Since opening its first site in Amsterdam and now with four established sites in The Netherlands, aptly-named The Seafood Bar in Soho is the restaurant group’s first London venture. Set within a 1730 Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse on Dean Street, the family-run restaurant is known for serving super fresh seafood with a focus on shellfish.
The space has been designed by the team behind Sushisamba, albeit a toned-down version of the famous fusion restaurant, offering a clean, crisp, and comfortable style with large mirrors, slightly-dimmed, cosy lighting and a giant crab mural on the wall. With 190-covers and its doors staying open until midnight seven days a week, customers can feast on plates of seafood into the late hours of the night.
The Seafood Bar is probably most famed for its loaded seafood platters which come towering with various fruits of the sea: mussels, cockles, razor clams, brown shrimps, vongole, periwinkles, seaweed salad, oysters and more. Elsewhere, the menu is awash with a glorious selection of fish and seafood: caviar served with salmon, blinis, crème fraîche and walnuts, sustainably-bred oysters, crustaceans and mixed grills, catch of the day and mussels cooked ‘French style’. It’s not too high brow for good old fish and chips either which comes with fries, tartare sauce and salad.
The drinks menu is dominated by sparkling and white wines, naturally, as well as a list of fresh-sounding cocktails - Ocean Bloody Mary and three types of G&T to name a few. And if a drink at the bar is all you’re in town for, guests can nibble on a selection of fresh, fishy finger food such as sea bass ceviche, calamari and crab cakes.
These guys care about their environmental impact, too, partnering with Nordic Blu to source their sustainably farmed salmon and with the majority of its seafood being MSC or ASC certified. Plus, all its restaurants are powered by wind energy – neat.