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The 100 best dishes in London: Seafood dishes

For the finest seafood served in London, here's our selection of the best fishy dishes

Pa jeon at Cah Chi

Despite not being right in the New Malden Korean heartland, Cah Chi is the jewel in the crown of south-west London’s Korean restaurant scene, and produces the full range of Korean home-style cooking. Blood pudding or hot chilli dishes aren’t for everyone, so we recommend starting with something simpler, such as pa jeon. This spring onion and seafood pancake is served sizzling hot, then cut at the table with scissors. It’s light and delicate, with a freshness imparted by the frying process that is distinctively Korean. Staff are happy to choose dishes for you, if you’re not sure what to order.

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Cottenham Park

Grilled razor clams at José

Dishes from ‘ la plancha’ – the hotplate grill – was one of the trends to be embraced by London’s Spanish restaurants in the Noughties. José, a tiny wine bar in Bermondsey that arrived in 2011, has a good plancha, and if you’re in the right spot you can watch the mini galley kitchen at work. From the day’s specials board, you might find superb razor clams cooked to order. On our visit the chicory was also grilled to order, served with shards of walnut and a sharp Picos de Europa blue cheese: marvellous.

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London Bridge

Soondooboo chigae at Koba

The wibbly wobbly cauldron of deep-red spicy seafood stew (chigae) with curdled tofu (soondooboo) at this mid-priced Korean restaurant isn’t as scary as it looks. There’s a kick, yes, but it’s far from the two-chilli annotation next to its name on the menu. We’ve had this dish here dozens of times and think it’s still the best version in town: the hidden poached egg with its perfectly runny yolk is the best bit.

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Robata-grilled scallops at Roka

Roka still impresses with its mastery of the Japanese-style robata grill, which dominates the capacious dining room, and unsurprisingly, grills are highlights of the menu. Order the inch-thick scallops, peppery and sweet from the mix of shiso cress, a slick of soy and a dollop of wasabi cream; or the satisfyingly crisp and umami-packed chicken wings with sea salt and lime. The rest of the menu features the likes of yellowtail sashimi with truffle yuzu dressing, and ‘Roka dishes’ of creamy, risotto-like rice hotpots and black cod dumplings.

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