09 Oct 2020
Championing the very best the ocean has to offer, we’ve picked our favourite places to celebrate National Seafood Week (9th – 16th October). From stunning sushi and sashimi selections at the critically-acclaimed Hot Stone and Akira restaurants, to stand-out platters at FishWorks and Michelin-starred menus at Bohemia, there’s something for everyone when it comes to fresh fish and seafood in London and beyond.
With three sites across London (Covent Garden, Swallow Street and Marylebone), FishWorks serves up the freshest fish and seafood, responsibly sourced from Devon and Cornwall’s fish markets and day boats. Showcasing the very best of the ocean, start with a selection of fresh Jersey oysters served with shallot vinegar and Tabasco. For mains, enjoy a grilled seafood platter, or dive into a warming seafood bouillabaisse where £1 from every order will be donated to the Fisherman’s Mission charity. Staying home a little longer? FishWorks is also available for delivery via Uber Eats bringing the restaurant experience straight to your door. Choose from the a la carte menu or FishWorks’ fantastic Oyster Box with a mixture of a dozen Jersey, Carlingford and Morecambe Bay oysters, an assortment of condiments all to be perfectly paired with a bottle of FishWorks’ Fernāo Pires white wine.
Heliot Steak House, Leicester Square
Don’t let the name fool you, the award-winning Heliot Steak House serves up much more than its renowned USDA prime steaks. Celebrate National Seafood Week in London’s vibrant Leicester Square where you will find a menu of oceanic favourites. Choose from the likes of Sea Bass Ceviche with a mango purée served on a show-stopping dry ice centre piece, followed by Crispy Soft Shell Crab paired with wasabi mayo and a kick of chilli. For extra indulgence, upgrade your steak experience and top it with Lobster Tail for a surf and turf style feast.
Hot Stone, Islington
What better way to celebrate Seafood Week than with award-winning sushi and sashimi at Islington’s exciting Japanese restaurant Hot Stone? Executive Chef Padam Raj Rai has 19 years of experience, having previously worked at Tsukiji within Mayfair’s Westbury Hotel, Nobu and Zuma, and Hot Stone easily rivals these with its selection of superlative seafood including razor-sharp maki rolls, new-style sushi and sashimi and hot dishes. Try a beautifully flaky, 48-hours marinated black cod; a fatty tuna, horenso gomae and caviar maki roll; or scallop carpaccio with truffle ponzu and plum sauce, all expertly made to order and exquisitely presented in smart wooden boxes and on beautiful Japanese ceramics.
Not your average seafood dish, sea urchin is a delicacy not to be missed! At acclaimed Japanese restaurant Akira you can eat it three different ways, including the indulgent salmon and tuna egg crêpe roll and truffle cream sauce and the sea urchin sashimi with Tosa jelly. Sweet and salty, fresh and melt-in-the-mouth, some call it the ocean’s answer to foie gras as very little seafood has that kind of all-encompassing flavour. If sea urchin isn’t your thing, Akira also specialises in an array of sushi and sashimi, almost too pretty to eat.
Aquavit London, St James’s Market
Michelin-starred Aquavit London offers Nordic-inspired cuisine created by Head Chef Jorjon Colazo. In true Scandi style, seafood features prominently on the menu, making Aquavit a must-try this Seafood Week. Highlights on the menu include smoked Devon eel with pan-seared foie gras, apple and aquavit; shrimp Skagen; and langoustine bao buns with seaweed mayonnaise, pickles and coleslaw.
The Hunter’s Moon, Fulham Road
A charming pub and dining room on Fulham Road, The Hunter’s Moon offers modern-European cuisine in a cosy yet stylish setting. If you’re seeking next level seafood, The Hunter’s Moon has you covered with a tempting menu featuring delights such as scallop ceviche with whipped avocado, picked ginger and ponzu dressing; and Cornish seabass with hispi cabbage baby leeks and roast chicken butter sauce.
A modern-European restaurant on Marylebone’s bustling Thayer Street, XR offers a unique menu of seasonal dishes and large sharing plates. The perfect choice for Seafood Week, opt for the 1kg sea-salt crusted seabass, drizzled with lemon and olive oil and served with your choice of two sides. It’s a real showstopper and sure to impress.
The only Michelin-starred restaurant on the island of Jersey, Bohemia offers fine-dining from Head Chef Callum Graham. Spoilt for choice with incredible local Jersey produce and seafood, as well as ingredients from France just 14 miles away, the menu at Bohemia is unlike any other. This Seafood Week, indulge in delicious dishes such as heritage tomato terrine with local crab salad; pan-fried Brittany seabass with red pepper and harissa purée; and courgette textures with braised octopus and roasted tomato sauce.