Whether you love seafood or you’re looking to surf a seafood menu a little more (pardon the pun), it can be overwhelming to know what restaurants are hot right now… or not.
You can pretty much find seafood on any menu in any restaurant, but it’s even better when you find a restaurant that ‘cod’ really become your new favourite to visit. There’s nothing ‘batter’ than eating seafood at a restaurant that specialise in catering for taste buds that enjoy fish, shellfish and more. So, a handy guide of knowing where to ‘mussel’ into this weekend makes the perfect guide for Londoners; old and new.
Irish chef Simon Whiteside knows a thing or two about seafood, so it is to no wonder that he’s now onto his second restaurant opening. Pop Brixton focuses on British and Irish coasts’ seafood. The menu is always being updated with new and wonderful dishes, so you are guaranteed to be able to try something new every time you return. There is even a daily fish special dish and desserts to tempt you afterwards.
Whether you fancy confit sea trout with sea greens and an oyster and sorrel emulsion or want to adventure into the salmon with horseradish; the entire menu sounds ‘defishious’ and it is lovely to see some traditional Irish take on things.
I suggest getting down there ASAP as it’s only open on certain days and times for lunch and dinner.
The Oystermen - Seafood Bar & Kitchen
Open 7 days a week and based in Covent Garden, The Oysterman is an unmissable seafood kitchen and bar. Run by Rob and Matt, they both share a deep love for seafood and so it was inevitable that a seafood dream restaurant was born in the heart of the capital.
Best known for their fresh and individually served oysters, it would be silly to not give their different range of oysters a try. You might want to try the oysters in a spicy buffalo sauce or wind down to the oysters lard with caramelised lardo black pepper. There are more seafood additions on the menu, including starters and mains. Of course, there’s some sweet treats and a bar menu to wash down the oysters with afterwards.
Spain meets the sea; literally. It’s to no surprised that Escocesa is a firm popular hotspot for its seafood, given that the restaurant originates from Spain, so you could say they really know their stuff. They have a big proportion of seafood additions to the menu but there’s also non-seafood options, which may be a great restaurant to dine at if you’re dining with children or diners who don’t like seafood.
The Spanish paella and garlic prawns are a firm favourite or if you’re a fan of octopus or you’re keen to try it for the first time, then you may want to try the pulpo marisco; grilled octopus with white beans puree and crispy capers – even better, this popular main dish is priced at less than £15.
There is a also a whole cocktail menu that you can explore.
Best known for their sweeter desserts (think crepes, cakes and ice-cream), Fredo’s LDN is an East London based restaurant that has a mixed menu with something for the entire family. Not only do they make delicious handmade wood-fired pizzas with signature and popular toppings, but they offer steaks, chicken, salads and of course, seafood.
Their seafood menu is much smaller and only offers a few different more well known dishes, but the flavours they use and food presentation makes Fredo’s LDN worth the visit.
There is also a vegan and gluten free menu available.
Suda Thai Restaurant
You can’t really beat asian restaurants that appreciate good asian food and therefore offer signature dishes that are never done the same anywhere else.
So, if you are trying to hunt down the best sushi or seafood, then Suda is a brilliant option. Afirm favourite that gets talked about a lot is the Talay Tad; a mixed seafood tray of king prawns, squid and mussels.
They also have crispy fried sea salt and pepper chilli whitebait fish which is a top dish in itself accompanied with chunky chips.
What one will you be visiting first? The options are endless!