The Melusine

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Silver Award
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SquareMeal Review of The Melusine

Silver Award

On a nice day in St Katharine Docks, the lapping of water and tinkling of boat rigging could lull you into feeling like you’re somewhere in the Mediterranean. Add a glass of crisp Sicilian white wine and a few plates of the freshest seafood and you’re practically there.

The interiors at this small waterfront eatery are understated but welcoming, and even on a quieter night, the restaurant still retains a lively buzz thanks to the hum of the open kitchen. We started with some homemade taramasalata that came with gently cooked heritage carrots garnished with black sesame seeds, an unusual combination but one that worked.

The offerings from the raw bar were even better: meaty Cherrystone clams with a virgin Mary vinaigrette and a sublime cured turbot, fresh and zingy from a citrus and coriander marinade.

Scallops served atop a dollop of silky smooth fava with grilled chicory are a homage to the head chef’s Greek heritage, while we were left in no doubt as to why the grilled squid paired with smoked beef rump, courgette carpaccio and cep oil has fast become a favourite with regulars.

From the big plates, octopus arrived beautifully tender and smoky from the grill, garnished with monks beard and a meaty jus. An enormous fillet of wild sea bass was equally well cooked and accompanied by a chunky romesco paste and caramelised red chicory.

The beauty of The Melusine's concise menu is that it changes daily according to what the waters of the British Isles have proffered that morning. An incredibly high-tech app enables the chefs to interact directly with fishermen out at sea to place their orders before it’s even reached the shore. If you're looking for fresh, affordable seafood, cooked to perfection and served in a waterside setting, we're not sure you’ll find much better than this without hopping on a flight to the Med.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Fish
Ambience
Cosy, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
All day dining, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Terrace, Waterside
Special Features
Counter dining, Dog friendly, Gluten-free options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

The founders of The Melusine, Theodore Kyriakou and Wade Mundford, are passionate about embracing the unexpected, a philosophy that is demonstrated throughout their bright, produce-led menu. The duo set out to create a relaxed neighbourhood seafood restaurant in St Katharine Dock and are consistently keen to transform the catch of any one day into interesting and energetic plates of food that showcase British ingredients. Every day here is different meaning there’s always a new reason to visit with menus that reflect the season down to the very day.

The menu is broken up into dishes from the raw bar, small plates and main courses. To get a fully rounded picture we’d recommend something from each section. Plump wild oysters might kick things off before small plates bring combinations like taramosalata with Jerusalem artichoke or a creamy crab risotto crowned with sunflower seeds and fennel tops.

When you get to the mains choice fish is of course the order of the day, and it’s here that you’ll find some of the best cookery from the kitchen. Think crispy skinned red mullet with a bright citrus dressing or a luxurious fillet or meaty turbot accompanied by truffled ravioli and a courgette valoute.

Sides include classic triple cooked chips with oregano salt; Jersey roay potatoes with peas and wild garlic leaves; a fresh green salad; and a bowl of sauteed kale with punchy chilli and garlic oil.

Expertly accompanying the food offering is the carefully curated drinks list. Here you’ll find elegant bottles of international wines from prime pockets of the globe. Unusual options include a dry, smooth white from Tokyo and a full-bodied red from Greece. The gin bar brings an additional element to meals and offers the perfect excuse to stay and enjoy a drink or two after dinner.

Contemporary interiors with natural wood floors, white walls and a low-hanging beamed ceiling surround the open kitchen where you can watch the talented team at work, adding a touch of theatre to proceedings.

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Location

Unit K, Ivory House , St Katharine Docks, Tower Hill, London, E1W 1AT

020 7702 2976 020 7702 2976

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Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-22:30
Tue 12:00-22:30
Wed 12:00-22:30
Thu 12:00-22:30
Fri 12:00-22:30
Sat 12:00-22:30
Sun 12:00-22:30

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3 Reviews 
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Carrie C

24 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Recommended by a friend and went there with the others twice. All of us were so impressed on the seafood starters and dishes - cooked with the best ingredients and being served on the table in perfect time - hot with excellent seafood smell that could swirl around the restaurant. Their service is almost perfect too - lovely staff and very attentive. This is a restaurant that I would love to keep on going.

Carrie C

19 September 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Excellent Fish Dishes & Oysters

Excellent services where the staff are all with passions - checking in randomly to see if anything is okay and if we enjoyed the food and drink. The food is amazing - the Oysters are fresh, fishes are cooked with a crispy texture with perfect taste. More surprising is the side - the potato side are matched with the best ingredients. We enjoyed the services, quiet environment and food & drinks very much. The price is quite reasonable given the perfect dishes and when compared to other seafood restaurant in the City Centre. Will definitely visit again for other occassions in the future.

Angel B

29 May 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Amazing and fresh fish

I had the Seabass Sashimi to start and Octopus for main both were full of flavour and very fresh. I love that the restaurant is dog friendly and dogs bowls are available upon request. Cannot wait to come back to try the razor clams.

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