J. Sheekey | Seafood Restaurant
Hearing the phrase “The world is your oyster” is pretty upsetting if you’re allergic to seafood.
But if you’re not, that’s wonderful news because
1) it means you can go to Sheekey’s, and
2) that means the world really is your oyster.
It’s hard to picture the humble beginnings of J. Sheekey as an 1890s market stall when you walk in the door and are swept into its wood-panelled, crisp-napkined and charmingly-waiter’d embrace. It’s like the restaurant equivalent of a lovely warm bath.
Tucked discreetly away from the madness of Leicester Square down a little side-street by the Wyndham Theatre, Sheekey’s decor is elegant and unfussy, leaving the spotlight to shine on the excellently sourced and prepared seafood. Dishes where the quality of the catch speaks for itself – such as the lightly dressed crab, and, of course, the oysters – sit alongside starters where the chef has more influence, such as the chargrilled slivers of squid and avocado, which arrive drenched in a harissa dressing. The mains, meanwhile showcase a range of different sea creatures; from melt-in-the-mouth stone bass with prosciutto and razor clams served in their long shell, to pan-fried slip soles and a shrimp and scallop burger. And if you haven’t gone completely overboard with the seafood, there’s decadent Cru Virunga chocolate tortes and black fig and burnt honey tarts to be found on the dessert list.
And, lest we forget the pearl in the oyster – they do some spectacular cocktails, like the Eastern Promise, with vodka, fresh strawberries and bubbling over with prosecco, or the 28-35, a concoction packed with gin, English sparkling wine and enough cucumber to make you realise that the world’s most lacklustre vegetable actually does have a flavour. Revelatory.
And remember: there’s just one rule with all this delicious food.
Don’t be shellfish.
NOTE: J. Sheekey is open seven days a week for lunch, pre-, mid-, and post-theatre dinner. Booking is very much recommended and can be done over the phone or online HERE.
J. Sheekey | 28-35 St. Martin’s Court, WC2N 4AL
Photo credit: Sim Cannety-Clarke and Romas Foord
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