When it comes to fish restaurants, this city is a real catch – so Seafood Week (5-12 Oct) is a great excuse to celebrate the seafood scene at new and traditional venues.
Aptly named after the Roman god of the sea, Neptune (p. 64) recently opened in The Principal London hotel in Bloomsbury. The restaurant is a joint venture between chef Brett Redman and Margaret Crow, the duo behind The Richmond gastropub in Hackney.
The Grade II-listed dining room was designed by Russell Sage Studio, which also created The Savoy Grill, and Angela Hartnett’s Café Murano and Merchants Tavern.
While tall ceilings, columns and elaborate plasterwork make it suitable for a business lunch, at night the lighting softens the peachy walls, which are livened up with lipstick-red-and-pink velvet chairs, set against hanging plants, making it ideal for a romantic dinner.
For a light bite, try the caviar on potato waffles with Jersey cream; the smoked eel chowder, quail eggs and curry butter or oysters sourced from independent producers from around the UK.
Go big and order the made-for-Instagram seafood platter, which might include spider crab or scallop carpaccio. Mains include hake with butter beans; clam spaghetti in butter sauce; and wood-grilled, dry-aged Dexter steak.
Stay for cocktails at the pewter-top bar. Like Redman’s wine bar (Elliot’s in Borough) it features mostly natural wines, which are c