Now first things first, I hope you aren’t hungry when you are reading this post. If you aren’t, then I guarantee you will be by the time you’ve finished it. I’m getting hungry just thinking about the meal we enjoyed at Frederic Bistro and Café in Maidstone. My other half and I dined there recently on a Friday night.
Frederic Bistro is an independent restaurant and café located in the heart of Maidstone. Just down the side of the Hazlett Theatre, by the entrance of The Royal Star Arcade. Official address – Market Buildings, Earl Street.
I’ve wandered past on many occasions and the place is always buzzing, the people look happy and the food looks amazing. Frederics Maidstone has a great ethos about it. Ulric, the Chef-Patron, says his cooking style is simple but utilises good quality, fresh local ingredients. The restaurant cooks all the dishes from scratch, so warn their customers that meals may take a short while longer than other establishments, but they assure customers that it is worth the wait. We didn’t notice any delay and felt the speed of service was perfect. No one wants to rush through their courses. Eating out is a time to unwind, chat and relax. Not eat your dinner as fast as you can and leave. It was perfectly paced.
On entering the restaurant, it’s got a lovely atmosphere. It has an open kitchen at the back of the main dining area and then there are a few more tables next to the serving area, perfect to see what’s going on in the kitchen. We were seated here. Take a look at some of the lovely décor.
It was so hard to choose what to have. There were so many dishes that tickled my palate. I opted for the grilled goat’s cheese on brioche and my other half chose the prosciutto and brie melt with tomato on brioche. I often go for a goat’s cheese dish when we are out as my other half doesn’t like it, so I rarely cook it.
The starter was beautifully presented and tasted superb. The goat’s cheese was grilled to perfection and the brioche was light and fluffy. I could have eaten it all day. I did try a little bit of the other starter and that was equally as delicious.
On our lovely waiter’s recommendation, I had chosen the lamb rump for main. This came with fondant potato, spinach pesto, lardons and vegetables (fine beans, cauliflower, cabbage and peas). My other half chose the fillet steak, served with fries, peppercorn and salad.
The lamb was so tender and complimented the spinach pesto and the other vegetables. I not even normally a big fan of peas, but I ate every single one on my plate as the flavours worked so well together. The potato was to-die-for, but then I am a sucker for a good fondant potato, and believe me, this was good.
The fillet steak was as much as a highlight as the lamb. It was tender, juicy and perfectly cooked. Any other time I would have been jealous of the French fries, but because I had my beloved fondant potato, I was not one iota green with envy. My other half enjoyed every mouthful, as much as I did.
With our stomachs very full (well mine at least), we decided to order a dessert to share. When I say share, I mean I’ll taste it so I don’t feel like I’m missing out, but my other half will eat most of it! The desserts are all home-made by Sarah, Ulric’s wife. She is a patisserie chef and the tarts and roulade on the menu sounded too delicious to pass up. We were highly recommended to try the lavender and lemon roulade, which came with ice cream.
Wow! That’s all I can say. What a lovely end to an already fantastic meal. The roulade was light and creamy. The lemon had a really nice freshness to it and the lavender was perfectly subtle. Neither of us had tried a dessert with lavender in it before and we both concurred that we would definitely have one again. It was delightful.
After finishing our dessert, we sat back, finished our wine and then decided to take a walk home on our very full, but very happy tummies.
Frederics Maidstone is very reasonably priced for the quality of service and food. Most starters are priced around £5 per dish. The mains vary a little more, depending on what you order. Starting at £13 for a range of delicious French classics. The dishes we enjoyed were priced at £14.95 for the lamb and £18.95 for the steak, including the accompanying side dishes. Desserts are priced at £5.50, unless you have the cheese board and that’s a little more. Mmm, cheese board. If only I had room….
This is a wonderful restaurant. Frederics Maidstone serves fantastic food, with delectable wines, all wrapped up in a bundle of friendly and welcoming service. Would I go back? That’s the easiest yes going. They also open for breakfast and lunch. I think I may be heading back to try a croque monsieur for lunch or one of their omelettes for a lazy breakfast. Why not check out their menu?
A big thank you to Ulric, Sarah and all the team at Frederic Bistro and Café for hosting us for a complimentary meal at their restaurant. Please be assured that my opinions, as always, are my own.
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