Scotts started out as a simple oyster wharehouse back in 1851. Later, in the 40’s and 50’s it became a firm celebrity favourite and an important venue for the great, the good and the Godless.
After it’s closure in 2004 it exploded back onto the London restuarant scene and is nowone of the world’s best Fish resturants pulling in an ecclectically hip crowd of fashion types, political tycoons, rock musicians and writers.
Martin Brudnizki who is responsible for the opulent and dazzling decor of sumptous dark lacquered wood polished crystal chandlier and shinny glass mirrors has taken the style and grandeur of the 1940’s and created a sinfully decadent space oozing with glamour and glitz.
The whole space dominated by an enormous Oyster Bar the top of which is draped in stingray skin and green onyx. All around are chairs and tables which surround an impressive array of crustaeans and shellfish all on display for everyone to marvel at and eat of course!
Home to some of London’s most gifted artists the resturant showcases some of the best works of the contempoary London art scene including Tracy Emin and Damien Hirst.
But what of the food?The gorgeous yummy fish ?
It cannot be faulted . The menu provides a lively and diverse selection of irresistible dishes : from traditional sea food , seasonal meats as well as modern upbeat dishes too. There is a full vegetarian option for those who are carniverously challenged.
The winelist is one of the best in London and offers a tempting choice of complimetary flavours and bouquets to accompany the food.
To start I had Occtupus Capacio seasoned lightly with spring onions , chili and corriander. Fresh and flavoursome it twinkled on my tastebuds and had a light deftness. My dining partner oohed and aaahed over a Betroot Salad spiked with watermelon and the tang of fresh feta cheese.
As a main I opted for the Dover Sole with brown shrimp butter . It was firm and melt in the mouth delicious sliding effortlessly from plate to mouth in seconds and grilled to perfection. My friend decided on lobster grilled. A stunningly simple truly elegant dish that was sweet and bursting with flavour. We both had sides: mine spinach neatly steamed he went for a mixed selection of fresh summer vegetables with chevril.
To round off my meal I couldn’t resist one of my all time favourite deserts: Eton Mess a supremely decadent dish of strawberries and crushed merringue with lashings of thick double cream. A more refined choice for him : Fig Tart with honey yogurt ice cream. It was utterly divine like a mini symphony on the tongue .
The wines we chose were just as pleasurable as the food . I chose the Polenta Estate Chardonay 2006 : a top quality wine infused with delicate notes of citrus which was light and had a soft creamy finish. He had a more full bodied wine from the Dog Point Vineyard Marlbourgh 2006 which was rich and resonant with a strong tropical aroma and an acidic balance making it work brilliantly well with the Lobster.
The refined but honest cusine , the strikingly lavish interior , the discreet and smooth service all combine to make this one of the most outstanding Fish restaurants in London and long may it continue .
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