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“Valentine's Lunch” 4 of 5 stars
Review of TOPES Restaurant

TOPES Restaurant
60 High St, Rochester ME1 1JY, England
01634 845270
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Ranked #3 of 89 Restaurants in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $25
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: TOPES restaurant is a modern British restaurant centrally located in Rochester High Street in Kent and has been awarded two AA rosettes. Chris Small, head chef and co-owner, has created several different menus, including a special set price lunch (L15 for 2 courses and coffee) and mid-week evening menu (3 courses for L20.50). In addition, there is an a la carte menu for Friday and Sunday evenings and traditional roasts on Sunday. All ingredients are bought in fresh on a daily basis from local suppliers and the menus reflect seasonal produce. The restaurant is set in a 15th, 16th and 17th Century building and many of the original features remain. However, the restaurant has a modern feel to it to reflect the modern style of dishes on offer.
London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Valentine's Lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We’d chosen Topes as our location for lunch on a day trip to Rochester – it also happened to be Valentine’s Day.

Pluses: Good selection on a contemporary menu, with some traditional flavours/seasonal fare served in innovative, but not in an overly complicated or exclusive manner.

The ambiance was good and although we dine up stairs in a reasonably small room, it did not feel overly crowded. Everything was clean and well presented and staff appeared competent and friendly.

I had the seared scallops starter, sea bream main course and brioche bread and butter pudding for dessert. As it was a lunch time visit we only imbibed a glass of house white wine, which was tolerable, but not something to pay too much attention to – if you’re not willing to splash out on a decent bottle of wine over a meal you can’t really complain about the inadequacies of the house white!

The scallops were well cooked – one a little over seared – but this is a quibble; the mussels that accompanied the scallops were expertly cooked.

The sea bream likewise was well cooked – my only criticism being the amount – if not the choice of serving – smoked bacon lardons. The subtle flavour of the bream was over powered at times, making it taste more like smoked haddock. Everything else on the plate was well cooked and married well with the fish.

The only real disappointment was the brioche bread and butter – which was a bit bland – the addition of more dried fruit, perhaps the zest of an orange or lemon, some nutmeg and perhaps using salted butter in its construction, would have raised the flavour stakes a little.

However my partner’s desert (pear tart and butterscotch ice cream) was excellent.

Over all it was a very good afternoon’s food and well priced for what we ate. I would heartily recommend Topes.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Things to do in Rochester”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Just spent one of the best afternoons
Ever eating here with my wife and best friends.
If you have not been here to eat you should add a meal here to your bucket list!!!!

Julian gallagher

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Please don't go! It's too good and I want to get in”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We are locals and this is bar far the best restaurant for miles and comparable with many top Michelin star restaurants in London. Food is superb, great local organic british food presented with a contemporary twist. Go for the local bidedden Ortega wine too. I really can't say anything bad, it's always consistently good, value for money and good friendly service. A real credit to the owners. The only downside is that is so popular you really need to book and thats for any day of the week. I always try and see if they have a cancellation which can get you a quick route in but if you are thinking of taking more than 2 don't turn up unexpected.
Really recommend. I want you to open a Topes 2 or a brassiere next door in the army surplus shop. Please then we want have to trek to central London for a decent meal. Topes is perfect for any event for taking your grandparents for a celebration or to an evening out with him indoors. I don't have any association with Topes other than its blooming good.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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london
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Fantastic menu”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Love this place, i know that i can take friends and family there and neverbbe disappointed with thenfood. The menumis excellent and well balanced with a choice for every taste. And the dishes are simply beautiful! Everytime! Always ensure you book though as it is very popular and very well priced and finding a last minute table is often a struggle.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brompton, Kent
2 reviews
“Best restaurant I know of.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Another lovely evening at Topes. Food, wine, atmosphere as always was top notch. Feel very lucky that we have this brilliant restaurant on our doorstep.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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