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33-35 St Martin's Court
A rebranding of what could be considered as London’s most famous fish restaurant has moved the focus from slippery bivalves to lots of other fish in the sea – the summer menu (enhanced by whimsical illustrations by the irrepressible Quentin Blake) has a special lobster section which includes an unmissable lobster and shrimp burger with tomato and horseradish sauce, but our order will include the lobster and shiso tempura served with chilli jam. Sit in the bar of the iconic actor’s restaurant or nab a table outside if they’ll let you – the all weather terrace allows for protection against the elements. Kick off with a Pimms or an Aperol spritz before a carafe of rose – but if you’ve something to celebrate, make yourself comfortable around their champagnes.
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33-35 St Martin's Court
Leicester Square Tube Station 143m
Covent Garden Tube Station 269m
Albery Theatre 17m
Wyndham's Theatre 50m
Mon-Sun 12N-12M (Sun -11pm)
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Food + drink: 5
We took advantage of one of the last nights of the summer to sit on their "terrance" and stuff our faces full of fresh shellfish. It is a surprisingly atmospheric place to sit, not disturbed by the passing tourists and of course, that incredibly rare thing in this great capital of ours - NO traffic!
The wait staff are charming, friend and attentive without being intrusive. Nothing much to say about the fruits de mer except that it is as fresh as it should be from a place of this standard, but the wine list offers a great choice at reasonable prices as well as the high end bins.
An added bonus is that they didn't turn our table, even though it was a Saturday night, in fact, once the terrace closed (2230 due to licensing) we sat at the bar inside and closed the restaurant.
Sheekey's is a stallwart of the London restaurant scene and this new iteration is fabulous.
Food + drink: 4
I dined at Sheekey's restaurant about 30 years ago with parents and my then girlfriend (Jacqui mark 1) whilst a student at London University. I remember being impressed by the fresh fish/shellfish, I had crab and it was delicious, but always remember the restaurant being a little dingy. Recently I read a review in one of the Sunday papers which portrayed it in a very favourable light. Jacqui (mark 2) had finally finished her MSc dissertation, informing me she had submitted it with 47 minutes to spare and had had no sleep, It was with some foreboding then that I took her along to Sheekey's Atlantic bar, having booked a reservation but now expecting her to fall asleep in the starters. She didn't , not I suspect because of the quality of my conversation, but because of the quality of the food, the ambience sitting outside in the busy little thoroughfare of St Martin's Court between Covent Garden and Leicester Square and the interesting waiters. Staying with the waiters for a moment, they were all very attentive and extremely polite. It transpired that one particularly interesting waiter was from Romania, spoke about 5 languages and doubted the validity of the myths of Dracula. We had a very simple meal, almost tapas like. A dry martini to start, not as nice as The Connaught but close. Grilled prawns, nicely cooked spinach, a shared portion of french fries and, feeling adventurous, some smoked eel croquets which were absolutely delicious. I had Greengage and Mirabelle Pie with Vanilla ice cream for desert, again delicious. The only slight criticism was the cost of the wine. Although the Muscadet was perfectly acceptable, it was a little overpriced at £35.
The Atlantic bar itself is delightful inside with a very light, jovial atmosphere. Sheekey's main restaurant is adjacent and we had a look round. It has certainly been freshened up, much more airy and welcoming then I remember and it certainly cannot be described as dingy. I'm sure we will be back soon.
I visited the Oyster bar for a decadent christmas lunch and it was very enjoyable. Apart from the great atmosphere & bar design that gives a timeless elegant feeling to the room, the service was attentive and pleasant and the food rocked. We indulged in superbly fresh Oysters (half a dozen fines de Claire & half a dozen Natives), smoked salmon and crab and washed it all down with champagne. A great lunch followed by a great nap.
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