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.