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#3 of 7 Asian in Rye
The restaurant boasts a large glass walled conservatory. This overlooks our own fruit and herb kitchen garden at the foot of the famous historic 14th century Rye monastery. Renowned chef Dev Biswal proudly present a venue that serves hand picked, fresh, produce from the local markets. The menu features fresh seafood, luscious green vegetables and superior quality meats. The service style is casual and the food is meant for feasting and sharing. Food arrives as it is cooked and there is no regimented sequence for courses. Table reservations as well as walk in customers are accepted.
US$5 - US$30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Asian, Contemporary, Fusion
Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 22 July 2021 via mobile

I’m not massively keen on fusion food but this was decent. Service was attentive as well. Had the seafood starter with crabcakes, prawn and soft shell crab. All very good. Followed by the beef two ways. One slight criticism - one of the three pieces...of brisket was very over done (the other two were perfect).More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 10 March 2020

A disappointing St Valentine's evening for us, but not because of the quality of the food, which we enjoyed very much. It was more the lack of professionalism of the staff and the disappointing table we were given. The table was right in front of...the singer (no volume control) and it was SO small, hardly big enough for cocktails, water, wine and dishes, even though larger tables remained empty all evening. My Mojito arrived with a yellow hue and no mint. When I queried this the waiter went away and came back to say that they didn't have any mint! Maybe it shouldn't have been served. But, we will be back.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 10 March 2020 via mobile

We had very high expectations from this restaurant but were disappointed. As someone who has visited many Indian restaurants over the years, I couldn't eat anything and returned the dish. In addition the food took one hour to arrive. Weird taste. The waiter was extremely...nice and understanding.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 1 March 2020 via mobile

Well worth a visit! We visited for their afternoon tea with a twist which was amazing! Friendly staff, great food makes this a proper gem!

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 16 February 2020

We ate early on a very wet and windy Saturday evening courtesy of storm Dennis. Although not busy the atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming, helped greatly by the very friendly staff (David and Jess). We had starters to share and really lovely chicken dishes for...the main course. Warmly spiced aubergine too. Very good presentation, prompt service and nice attention to detail. Sharing dessert platter with an emphasis on chocolate was superb. Very good white Rioja to accompany.More

Date of visit: February 2020
A7844EDemmab, Owner at The Devil in Rye, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2020

Thank you for your review, we hope to see you again soon

Reviewed 12 February 2020

Looking at past reviews we were in 2 minds when considering where to eat. I'm glad we did not heed the negative comments. The food was simply exquisite. A delicious fusion of tastes and flavours ... truly tantalising. Although not overly busy the service was...attentive but unobtrusive, The food was cooked to order and presented beautifully. This is not your standard Asian/Indian restaurant ... so if you are looking for one there are others that provide the usual menu ... here the menu intrigues and sets expectations that are surpassed. A lovely evening on aour last night in Rye.More

Date of visit: January 2020
A7844EDemmab, Owner at The Devil in Rye, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2020

Thank you for your great review, we hope to see you again soon

Reviewed 25 January 2020

I have been to all three of the Ambrette restaurants (Margate and Canterbury) and love them all. The food is not curry house style but more like European type dishes with Indian flavours. Works v well whether for lunch or dinner because each dish is...not overly heavy. I wasn't offered a set lunch menu but the other two places offer one and it is excellent value for money (not the same as cheap!). The Devil is v busy in the evenings as popular with locals, but v quiet during the day - probably because 1. visitors are expecting and don't want a heavy curry and 2. there are only two tables visible from the front window, both in the draught, so you can't see anyone eating/enjoying their food. They should try to generate a regular lunch time trade. I used to come here when it was the Monastery restaurant and that suffered the same problem - excellent food was not enough to get over the large number of covers needed. There is a bit of a wait for the food but that doesn't worry me because I know it's being cooked to order. They always provide an excellent appetiser..Mine was a lobster dumpling which made me wish I had ordered it as a starter! My dosai starter was good, but the chicken thigh biriani was wonderful. The restaurant is light and airy, and with a lovely view at the back over the old monastery. Unfortunately you can't see this from the front.More

Date of visit: January 2020
A7844EDemmab, Owner at The Devil in Rye, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2020

Thank you for your review and highlighting the issue of the layout, this is something we are looking into for 2020. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 8 January 2020

Visited early on a Sunday evening; the restaurant was very quiet but the waiting staff were lovely. Restaurant is beautifully decorated, really nice layout. The food is terrific - we visit South India regularly, and the flavours were really authentic. One of the better Indian...restaurants in the UK.More

Date of visit: January 2020
A7844EDemmab, Owner at The Devil in Rye, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2020

Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed the authentic flavours. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 2 January 2020 via mobile

A new menu has brought in the most superb chicken biriani and some other fabulous main courses. Our favourite starters are still there and the Thali's are also fantastic. Really nice ambience in the restaurant and really good service. It is so nice to have...a restaurant serving delicately spiced authentic Indian food in Rye.More

Date of visit: January 2020
A7844EDemmab, Owner at The Devil in Rye, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2020

Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed and hope you return soon

Reviewed 31 December 2019

This place is a sick joke. Four of us went there today for lunch. Despite the fact that the town was heaving with people, the Devil was only half full. Plainly the locals know the truth. On arrival there was no member of staff to...be seen, but a man did appear from downstairs and showed us to a table. I won’t bore you with the tedious details of how long we just sat there waiting, first for drinks and then for the miserable food. At one point I looked around the room and there was not one person with a plate of food in front of them. It could have been the waiting room of a dental surgery. After about an hour a feeble little morsel of some unidentified fried food arrived, dressed with a couple of salad leaves. The waiter explained that this was a pre-starter. If it took a minute to assemble, it took less to eat. Another inordinate wait, and the starters arrived. Very small and unsatisfying. Again a few little bits that could scarcely have taken a minute or two to prepare. The sole waiter disappeared for minutes at a time, causing us to speculate that he was probably doing the cooking too, or maybe was queuing at a nearby takeaway. After sitting there for an hour and a half and having ingested about 10 calories each, we decided to cut our losses and get out. The waiter at least had the good grace to waive our bill. I pressed a £20 note into his hand in that stupid way that English people do when you feel embarrassed at someone else’s cock-up. If you venture down to the toilets you pass the kitchen. I saw the chef scooping chips from a plastic sack with his hands. Okay in a chippy, but pretty poor in a place that pretends to offer fine food. There was nothing in the toilet with which to dry your hands. The whole place is a disgrace. It’s not cheap and the blurb uses words such a “feasting” and “relaxed”. A sign in the window refers to ‘devilishly good food’. Don’t be fooled by this ridiculous misrepresentation. The tiny scraps of food we got to see were not worth 5 minutes wait, let alone an hour or more. How it could be considered acceptable to have a single waiter serving about 10 tables and doing drinks and bills too is shocking. Places like this are shameful. They exist for no purpose other than to ensnare the unwary and the gullible and then squeeze as much cash from you as they can, with next to no service and not even a decent portion. Just thinking about how many people they have ripped off, and how many have left upset and disappointed, and how many special occasions they have ruined, makes me angry. I’m amazed it is still open. Ugh!More

Date of visit: December 2019
The Ambrette R, Owner at The Devil in Rye, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2020

Thank you for taking the time to post this review, your feedback is totally unacceptable and I apologise for your experience. I would be very grateful if you would contact me via email, reservations@theambrette.co.uk Many thanks

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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
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