Small, smart with a menu packed with delicious meat dishes

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It takes a brave man to open a new restaurant in a street already packed full of popular eateries, particularly when others who tried such a feat left with their tails between their legs after what seemed like just weeks.

It takes an even braver man to limit his menu primarily to burgers. But Paolo’s Kitchen is no fast-food restaurant. Nor is it trying to pretend to be some sort of American diner.

It’s a small, smart restaurant, tucked unassumingly among a host of others, and instead of shouting to the masses that it’s there, it sits back quietly and lets word of mouth do the work.

Rewind to last year and Paolo’s Kitchen had been a different kettle of fish. Located in Minnis Bay, a stone’s throw from the beach, it marketed itself as a Mediterranean restaurant with that delightful continental feel.

It was great but unlikely to make much business, particularly through passing trade, tucked away near Birchington, which is more a pensioners’ playground than the place for a foodies’ revolution.

But now, in the heart of the bustling town of Broadstairs – and with a new menu to boot – this restaurant can truly shine.

Unpretentious, relaxed and with simple, slightly rustic décor, my guest and I were immediately at home. We plonked our bottle of wine in a cooler – this place serves its own beer and wine but is also bring-your-own – and pondered the menus, which were handed to us by friendly waiting staff.

As someone who can take or leave meat, I was surprised to find my mouth watering at the sumptuous offers – a Californian chicken burger with bacon, cheese, guacamole and sour cream; a platter of mini burgers from pork to lamb to beef; fajitas; and sizzling plates of steak, chicken or pork with peppercorn or blue-cheese sauce.

It was the latter I plumped for – the steak with blue-cheese sauce and home-cooked chips. My companion went for the platter of mini burgers, which also came with chips and a salad. We ordered beers to go with our meal.

My dish was beautifully cooked, with creamy, rich sauce and succulent meat. The burger platter – a selection of mini burgers – was as tasty as it was fun, with miniature versions of the burgers on the menu presented on a wooden board. The home-made chips, which came on the side, were also delicious.

The dessert menu, although a touch small, boasted old favourites including sticky-toffee pudding and a selection of ice-cream.

The menu had not offered starters, although there was a list of side-orders such as garlic bread and nachos with which the table next to us had chosen to start, so I felt within my rights to have sticky-toffee pudding, while my guest had coconut ice-cream. Both dishes were light and tasty.

Paolo’s Kitchen is a brilliant addition to the thriving Broadstairs restaurant scene. It is relaxed, friendly and has a great menu.

The bill came to £45 plus tip.

Paolo’s Kitchen, Albion Street, Broadstairs CT10 1NE

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