We arrive for dinner at La Magnolia, Ramsgate at the end of a sunny day spent strolling around Ramsgate marina, nosing at the brand, spanking new Albion House Hotel and taking a peek at the Operation Dynamo exhibition.
After a bit of deliberation, we decide that my derrière has recovered sufficiently from the journey to risk a bit of mountaineering. In other words, I could cope with sitting on our reserved table. Higher, with slightly harder chairs (at least to my tender behind), they overlook the marina and are, on a warm evening, the best seats in the house.
Passion for food, passion for customers
The owners and staff, who have a passion for both the quality of their food and their customers, greet us with enthusiasm and we feel instantly ‘at home’.
One of our favourite restaurants, La Magnolia is a popular dining spot, frequented by both locals and holiday makers. To be guaranteed a table, booking during Summer months and on most weekends is advisable. The restaurant serves Italian cuisine with an emphasis on fresh ingredients. The seafood deserves a special mention as it is always cooked to perfection. No sign of the ‘if it bounces it’s cooked’ attitude that you sometimes find in British restaurants!
For our starters we order Capesante Con Bechamel al Salmone; fresh char grilled scallops, stuffed with salmon, smothered in béchamel sauce and baked in the oven. Cooked correctly you simply can’t go wrong with scallops in my book. Upon recommendation, we also order Gamberoni Mandorlati; king prawns covered in almonds and honey served with mackerel pate on toasted bread. These were to die for! Both dishes tickle our incredibly fussy taste buds and we can’t choose our favourite.
For our main we decide to go for complete opposite ends of the flavour spectrum. Scialateilli Magnolia; fresh pasta scialateilli with langoustine, king prawns, crayfish and crab meat in a white wine and saffron sauce, and Spaghetti al Chianti; strips of chicken, minced beef and rich tomato sauce slowly braised in Chianti wine and finished with warm goat’s cheese. We then spend ten minutes arguing over who had the best dish. FYI – it was definitely me!
We sip our Prosecco, we talk, we laugh, we love, we watch the sun go down and we end the evening with a glass of limoncello. What better way to start some well-earned time off?
Cheers and cheerio.