The sun is still out – huzzah! And when it’s t-shirt temperatures, we fancy light, bright dishes like fish. Here’s five upscale seafood restaurants that are sure sate your appetite
1 Bentley’s Oyster Bar
From the oak flooring, art deco windows and wooden panelling to the glossy, well heeled clientele who flock to this Swallow Street venue, Richard Corrigan’s restaurant exudes class. Good tasting specials includes Sea bass and caponata and Wild sea trout with samphire and verjus but be sure to save room for Corrigans’ soda bread. Made with black treacle and buttermilk, you’ll hate yourself as you hoover up the basket…
2 J Sheekey
Owned since the turn of the 20th century by the Caprice group, this London institution has earned a reputation as the capital’s best fish restaurant. Don’t believe us? Just ask the A list likes of Keira Knightley, Kate Moss and Kelly Brook - all of whom have been spotted slipping into J Sheekey for fish pie. There’s also an array of oysters – West Mersea pearls, Lindisfarne rocks and fines de claire all feature - on the menu and a wide selection of wine.
3 Randall & Aubin
This Soho venue is famed for serving excellent seafood fare, as well as a selection of classic French and British dishes. The restaurant’s menus are created and overseen by head chef, Ed Baines, who is passionate about serving good, simple, delicious food. Nonetheless for all the excellence of the food, it’s the little touches (think staff who treat you like royalty) that help elevate Randall & Aubin from the pack. These guys never rest on their laurels. Case in point? Randall & Aubin are launching a Champagne & Seafood bar later this year.
4 Scott’s London
A meal in this elegant (tables are set around a dramatic marble oyster and champagne bar) eatery isn’t cheap but then again Scott’s sets standards that few others can match: dishes such as Smoked halibut accompanied by asparagus band fried oysters and Roasted cod will have you purring with pleasure. Regardless which day you visit, you’re guaranteed to find a crowd – and quite possibly rock stars and film directors – here, so do dress up.
5 Wright Brothers Soho
If you haven’t fallen in love with oysters yet, then you haven’t eaten the aphrodisiac at Wright Brothers Soho where Carlingford, Colchester, Brownsea Island and Maldon oysters are all present and correct. But it’s not all about oysters: there are plenty of fish dishes – from Roast pollock to Salmon and smoked haddock fish pie to help fulfil those watery whims...