Within a quick walk from an evening spent with Helen Mirren (at the Gielgud Theatre) my husband and I found ourselves outside J. Sheekey. The long red awning along the front facade invites you inside to London's premiere fish house. As we were late diners (10:15 reservations), the restaurant was buzzing with activity--the servers and staff participating in a culinary choreography that would rival the Royal Ballet. Seated at a quiet corner table, we enjoyed a quick pre-dinner drink and began our delicious journey with gull's eggs and Cornish Rock oysters both of which we had never experienced before but will be repeating as often as possible! The starters' presentations were lovely yet very practical--no wasted special utensils or garnishes. We both savored mains of grilled dover sole--flaky, fresh and fantastic.
While the hubbub and noise level might deter some potential diners, it somehow fit the surroundings and you feel part of the evening's performance--all without those uncomfortable pointe shoes. If it's fish you favor, J. Sheekey beckons.
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