If you want to experience the ‘sun-soaked living of Southern California’ without actually leaving London, we have got just the right place to recommend you.
Newly opened in December 2021, Shutters is a contemporary seafood restaurant opening in the new Conrad designed, the hotel-style ground floor of One Canada Square. With an all-day city bar and dining concept, Shutters will make you fall in love with its Cornish fish and the Californian vibes!
Shutters is open seven days a week. So you can go there anytime, for a brunch from 8AM-11AM, or all-day dining from noon to 10PM.
Fancy an early brunch with a group of friends or alone? Or a cosy date late in the evening? Or a late-night drink with your colleagues after a hard day of work?
Shutters is a lovely place to meet for breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and drinks or to even hang out by yourself.
The team behind Shutters is a Cornish company ‘The Happiness Cartel.’ They also run a seafood restaurant – Shutters in Marazion, Cornwall.
However, the menu is quite different from the one I tried in London.
My experience of this expansive menu was brilliant.
‘SoCal meets South West’ vibes will definitely cater to every palette.
For starters, I tried fresh oysters with three variations of Tabasco hot sauce. Purists may prefer eating oysters with just lemon and Tabasco, but Shutters is challenging this thought with this amazing sauce and seafood combo.
The sauces pair amazingly well with the oysters, each offering its own unique flavour to the oysters. The best part is that you can control the amount of spice that goes in your oyster.
Being a spice lover myself, I had to dab a little extra of the sauce but you can always take it down by a notch if you like. This dish is a great option especially if you want to share food among a small group.
After quickly devouring this amazing appetiser, we were looking forward to more of their seafood dishes. Next, we tasted their braised and grilled octopus with a double-baked potato.
This dish was the shining star and the highlight of the evening. The braising made this big octopus tender, sweet and delicious, while the grilling made the outsides a bit crispy.
The smoked paprika accentuated the sweetness of the octopus. The confit garlic aioli adds a mellow flavour to the octopus without stealing the spotlight from it. Altogether, this was a very filling meal.
Although Shutters is primarily a seafood restaurant, they had quite a few meat-based dishes on the menu that we had to try. Hence, we decided to try their steak and see if it matched their seafood dishes.
The steak was cooked perfectly to a medium-rare. It was tender and juicy and complemented amazingly with the Albarino wine.
This is a hearty dish that can be easily shared with two people, although we doubt you’d be so generous once you taste the dish. The grilled tomato and fresh watercress add freshness to the dish and make it easily palatable.
Shutters have a plethora of dishes. Some of the dishes that we look forward to tasting next time are their Cornish crab nachos, Cornish hot shells and the Cornish mussels.
The grilled Cornish lobster seems to be appetising as well.
Shutters are also mindful of everyone’s dietary choices and have vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available for almost every dish.
They also have a kid-friendly menu consisting of nachos, cobb salad, Shutter’s burger and fish finger sarnie. I’d love to get spoiled here if I were a kid.
There’s a saying that goes ‘there’s always room for dessert’, we wanted it out by digging into some decadent desserts at Shutters.
We started with the Chiffon pie, which has a lemon-lime mousse, ginger-nut crust and meringue. I love all things tangy-lemony, hence winning my heart with this dessert was not difficult.
Although I am a fan of tangy foods, I wasn’t very impressed by the lemon sorbet, maybe because I generally don’t prefer orange-flavoured desserts.
For the last dish, we opted for the sweet mini-churros, which were served with a side of rich dulce-de-leche. The churros were crispy on the outside but soft on the inside, and paired great with the dulce-de-leche.
Drinks menu at Shutters
Located on the upper level of the restaurant is the Cartel, their dedicated cocktail bar inspired by Mexico. They offer mezcal, tequila, clean spirits and beer alongside a global cocktail list and of course, tacos.
Being hard-core coffee lovers, we had to try the Coffee Negroni (gin, vermouth Rosso, Campari and a shot of espresso) and the Kopi Bullet (Mr Black cold brew, vodka, espresso shot and condensed milk). I preferred the Kopi Bullet for the sweetness of the drink; however, many in our team loved the Coffee Negroni.
Since we had one too many mussels, prawns and beef steaks, we decided to wash our pallets with a bottle of their amazing Albarino wine. They have a surprisingly large option of red, white, sprinkling, Port and Sherry wines that you can opt for per glass or by bottle.
Shutters also have a #Ginuary festival, where you can try their Perfect G&T at just £5 (this is usually priced at £8.50). This drink is a heavenly combination of the Little Bird Gin, Fever-Tree Mediterranean with a Pink Grapefruit slice. This zesty, fruity drink is a must-have, so go make full use of this #Ginuary festival!
Should you visit Shutters?
We were blown away by the food at Shutters. So much so, that we included them in our article on the best seafood restaurants in London.
is a great place for any occasion – a quiet brunch by yourself, evening date or a late-night party with your pals.
The Eating in London team and I loved the seafood, the drinks and the vibe at Shutters. I know I am coming back soon to taste more of their exquisite seafood. The food is also fairly priced, especially since most dishes can easily be shared with two people.
Shutters have a high passion for seafood and source the freshest ingredients from local vendors. The menu at Shutters is designed to serve you the best flavours of cuisines all around the world.
I have visited so many restaurants in London, and let me tell you that some of the dishes at Shutters are so exclusive that you won’t find them anywhere else in London.
We hope this review has made you eager to visit this restaurant and have your taste buds explode with joy. Don’t forget to make the most of their #Ginuary fest. If you do visit Shutters, let us know your experience in the comments below.
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