Restaurant in London
Italian Seafood Restaurant
Pescatori is a delightfully friendly Italian restaurant in Fitzrovia serving the freshest of fish.
It was one of those very hot summer days when I had lunch here. I could very easily have been in New York City. The restaurant is long and narrow, just like so many restaurants in Manhattan with its wide open front and outside tables.
The fish is sourced from well managed and sustainable fisheries from the UK (Dorset and Scotland) and they even have their own buyer at Billingsgate Market who chooses the best products, meaning that the fish they serve is as fresh as possible. Their chalk board shows the market fish of the day.
What’s on the Menu?
The menu is seasonal and very straightforward, laid out all on one side of a large card and not too overbearing. On the July day I was there they had a nice selection of oysters from Ireland as well as 8 Antipasti.
We shared a plate of quite the most delicious raw seafood Carpaccio as well as some very tasty warm Tiger Prawns. Other tempting dishes included Devon Crab and Avocado salad, Sautéed Octopus with Jersey Royal potatoes and poached new season Asparagus with Parma Ham.
A fun thing to do if there are a few of you is to put together your own platter of seafood made up of Dorset Blue Lobster, West Coast Razor Clams, Shetland Mussels and Loch Crinan Langoustines to name a few or you can simply choose the Seafood Platter (Fruitti Di Mare Platter) for two to share, and the decision is made for you!
There is a nice selection of fresh pastas and risotto and I counted some 8 different main fish dishes (their speciality) plus one meat dish (Cornish Lamb cutlets). We chose the char-grilled Yellow Fin Tuna steak and fennel salad and fresh Dover Sole with steamed spinach on the side. I was tempted by the West Coast Scallops, baby squid and tiger prawn spiedino or butter poached Dorset Blue Lobster and was told that the Dorset Blue Lobster burger is excellent!
Whilst the dessert menu (Dolci) was incredibly tempting with the likes of Cream of Tiramisu, Buttermilk Pannacotta, Ginger and Chocolate Cheesecake and a very nice Italian cheese selection, I opted for a scoop of Italian Pistachio Gelati and an excellent illy espresso to round off what was a delightful lunch in a very relaxed atmosphere being looked after by friendly and attentive staff.
The Wine List
The wine list offers a good yet reasonably priced selection from Italy, France, Spain, South America and Australasia. We enjoyed a fresh, fruity and crsip bottle of 2011 Falanghina Beneventano, Bell’Amico at £5.95 a glass or £23.75 a bottle, which was perfect for the weather.
I should also mention that Pescatori also have another restaurant in Dover Street W1.
Open from 12noon to11pm, 11:45pm on Saturday. Closed all day Sunday.
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Need to book||Advisable|
|Clientele||Locals, business colleagues, leisure guests|
|Restaurant good for||Couples, Meeting up with friends|
|Cost per head||Medium|
|Dining Options||Lunch, Dinner|
Rustic Mediterranean ambience with suspended boat, reclaimed wooden floors, white table cloths and black & white photographs adorning the walls. The staff are extremely welcoming and the service is excellent.
Seafood Platter (for 2) from £35.95 per person. Oysters from £1.65 each; Antipasti from £6.95; Pastas from £11.50; Fish from £17.95. Desserts from £4.50. Wine from £4.95 a glass, £19.85 a bottle, average around £30 a bottle. Prosecco £6.95 a glass, £29 a bottle, Italian bottled Beer from £3.95. Liqueurs from £5; coffee & tea from £2.40.
Last updated on 06-03-2013