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“Very Fishy”

Chapman's Seafood Bar & Brasserie
Ranked #17 of 385 Restaurants in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$54
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Nestled in the picturesque area of St Dunstans, Chapman's Seafood Bar & Brasserie offers a fresh, honest selection of the region's finest catches. Optimising freshness and sustainability, Chapman's is the only restaurant owned by the fish wholesalers. In the bright, crisp dining room filled with whitewashed surfaces and solid beams, favourite delicacies include lobster, crab, mussels and oysters. One of the few independent restaurants in Canterbury.
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Trying to find a genuine seafood restaurant in this part of the world can be a tricky task. Trickier even then to find one that provided fresh fish at a reasonable price.
Chapman’s in the lull after Easter was not over busy so we had a choice of table from space over two floors. If I had any negatives it would be the ambience of the place, a former bank, that the decor and bare tables was the only let down. Chapman’s boasts though a high five for hygiene and cleanliness so important in the restaurant business. Service from the outset was professional, friendly and certainly we were not rushed through ordering or the meal itself. A mix of set, blackboard and Classic menus set the taste buds alight for sure, the set three course menu at £18.50 was a remarkable feat for the quality at no more than the price of one course in some other establishments. A plate of half a dozen rock oysters from the Classic menu for £9 with shallot vinegar couldn’t have been fresher and were carefully opened without a hint of cracked shell and nicely presented. Four scallops followed and were perfectly cooked and sauced with an unusual mix of pine nuts, was one of the best combinations I’ve tasted which complimented the delicate flavour of the scallops without masking them. The house Sauvignon Blanc was well chosen and reasonable, though my preference for a Muscadet was perhaps a tad overpriced on the wine list. We completed the meal with a pear and pistachio frangipani desert and ice cream. If one had to be picky, perhaps the portion sizes were just a tad small, but if freshness, skilled cooking, and value rock your fishing boat then give Chapman’s a try, you won’t come away feeling disappointed.

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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Had a family dinner here. Lovely fish, whole seabass special with cages and new potatoes (£23) delicious. Good value kids menu. We had a thoroughly delicious meal and very friendly staff. Would recommend.

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Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

Very good. Service was fantastic. We had a lovely time we will be going back soon.
The atmosphere was good. Food was good.

Thank Esther w
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

...and that was just the starter. I opted for good old fish and chips as my main course, and regretted nothing.This restaurant is beautifully located, very good value for money, and friendly to boot. I'll be back...

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Thank Stuart B
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Reviewed March 26, 2018

I was surprised to see some negative reviews for Chapman's. we have always found it to be really good, the service is excellent and the fish is really fresh. Tonight we had several oysters then a rondue and the fish could not have been fresher, it was superb. The waitress is a credit to Chapman's and we were well looked after by her, we had a very good rapport. Looking forward to our next visit.

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