Been to Pescatori? No? Well you should.
There are two restaurants one in Mayfair and one in Fitzrovia and it was the latter that we visited on a Wednesday night, because it was midweek and everyone needs a midweek pick me up. Fact.
From the street, the restaurant was inviting with twinkling lights dotting the terrace and inside it was kept simple with white washed walls, curved arches and a mix of intimate booths and long tables. If they were going for a family run tavern meets London restaurant feel then they’ve succeeded. It was relaxed and informal – even if we appeared to be the only diners in there who weren’t businessmen.
The cuisine, if you can’t guess from the name, is Italian seafood, with the menu offering pasta dishes, sharing platters, oysters and a small meat section -which we were told not to choose from. It did strike me as odd to have a meat section at all if they were advising not to order from it, but then I suppose you do get the odd few who have no interest in fish yet still stubbornly choose a seafood restaurant- why, I’ll never know.
We started with a generous helping of toasted bruschetta topped with pickled Dorset crab and avocado. Grilled Cornish squid had a good texture but the flavour was lost to the Calabrian sausage that accompanied it, it was smoky, intense and outshone the squid.
We took the restaurant’s recommendation of choosing the special for the day which was a salted sea bass, light and flaky we chose the spinach with chilli to go with it. They bring it over whole, skin and debone it for you, which, if you are like me and still battled with various fish bones, is a blessing. The spaghetti cabonara di mare was a lighter take on the classic cabonara and was filled with mussels, salmon, cod and rocket; as the manager said it was pretty much healthy, omega-3 and all that, healthy or not it was delicious, less creamy then normal but just as flavourful.
If you still have space then order the blueberry cheesecake, it’s well worth it; although a chocolate pot with soft caramel left us defeated – a ganache like texture it was extremely rich and a couple of mouthfuls were enough even for pudding connoisseurs such as ourselves.
Go, order the crab, take a good look at the specials, indulge in a Bellini or two, just make sure you order fish, it is a seafood restaurant after all.