Developing a menu featuring gold, frankincense and myrrh is just about as close to the spirit of Christmas as you could possibly imagine.
So full marks to The Ambrette in Canterbury, which has released its latest festive feast packed full of culinary surprises that are perfect for a winter’s evening.
Having gained Michelin listed status, the venue has set its bar high in delivering a quality dining experience within a very traditionally Kentish setting.
Award-winning Chef Dev Biswal has instilled its Christmas party menu with more than a little magic through blending local and more exotic flavours that make this 8-course extravaganza something to really savour.
The meal begins with a spiced mulled wine scented with Myrrh, leading on to equally intriguing 23-carat edible gold-coated samosa as an amuse bouche.
Such a quirky and luxurious start certainly sets the stage in fine style, with its third section consisting of a colourful cocktail of jumbo Indian Ocean tiger prawns marinated in rosemary and frankincense. There’s also a vegetarian option for the whole menu, which has been delivered with a similarly high level of care and attention to detail.
Following this is a dainty portion of Christmas vegetable soup, leading to its impressive centrepiece fifth course of a ballotine of free range turkey that has somewhat unusually been marinated in Christmas tree pine needles – which works surprisingly well. This dish comes with a selection of seasonal vegetables and roast potatoes.
Moving on to its dessert section, there is an added touch of class with a Champagne Granita served with popping candy. This proves a perfect platform for its most dramatic dish in the form of a seasonal platter of mince pies and Madagascan vanilla ice cream served with dry ice that creates a stunning, swirling winter fog effect.
If you have any appetite left at all after all of this, then there’s an optional edible Christmas card made out of gluten free potatoes, which frankly looks far too good to be eaten. A truly magical meal.
The Ambrette Christmas party meal is £24.99 (£29.99 with Christmas card) and must be pre booked.
The Ambrette, 14-15 Beer Cart Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2NY, 01227 200777, or The Ambrette Margate, 44 King Street, Margate Old Town, CT9 1QE, 01843 231504.