the late evening as our desserts arrived.
I had the melt in the middle chocolate pudding served with candied hazelnuts and dark cherry ice cream at £7, while the chef went for vanilla set cream served with fresh raspberries and raspberry ripple ice cream at £7.
A lot of work went into the presentation of both dishes, but both had ice cream as a key part of the ingredients. The £7 mark was too high for these desserts. Yes, you do get what you pay for in restaurants these days but the extra couple of pounds on the top made the meal go from good value to a little expensive at £78 for two.
The variety on show was impressive, and the ambition is a very good trait and without doubt, Deeson’s is definitely going places.