Wright Brothers has everything a good seafood bar needs: fresh catch, fresh ice, sunny service and cool marble counters. The owners are also shellfish merchants and oyster farmers, so the many oysters, crabs, prawns and lobsters on offer are all tip-top. This is their third London restaurant, and in my estimation, the best of them so far. The best, because it’s more tucked away than the busy barrel of eels that is their Borough pied-à-terre, and it’s neater and more succinct than their sprawling Soho premises.
Oysters are one of the few foods we share with our early human ancestors, and their salty, metallic aroma and taste remain primordial. Moving forward many millennia, the deep fryer is used here to good effect on baby squid, sand eels, brown shrimp and prawns. A shellfish bisque – made authentically by using the shells – was a suitably rich accompaniment to a relatively pallid crabmeat-filled omelette.
Old Spitalfields Market is crammed to the gunnels with dreary, formula chain restaurants, but Wright Brothers is not one of them. It has vitality, helped along by a spiffing drinks list: good wines by the glass, good beers by the bottle. High stools at the bar counter encourage you to chat with your neighbour, and the staff are engaging and lovely. There are some formulas best not tampered with, and the classic seafood bar is one of them.
|Venue name:||Wright Brothers Spitalfields||Contact:|
8-9 Lamb Street
|Opening hours:||Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-9pm Sun.|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £100|
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One of my favourite places to meet friends and entertain in East London/City. They have oysters on offer at £1 each between 3-7pm everyday and the oysters are amazing. And if you don't like the(wide variety of) fresh oysters on offer, you can get the fried ones - which are equally delicious.
Lovely cocktails, wine and impeccable recommendations from Staff who know their offerings and advise on great pairings.
also a great place for first dates and a place to bring someone you want to impress