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|Address:||21A Foley Street, London W1W 6DS|
|Tel:||020 7436 0921|
|Price: £44.00||Wine: £18.00||Champagne: £48.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-3pm 6-10pm|
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Well, I think the term “shack” is understating it slightly, given Bonnie Gull Seafood's prices. Having said that – the restaurant was actually the size of a shack so perhaps this is where the name is derived from. More on the, ahem, intimate atmosphere later.
Firstly, the food. We both opted for a whole delicious crab for the main course, which was wonderful. Silky brown crab meat mixed into a glorious goop in the shell was accompanied by the rest of the crab, some fresh sourdough bread and half a lemon – then we were given a pair of crab crackers and left to, er, crack on.
Merrily bits of crab flew through the air (it was actually quite difficult to maintain any form of conversation, so closely were we concentrating on not spitting / throwing bits of shell at each other) but it was a very pleasurable kind of concentration. Oh, and I was glad they didn't offer up those plastic seafood bibs that always make me feel a bit like an extra from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
On the size of the restaurant – it was frankly, ridiculously small. We had a table in the middle of the restaurants but those poor souls whose tables were against the wall had literally an inch of space between them. I saw one girl put her elbow in her neighbour's oysters – not a euphemism – when she wasn't looking. Also, a man accidentally set his menu on fire because it was so close to the tea lights and he had nowhere else to put it. Yes, that actually happened.
Fire hazards aside, crab was £18 each for a main course, so not cheap at all. Maybe it was the size of the crab? It says on the website that other mains range from £11 – £20, but I couldn't see anything below £14 on the menu (a vegetarian dish, artichokes something.) Other mains were quite highly priced, but looked amazing (fish pie in particular.)
Still, I guess if you want sustainably sourced seafood in Central London you've got to be prepared to pay for it., and I'm happy to do so when it's so fresh and tasty. I'll definitely return to Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack, but make sure I have a table in the middle of the restaurant again and bring my portable fire extinguisher with me.