Gem of Kent, Maidstone
I’ve been to the Gem of Kent a number of times. Mainly in larger groups for someone’s birthday or a work leaving do. I thought it might be nice to visit with my husband, so we decided we would go for our two-month wedding anniversary, after a couple of games of bowling.
Yes I know there’s not really such a thing as a two-month wedding anniversary, but we thought we would celebrate every month for the first year with a different activity. This month it was bowling, but it just so happened we decided to go out for dinner after as well.
The Gem of Kent is located on the High Street in Maidstone and had been open for a couple of years. Any locals will know it has been many other restaurants over the years, with varying success. This seems like a good fit as it’s a good variation on the large amount of Italian restaurants that Maidstone seems to have.
The reason why I’ve been a couple of times with larger groups is they offer a really reasonably priced set menu. There are two options, one which consists of hot and cold mezze dishes plus a dessert at £12.95pp or one with sharing starters, a main and dessert for £14.95pp. There’s also an option to add a drinks package on to your set meal, which can be a godsend if you have a large group and you need to settle the bill individually at the end.
It just being the two of us, we just ordered off the normal menu. We shared a starter of humus which was served with warm bread. Humus and warm bread is probably one of my most favourite things in the world. I probably don’t go a whole week without eating humus.
For main I ordered the Beyti which is a spiced minced lamb dish. It comes on a giant skewer and is served with rice and a salad. When I say giant, I mean giant. It was quite a large portion and I couldn’t quite eat it all. Maybe it was the generous portion of bread I had scoffed with my humus…
My husband ordered the Iskender, which is minced lamb served on bread with tomato sauce, yoghurt and melted butter.
The food was delicious, the service was excellent, as it was the other times I have been. All in all it’s a really reasonably priced restaurant. Our meal, including a glass of wine and a bottle of beer came to £35.
If you are looking for a delicious Turkish restaurant in Maidstone, I would highly recommend The Gem of Kent. Do you like Turkish food? What’s your ‘go-to’ dish?