Tag: seafood

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There's no need to go to the seaside to grab some great seafood - these days you can simply head to Dalston.

With amazing oysters as well as mussels and a seaside feel you'll almost be able to imagine the coastal breeze!
Mussel Men is ever-committed to bringing the finest, fresh and reasonably sourced, seafood to London and do so with a dash of jovial seafaring spirit! From Marinière to Vongole, the summer menu features an array of inventive seafood dishes alongside summer holiday classics.
Our favourites form a brilliantly affordable new menu include:

  • Cured Salmon, Pickle Candy Beets & Homemade Horseradish Ricotta (£8)
  • Hand Dived Scallop, Haggis Crumble, Cauliflower, Prunes & Radish (£11)
  • Cumbrae Oysters from Scotland (x3 £7.50, x6  £13.50, x12  £25)
  • Saffron & Turmeric Moules Marinière in a creamy, velvety, zesty broth (£14)
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Delicious seafood feasts can be enjoyed in the sun-trap garden (for when the weather perks up a bit!) or in the nautical interior and new bar area. Mussel Men provides the perfect spot to stowaway for an evening of 'Mussel Mary' and 'Bucky Bomb' cocktails, with friends or a for a fun-filled date night - just make sure you try the sparkling red. Alternatively challenge staff to a thumb war for a free cocktail and impress your date (so long as you win).
As Dalston picks up and up when it comes to dinner and evening haunts Mussel Men is a strong and different string to the area's bow.  We're so happy they're now have a permanent home!

 

584 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AH

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Seafood lovers London Shell Co. are offering up a great option for Mother's day this year. Ditch the flowers or whatever else you've been buying on a yearly repeat and do something a little different.

London Shell Co are creating a subtly changing menu for both lunch and dinner based around old vs new England aboard floating restaurant, My Fair Lady on Regent’s Canal.

Siblings Harry and Leah Lobek match delicious rare wines with a carefully chosen seafood menu that involves classics such as oysters and clam chowders, simple food done really well and with an added understated flare.

The canal boat will take you from Camden to Little Venice, creating one London’s unforgettable dining experiences and during your dining you can expect poetry, a lovely introduction on what you'll be eating and drinking and music. The atmosphere is more than friendly and any Mum would be pleased as punch with the outing.

Inspired by the oyster bars and crab shacks of New England, Harry and Leah have focused on the culinary and maritime customs of the North Atlantic and its historic trade routes. Signature dishes include a lunchtime New England Clam Chowder (severed in hearty bread bowls) and an elegant seafood platter for the dinner sittings. Throughout the journey, Harry and Leah, as well as the menu’s food and wine suppliers (Wright Brothers and Hattingley Valley), share their relaxed and informed knowledge of the produce. A real delight for those interested in understanding where their food comes from.

Tickets are available at Grub Club and includes wine with each course for £40 per person for lunch and £60 for dinner.

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crab1 A pop up you have to get to if you're a crab lover this winter!

Mayfair known to be home to the most eye wateringly expensive establishments that often do not live up to their price tag. HOC is currently a pop up just off Bond Street that not only lives up to expectations but comes at a very reasonable price due to its rather ad hoc venue- note- you are here for crab, not for extravagant surroundings. Saying this, the manager is cute, friendly and eager to tempt you with more cocktails than what you see on the menu which is a nice way to start (eager to please isn’t always what London’s service industry is famed for!!).  The Crabby Mary is a must, served with a crab claw garnish and shaken up with a dash of crab bisque in line with the theme. 

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A simple menu with twists for crab lovers and a non-fishy option for those tagging along with crustacean enthusiasts. Crab mac and cheese- heaven in a clay-pot. The crab roll brioche is so soft it feels like clouds in your mouth whilst stuffed with different choices of crab with a humorous word play on the styles such as the Singaclaw (white and brown crab meat, hot sauce, sesame seeds, nori and coriander) or the Mexican version goes by the name of El Jimaclaw (white and brown crab meat, avocado, chilli, coriander and sour cream). The list of sides is short and sweet with offerings such as seaweed or rosemary fries and a crisp and fresh samphire salad which complement the rest well.

Dinner was deliciously delectable yet I cannot help but feel that the boys running it need a women’s touch to add a few simple marine comforts to enhance the atmosphere. It would entice people to stay a little longer than for a quick bite before putting their sail to the wind.

The four rolls on offer are -

  • Clawpedo - Salcombe brown and white crab meat, house alioli, radish and apple (£8.50)
  • The Crabfather - Salcombe brown and white crab meat, confit tomato, burata cream and crispy pancetta (£9.50)
  • El Jimaclaw - Salcombe brown and white crab meat, vocado, chilli, coriander and sour cream (£9.50)
  • Singaclaw - Salcombe brown and white crab meat,hot sauce, sesame seeds and coriander (£9.50)

House of Crab, 81 Grosvenor St, London W1K 3JY  is open until January 2015. Opening hours: midday until 10pm Monday to Saturday. Keep up with their news on Twitter @houseofcrab

Words: Alicia Pasley-Tyler

The Wright Brothers open in South kensingtonThe Wright Brothers Oyster specialists and seafood wholesalers, are set to bring their renowned oyster and seafood dining experience to west London for the first time with their new South Kensington restaurant.

The much anticipated opening will be located at the former site of La Bouchée, on Old Brompton road, and will showcase the finest oysters from the Wright Brothers’ own Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm on the Helford River and other regions in the British Isles, France and Canada.

Head Chef Philip Coulter who comes with 6 years experience at the helm of Wright Brothers Oyster & Porter House in Borough Market previously Racine, will be creating seasonal British food with a subtle French influence, in keeping with the restaurant’s intimate bistro atmosphere. Coulter will be overseeing a menu including the Wright Brothers’ iconic platters featuring the finest seafood from the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, Dorset, Cornwall, Portugal & Boulogne.

The popular Wright Brothers’ dressed oysters will come in a variety of styles such as Rockefeller, New Orleans and Spinach with Champagne sauce. The menu will showcase a selection of fish dishes from Herring roes on toast, Dover Sole Meunière, Grilled Lobster with garlic and parsley butter as well as a seasonal specials board.

The new location will also feature Wright Brothers’ first ever independent cocktail and oyster bar, The Mermaid. Cocktails and wine can be enjoyed with a selection of oysters, bar menu or a la carte menu. Wright Brothers’ renowned ‘pound a pop’ oysters will also be available during happy hours of 5pm to 6pm and 10pm to 11pm (Mermaid bar only) The intimate, stylish interior of the restaurant and bar provides an atmospheric backdrop for neighbourhood socializing, post work cocktails, an informal meal or late night drinks over a plate of oysters.

Interior designers, Brady Williams, whose previous work includes Fischer’s and The Delaunay, as well as the look and style of Wright Brothers’ Spitalfields and Soho sites, has taken inspiration from the classic seafood bistros of Paris.

Founder Ben Wright says “In the UK, an oyster is still seen as just an oyster but there are a whole variety, with different provenances and their own distinctive tastes and flavours that we can’t wait to introduce to the residents of South Kensington.”

Director Robin Hancock added; “We have always wanted to open in South Kensington, it feels like that little corner of Paris where we first began to dream about re-popularising the oyster in London.”

Wright Brothers South Kensington

56 Old Brompton Road

London SW7 3DY

billingsgate market seafood school

This Mother’s Day, Billingsgate Seafood School is hosting a special course to help all those planning an event or wedding or simply just wanting to treat their mothers to a special day out.  Billingsgate is offering an exclusive class for mothers and their daughters (or sons) to learn about preparing food and cooking for large events.  The class will also offer important tips on what to look for and ask when speaking with caterers.

This special day is hosted by the Principle of Billingsgate Seafood School CJ Jackson, who will show you both how to prepare and cook a whole salmon centre piece to really impress guests and show off your gourmet culinary skills.  The class will also demonstrate a selection of canapé dishes and give tips and ideas for catering for larger numbers, including catering quantities.

You will start the afternoon with a glass of bubbly and then top it off with a cream tea featuring delicious homemade salmon and chive scones and a selection of cakes.

So be it catering on mass, or a post/pre wedding day family lunch, this is the ideal class for anyone planning a wedding or party.

On March the 14th the class lasts 4 hours and costs £130 for two people from 2.30pm- 6.30pm. Booking is available at www.seafoodtraining.org