It’s no surprise the sensational Seafood Bar in London has been Michelin-recommended.
As the brainchild of Family De Visscher, this beautiful restaurant has made its way from Amsterdam to land in Soho, and it’s a real must-visit for seafood lovers. The food is fresh, delicious and moreish, which is hardly surprising seeing as it comes from the hand of Fons de Visscher, who worked for three decades as a respected fishmonger.
Ahead of its launch, I was lucky enough to go along and try what the London venue has on offer. The restaurant sure wasn’t short on atmosphere, with people positively fizzing at the thought of fantastic fish dishes heading their way.
The split level Seafood London restaurant sees a busy upstairs area play host to a counter of fresh fish, where you can cast an eye over what you’ll be eating that evening.
Quirky additions, including a sign reading ‘the world is your oyster’ and large crab murals pull you into the fun space, and it’s an eatery that’s not short of seating – an attractive offering for a London crowd. The team behind Sushisamba also took on the interiors of the Seafood Bar, and it’s safe to say they’ve hit the nail on the head.
Upstairs, it’s perfect for dinner with friends with a view of fresh fish and hustle and bustle inside the restaurant, and downstairs romance is rife as you are seated under low ceilings with candlelight aiding the ambiance. The open kitchen downstairs allows guests to watch as fish of all varieties are prepared pre-plate and the service is swift with a smile, and there’s a bar area to prop up at for an aperitif too. So, what did we eat?
Well, it was more a question of what didn’t we! We began with a delicious feast of oysters, which tasted so fresh and kept things light. A beautiful white wine accompaniment helped the aphrodisiacs to go down. The main event was the fruits de mer platter, which did exactly what it said on the tin.
The piled high was an eclectic range of fish, some of which I’d never even tried before. Presented in a tier system was lobster, North Sea crab, razor clams, langoustines, Dutch shrimps, and much more where that came from. As well as a populated seafood menu, the new haunt also boasts an attractive drinks offering, with wines, cider from the Ardennes, and cocktails ready to try.
The Seafood Bar is one of Amsterdam’s most popular eateries, and it’s sure to be a big catch now it has landed in bustling Soho too. Another attractive aspect to the restaurant is its focus on sustainability, and its partnership with Nordic Blu – the world’s most sustainably sourced salmon.