For my belated birthday celebration, I got the opportunity to discover Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack. A cosy little restaurant that brings a taste of British seaside to London.
Once we were seated, the restaurant served us with complimentary breads while we waiting for the rest of our friends. I thought it was pretty to have the butter served on a seashell.
The first dish we started with some oyster and there are three different types of rocks to choose. I am definitely no expert in the different types and nor was any one on the table. Failing on getting any recommendation we decided on the Dorset Rock.
After the oysters we moved on to our starters. I had the Isle of Man Queen Scallops, Chorizo, Cauliflower, Apple, Lemon (£9) which was slightly disappointed. The dish had a strong pickle sour flavour which completely over-powered the scallops.
The best starters (pre-starters as on the menu) was the Salt Cod Brandade “Scotch Egg”, Smoked Taramasalata (£6).
For mains, I tried the Wild Cornish Brill served with Mussels, Spinach & Herb Gnocchi, Sea Vegetables, Champagne Butter Sauce (£26.50). It was a nice dish in terms of the combination of ingredients. However, the execution of the dish, I found the top of the fish was harder than you expect from a pan-dried fish and when it was not burnt. I felt the fish had been left for a while before it was served to the table.
When you think of British seaside then one dish has to be fish and chips. The restaurant served a Schiehallion Beer Battered North Sea Cod served with beef dripping chunky chips and mushy peas (£15). I would not say it was the best fish and chips I have had in London but it definitely was not the worse.
Although, the food could be improved I still think it is a nice seafood restaurant if you want a nice quiet and casual dinner. Being seafood it is not going to be rock cheap price, but it is not overly expensive compared to many seafood restaurant. We spent around £30pp inclduing service charge, for 2 courses with an oyster each and some drinks.
(Prices correct at the time of dining)
Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack
21a Foley Street,