London is awash with restaurants focusing on seafood at the moment – music to a Gills Gal’s ears. From street food traders becoming permanent to a Nathan Outlaw protegee coming to Shoreditch there is so much seafood on offer, and so little time. Here’s a roundup of the seafood restaurants for us to try over the next few months – if you go let us know what you think! Fresh and sustainable seafood definitely looks like it’s on the London food agenda so we hope to see more openings over the coming months.
Brat gets its name from an old English word for Turbot, which seems to be the star of the show here if our Instagram feed is anything to go by. Tomos Parry is behind the restaurant, previously at Kitty Fishers, and has cited his influence as the Basque country. The wood charcoal grill is central to the restaurant and the heart of the cooking.
Another recent seafood focussed opening in Shoreditch is St Leonard’s which boasts some great credentials. The pair behind the launch are Andrew Clarke (ex St Johns and Salt Yard) and Jackson Boxer (ex Brunswick House) – it seems to be in good hands. An ice bar full of fresh seafood looks to be a key component so we will be heading down for some asap.
We booked to go to Cornerstone a while ago, and thank god we did. Launched by Tom Brown, who previously worked under Nathan Outlaw, its been getting hype on hype on hype. It’s not been open for long but has already won restaurant and chef to watch at the National Restaurant Awards and had Giles Coren call it ‘confident, brilliant and beautiful’. We are headed in a couple of weeks so will be doing a review then, and are patiently waiting to try THAT potted shrimp crumpet.
Neptune is a bit more fancy than the above, and one we are going to have to save for a special occasion. Based in Bloomsbury it calls itself a a modern seafood restaurant with ‘thoughtfully sourced’ British seafood, and an oyster bar. The seafood platter looks like heaven on a plate and we HAVE to try the monkfish with chicken sauce.
Bobs Lobster has been a popular street food trader for several years but has just made it permanent with a spot in London Bridge. We couldn’t be more on board with their ethos of fresh seafood paired with wine. We will be along soon to indulge in their ‘fries with eyes’ – whitebait and squid with aioli and their white clam pizza pie.
London Seafood Festival
Finally, not a new opening but something that is incredibly up our street is the London Seafood Festival which hits Battersea this week. Promising takeovers, masterclasses and festival menus inside restaurants, bars and shops as well as live music and cooking demos over the weekend it looks like a great way to spend a weekend. If you can’t make it to the seaside Battersea Power Station is clearly the place to be.
From Friday evening through to Sunday, don’t miss the festival fun of #LondonSeafoodFestival on the piazza at #BatterseaPowerStation ⚓ From live music, cooking demos, street food, real life mermaids and more, there’s some-FIN for everyone (and no tickets required) 👉 londonseafoodfestival.com 📷Toby Keane