I see top food critic Jay Rayner has given Eddie Gilbert's on Ramsgate's 'King Street the thumbs up in today's Observer! His review is peppered (geddit?!!?!) with approbria such as 'impressive', 'expertly fried fish' and 'Oh my'.
Unfortunately, though, he doesn't much rate mad chef John Burton Race's effort on the front, Harvey's. Mr Rayner concludes:
It would be regarded as peevish of me to compare Eddie Gilbert's with another fish restaurant in the same town. That's not going to stop me doing so. Last year I gave a mediocre review to Harvey's, a new venture with the rancid John Burton Race as exec chef. Still, I held out the hope that it could improve. I was too kind, and as my job is to hand out recommendations, I'm going to do just that. Leave Harvey's in peace. If you want intriguing fish cookery in Ramsgate with lots of flair but no fannying around, go to Eddie Gilbert's. Simple as that.
No wonder, then, that I hear EG's is booked solid for a month of Sunday's, Saturday's, Friday's....
Update: Given the number of, er, rank reviews there have been for Harvey's I've sadly had to remove it from the list of 'Recommended Nosheries' in my sidebar. However, to keep up the Ramsgate contingent I've replaced it with Alexandra Ristorante, that nice Italian eatery on the harbour.
Click here to read Eddie Gilbert's review in the Observer
Click here to visit Eddie Gilbert's website