They’re always worth shelling out for.
Especially when they’re being served up alongside all manner of aquatic tapas in the recently refurbed bar tacked onto one of London’s longest-standing seafood restaurants, J. Sheekey. Originally designed as an add-on oyster bar, the renamed Atlantic Bar has now become a destination in its own right, serving a wider range of dishes in sensitively revamped surroundings.
Fronted by a vibrant turquoise dining terrace, the interior maintains just the right level of continuity from the more formal, original restaurant next door. The sophisticated wood panelling and checkered floor snakes in through the adjoining door, but the seating here takes on an (appropriately) transatlantic feel, with art-deco inspired booth seating lining the room – dominated by a marble-topped, horseshoe-shaped bar overlooking the open kitchen.
It’s here that they’ll whip up your seafood smorgasbord. The emphasis here is on more informal dining than its neighbour, and so the menu is organised as a series of small plates listed under categories like shellfish, raw, and hot dishes, plated up in steady streams and whisked off to the tables orbiting the bar. You can take your pick from dishes like cod cheek and lobster gyoza or razor clams with ‘Nduja, or push the boat out with the tiered shellfish platters or Sheekey’s famed fish pie.
All this seafood comes swimming in a generous drinks offering, with a refined selection of wines (though you can order anything from the restaurant menu too), English sparkling wines, and wine-based cocktails (not quite as lethal as they sound). In winter, should the mood take you, you can also head out to the terrace to cosy up with a blanket, a good Scotch and a paired cigar.
And if we know your mood like we think we do, it totally will.
NOTE: J Sheekey Atlantic Bar is open daily from noon. It’s easier to walk in here than next door, but you can also book a table online HERE or by calling 020 7240 2565.
J Sheekey Atlantic Bar | 33-35 St Martin’s Court, WC2N 4AL
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