The Seafood Bar – one of Amsterdam’s most popular & extolled eateries – is now open in Soho.
If you’d like the backstory it’s a family run affair which started back in 2012 after fishmonger Fons de Visscher decided that after three decades of selling restaurant-quality fish, he may as well buy some of it himself – presumably at a discount – to serve up inside his very own restaurant. So he did just that – roping his kids in, in the process… and it clearly all worked out pretty well.
The Soho venue’s been designed by the team behind Sushisamba, though here they’ve been considerably more restrained. It’s simple and elegant, but reserves a little moodiness too thanks to its subtle lighting – making it almost feel a little as though you’ve stepped into a glass of dry rosé. The main dining space is overlooked by a huge crab (in mural form, thankfully), and there’s an actual bar too, for those who enjoy watching the chefs in action.
And it is those chefs who will be helping The Seafood Bar live up to its name by serving up every type of fresh, sustainably sourced item of seafood under the sea – from lobster soup, razor clams and crab cakes to ceviche, caviar and oysters. And while, yes, you can get buttered sole, or a whole lobster scorched on their huge plancha-style grill, the main event is most certainly one of the towering seafood platters that have helped make The Bar’s name in Amsterdam. Choose one for yourself – or spring for a veritable seafood skyscraper to share – and it’ll come loaded with clams, shrimps, crab, oysters, langoustines, mussels, and a whole lot more.
To drink there’s an understandably white-heavy list of wines, as well as cider from the Ardennes, and a few cocktails – you’ll find a quartet of G&Ts, an Ocean Bloody Mary (which comes with its own oyster) and a bracingly refreshing Sgroppino which blends prosecco with vodka and lemon sorbet…
NOTE: The Seafood Bar is open now – you can check out their website, and make a booking right HERE.
The Seafood Bar | 77 Dean Street, W1D 3SH
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