Number 1 in Margate? Clearly this place is not being compared like for like because it must be pointed out Yamas is certainly not a restuarant and it doesn't pretend to be. This High St cafe's popular ranking is probably attributed to many enjoying a meal here on a budget - you may notice most reviews testify to this. Notwithstanding, Yamas is shrewd at being a thrifty hybrid. Poorly positioned, this former bread shop (with former fittings still in evidence) set on the brink of town's void, offers fried breakfasts with a cuppa for £3 during the day and later on an unlicensed no frills thai cafe. We didn't come for eggs and bacon but in search of basic authentic thai street cuisine which is what we actually found.
The chatty manner of the owner, who affectionally knew his customers individually, was endearing. The makeshift-like kitchen is on full view so you're reassured and the owner was honest enough to declare most of the menu is imported frozen. Still a steaming bowl of tasty thai noodles with lemongrass and fresh ginger for less than £5, who could really grumble?
Relocated with some investment Yamas would appeal to the town's growing numbers of visitors with a fiver to eat on. Those with bigger budgets to dine out have other fine choices in Margate; some well-known, some less so but all reviewed on this site. With Yamas you have a nice alternative to seaside fish n chips.
nb The owner should prohibit those taking liberties bringing your own bottles of soft drinks. Yes BYO bottles of beer and wine but no to bottles of vodka and cola.
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