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“Stylish Escape”
Review of The Med Bar - CLOSED

The Med Bar
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: A new and exciting wine bar and pizzeria now open in Deal. We serve traditional classic Italian dishes and pizza that are made to authentic recipes using ingredients that we import weekly from Italy using our stone baked oven. We are child friendly and have a full menu for young visitors. We serve our full menu from 5.30 on Wednesday (when we have live music from 9pm) to Saturday and on Sundays from 12:30 we offer a unique menu of traditional Sunday lunch with an Italian twist, accompanied by jazz from 1pm. Our wine bar is vibrant, exciting and sophisticated and the place to spend an evening with friends or a loved one. We are available for parties (private or otherwise) - childrens from 4pm and hen, birthday, anniversary, work get togethers or other - also Christmas parties bookings being taken.
Kent
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82 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Stylish Escape”
Reviewed December 22, 2012

Recommendations from friends about Deal's new eaterie and bar had me visiting here three times in a week - once for Saturday dinner, once for Sunday lunchtime drinks accompanied by jazz and for a mid-week tapas so I can safely review all three! The restaurant area is sensibly to the side of the 'lounge bar' area and although it wasn't busy for a Saturday night the atmosphere was nice. Two starters of goat's cheese salad followed by chicken (sounds boring but it was tasty and beautifully presented!) and venison. These came with a communal dish of red cabbage, carrots and potatoes which was just the right portion size - I personally hate huge side dishes of big vegetables. This was all washed down with a very acceptable bottle of white wine (about £14). I can't comment on the desserts as we didn't have any but I am sure they are just as good. A tiny gripe might be that the price of the main courses is a little on the dear side - the lowest being £11.95 - but perhaps this sounds mean. The service by the two girls was professional, attentive and friendly and we were asked a couple of times if all was well with no pressure put on us to leave after we had finished eating.
Next day was drinks at lunchtime and a tapas plate of chorizo and prosciutto. Again, not as busy as one would expect but still a nice feel about the place with lovely owner Brian on drums in the jazz band.
Mid-week glass of wine and tapas of chorizo on salad (my favourite of all the tapas dishes here), Italian cheese with quince jelly, more prosciutto, patatas bravas and bread and a nice oily mayonnise. Lovely! All the tapas dishes - which are served both at lunchtimes and in the evening if you don't want a full meal - are on average just under a fiver.
I really hope the place takes off with its appeal to the slightly older Deal drinkers and eaters. The 'drinking' area has a nice boutique hotel feel about it with its bright red chairs, sofas and bar stools and provides a great meeting place for the more 'grown-up' customer (though any legal age drinker is welcome of course!) and cocktail lovers.I am pleased that Brian and his wife are up and running again - locals will remember them from the Deal Hoy. It's nice to hear from female friends that women going there on their own do not feel at all uncomfortable.
Live music (not always jazz) is on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings. There is also a two-choice Sunday roast menu - either pork or beef were on offer when we were there - for £8.95. There is currently a Christmas menu of around £24 and a New Year's event at £20 a ticket in advance which includes music from two bands and a buffet.
One suggestion? That a competitively-priced lunchtime menu is introduced in line with some other Deal eateries to encourage both locals and visitors there during the week.

  • Visited December 2012
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Kent, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“a lovely find”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

if you wander up a small side lane just off the highstreet you are greeted by the red and gold sign which simply reads the wine bar and bistro you wander in through the door and the stylish modern decor greets you everything screams quality from the upmarket furniture to the sparkly granite bar a nice selection of drinks are available and 2 choices of food a tapas menu or an a la carte we went for the a la carte option I decided on the roasted rack of Kentish lamb with baby shepherds pie which was delicious and my friend ate the 42day matured sirloin steak with Kentish blue cheese and port sauce which he said was fantastic the prices are very reasonable the staff friendly and attentive well worth a visit and will definitely be returning.

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3 Thank danmatharu
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Chilled, live music venue for grown Ups. Brilliant”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

I love Deal, every time I visit,a new gem has popped up. This place has lovely people, chilled atmosphere, fantastic live music and great food. Prices are very reasonable too.

I've been three times and had a great night each time. Definately on my list for our next visit to Deal. ;-)

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3 Thank mjr2602
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Dover, UK
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“what a refreshing addition to the town!”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

It seems there are some people in this part of the world with innovation and fresh ideas! The new Wine bar & Bistro in the town of Deal has a unique decor and ambiance that is hard to find outside of London. We attended to see some of the live music and were greeted by the staff even before we had reached the bar and had were sipping a tasty cocktail even before we could admire the decor. The wine bar has a distinctly modern feel about it, with giant eyes looking down at you and stilleto shoe shaped stools scattered around the main room. There are sofa's a plenty, arranged in a giant picture of the new york skyline, giving a grand view of the small but neat stage area for live music. The bistro side is entirely different, with a more rustic and warm atmosphere. We had already eaten but did manage to try some of the tapas enu which was dleicious..but we will be returning later this week for some live music and to sample the main menu. I have said for years what the towen needed was a good winebar and wish I had done it before This new venture got going! Well done to all concerend and good luck!

  • Visited November 2012
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5 Thank Jannerman
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North Shields, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Best non English cuisine in Deal.”
Reviewed July 21, 2012

Varied menu and really good quality; there are some unusual dishes and the decor is nice

Visited July 2012
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1 Thank ShieldsWeasel
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