Last week we were invited to the infamous Quaglino’s set in the heart of St James to taste their Seafood platter.
The recently refurbished 4-star European brasserie was very glamourous indeed- dimly lit throughout, with the bar in the middle of the room illuminated. The atmosphere was pretty bustling for a Thursday night, stylish but relaxed. We were shown to our table - a large booth-by the friendly and attentive staff- and were presented with a glass of Prosecco to kick the evening off.
The table was then laid with the appropriate cutlery which included lobster crackers and shellfish forks. Then out came the HUGE Seafood Platter, served on a bed of ice, an overwhelming amount of fresh sea food. The delicious and indulgent platter included timeless piscatorial and crustacean classics, jumbo and king prawns, lobster, crab, marinated razor clams, mussels, and whelks.
We were offered a variety of sauces to accompany our seafood, red vinegar and onion which paired well with the mussels, seafood sauce and mustard with a selection of rye and white bread rolls. We were then treated to an unusual cocktail created by Quaglinos bartender Simone Caporale - a Bloody Mary with lobster bisque and Port added to it.
We were defeated. The platter was well and truly amazing but we did leave a little. It’s plenty for a group of 4, or a couple with a huge appetite. We did leave room for taster of dessert, however - I had a delicious praline and caramel sphere with hot chocolate sauce and my friend a crème brûlée which she seemed to very much enjoy.
Towards the end of our meal a live Jazz band played on the stage. This made for an even more lively atmosphere and added to our overall experience.
Whether you are on a date or catching up with a group of friends over a bottle of champagne, the Seafood Platter at Quaglinos is a great choice, especially if you are looking for something light but also filling and fairly guilt-free.