One of London’s most loved fish restaurants, J. Sheekey has long been a favourite of mine. Somewhere that you’ll always receive the warmest of welcomes, fantastic food and a convivial atmosphere, a place that’s just right for any occasion.
And with that being said, I was excited to hear about the launch of their new Sunday feasting menu featuring a selection of fish and seafood dishes in Sheekey’s inimitable style. There are four separate set menus for the feast though each has the same three starters and desserts, the variation comes with the main course but everything is served family style – so be prepared to share this amazing food. Kicking off with a beautifully light Gravalax with marinated cucumber and Swedish mustard dressing, you probably won’t be too surprised to read that I absolutely loved this.
Next beautifully creamy burrata with deliciously charred fingers of focaccia, Marinda tomatoes and a healthy helping of pesto. Now I do warn you, this is the only non-seafood dish on the set menu so be prepared for a pescatarian banquet and don’t order it if you’re not a fish fan.
The final starter was a dish I’ve often ordered at J. Sheekey, chargrilled squid and avocado with datterini tomatoes and a fantastic whack of chilli heat from the harissa dressing.
As I was at J.Sheekey for a press launch, I was able to try two of the main courses offered on the lunch menu.
Salt baked seabass (on the £65 set menu) is my favourite thing ever and as you can imagine I was in heaven surround by all this fish. It’s presented whole and on the bone before it’s taken away and filleted for the diner’s ease.
Whenever we come to J Sheekey or sister restaurant Scott’s I’m always so overwhelmed with choice by the amazing seafood dishes on the menu, it’s hard to know what to have. And this restaurant seriously knows what its doing having served the finest food from it’s Covent Garden location for over 100 years, starting life as stall owned by J. Sheekey.
You can really feel the iconic history of the place throughout the four interconnecting rooms that make up the restaurant, as the walls are lined with photographs of 20th century actors inspired by the restaurant’s location in the heart of theatre land.
I think you’ll agree with me that this mixed platter is a shellfish lovers dream, with the finest quality lobster, langoustine, scallops, tiger prawns and razor clams simply swimming in decadent garlic butter and mixed in with sea vegetables. At £75 per person, this is the most expensive main course option of the four menus, but it’s well worth the extra money. For a slightly less extravagant option, there’s grilled mixed seasonal fish with herb butter at £58.50 and the char grilled turbot at £68 per person. All of these are served with seasonal vegetables and chips. Cos you can’t have fish without chips…
The tri0 of desserts included refreshing golden pineapple with pomegranate and coconut and lime sorbet, the perfect melting chocolate fondant with hazelnut and praline ice cream and vanilla panna cotta with Yorkshire rhubarb and crushed ameretti.
And because we were there on pancake day, we were given a little bonus!!
It goes with out saying that I enjoyed feasting on the finest fish and seafood at one of my favourite restaurants and I highly recommend you head down too!
The four feasting menus are available every Sunday from 12 noon until 3.30pm and are priced from £58.50 per person. The same menu must be ordered by the whole table and orders need to be made 48 hours in advance.
28 – 32 St Martin’s Court
020 7240 2565
I was hosted at J. Sheekey as part of a press preview.