Prawn On The Lawn | Islington Restaurant
You know that cosy, candlelit, unsuspectingly romantic seafood restaurant you’ve always wanted to stumble upon whilst walking the cobbled ocean-side streets of a small coastal English town?
Well Prawn On The Lawn is that place. In Padstow.
But also –
1) It’s in Islington, too. Meaning that you now don’t need to leave to London in order to enjoy same-day, fresh seafood in an intimate, small town setting.
2) It’s also a fishmonger. Meaning that the menu changes each day (depending on which fish is the freshest), and that – if you’d like to – you’re also able to take away your very own, professionally-seasoned and garnished seafood for home cooking later.
3) There are two levels. The upstairs shopfront and open kitchen where you’ll sit around old oak barrels and a copper wall-side bar while the chefs, with your assistance, select your preferred lobster, Padstow crab, oysters, caviar, fish and king prawns from iced beds of seafood before plating it up on traditional copper weighing scales. And, the downstairs basement restaurant in what used to be a butcher’s meat fridge.
4) It looks good. Because in addition to its polished slate floors, marble and copper table tops, and candle holders exploding with remnant wax, the owners have had to pull back three layers of tiles laid over 100 years to reach the original early 1900s butchery mosaic.
5) The menu is strongly Asian-influenced. Meaning that (depending on that morning’s catch) you can expect to be eating things like seared tuna with soy, mirin, spring onion & chilli, or a fresh whole Padstow lobster on ice.
6) There are cocktails. And beers. And a wine list devised by some of London’s finest seafood-pairing sommeliers which regularly changes alongside the dishes.
But is always delicious.
NOTE: Prawn On The Lawn is open Tues-Sat 12pm-12am, and Sun 11am-4pm. You can reserve a table on their website HERE – please let them know if you’re bringing a dog.
Prawn On The Lawn | 292-294 St Paul’s Road, N1 2LH
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