Italian seafood restaurant, Food 4/5, Price ~£30 for a meal, Waiting time 10 mins/course, Atmosphere 4/5 , website
It’s the only place where you can buy oysters and lobster with the magic currency that is tesco clubcard points. 1000 points gets you £40 pounds to spend on food. Once, I had a pretty unremarkable but expensive portion of fish and chips here. This time, I decided to save up a bit more and have a shellfish platter with oysters and lobster. You can’t go far wrong when there’s such little cooking involved, right?
Indeed, the platter turns out to be good with heavenly oysters and giant, meaty prawns. However, the cooked mussels and clams have no seasoning whatsoever and are served ice cold. (Yes, I’m absolutely going to look this gift horse in the mouth.) At Loch Fyne, you can get the same sort of platter for about £45 with lovely warm moules marniere, but then again, they don’t accept clubcard vouchers (at least not right now). A Pescatori bread basket costs £3.50 and “discretionary” service totalled at £9 for a platter, chips, bread and one half beer. It’s understandable why all the other customers looked like the sort of people that’d be easily persuaded to get Sky, in HD, with all the channels. The smart-casual restaurant was fully booked on Saturday evening, so they must be doing something right for these people, even if it’s just the prime Mayfair location.