For over 150 years, fabulous fish and shellfish in a grand, club-like, and appropriately pricey Mayfair setting; and good for celeb-spotting.
Now inevitably linked with Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson, Scott’s had for the previous 162 years been best known for its fish. And with good reason: the seafood here is first class. The centrepiece of the restaurant is a grand oyster bar where Mayfair types sip flutes of Gaston Chiquet and feast on fines de claires by the dozen.
In the club-like seating area, diners get stuck in to Cornish sardines laced with parsley, sautéed monkfish cheeks with bordelaise sauce, and scampi provençale. We rhapsodised over the bass ceviche, a cheeky number bolstered by chunks of avocado, pepped up with a decent dose of jalapeño. We were also impressed with a tender halibut fillet and a meaty seared sea bass, swirled with lemon and herb butter and served with a heart-stopping mash.
The only slight disappointment was a side salad made with lacklustre tomatoes, but any doubts were assuaged by the magnificent desserts (don’t miss the bakewell pudding). Prices are steep bordering on vertical, but for an occasional treat and a touch of sleb-spotting, Scott’s is worth the expense.