Jul 30

Pescatori – £23 3-course lobster lunch in London

I’ve found a wonderful place for daytime eating in central London, which is great value for food of this quality. I like my lunch early. Basically 11am is not too early. So I was pleased to hear that Pescatori, the Italian & seafood restaurant just north of London’s Oxford St has launched a great value, £23, 3-course lobster lunch AND it starts from 12 noon (running through to 6.45pm, Monday to Friday).

Incidentally, I also like an early dinner, so I can take advantage of cheaper menus which end at, say, 7pm. The other day my husband had a steak for £5.95 (plus a £2 supplement, but still cheap) at the King William IV pub in Hampstead, including all the trimmings (Bearnaise sauce, chips, salad). We ordered at 6.50pm, so were just in time. I had the Thai Green Chicken Curry with rice plus one massive, slightly phallic prawn cracker, for £5.95 too. Bargain.

photo: Sarah LockettAnyway, back to Pescatori. I decided beforehand to have the best-selling main course – Dorset Blue lobster burger in a sesame bun with tomato hollandaise, salad and fries (I declined the bun).  For starters I had Oysters Pescatori with fresh lemon squeezed over (although there was also shallot vinegar, which I think overpowers them). photo: Sarah LockettI love oysters. They always feel like a luxury, treat food and yet a serving of six raw oysters contains only approximately 57 calories. What’s not to like? In this case there were three, which I would have served on a smaller plate because they looked a bit lost! Scrummy though. They went perfectly with the complimentary glass of Prosecco we received. My lovely companion, the massively talented TV Producer/Director/Cameraman/Editor went for the Devon Crab & Avocado, which he pronounced “absolutely delicious”.  The final starter available on this special lunch menu was Poached new season asparagus with Parma ham & Piemonte Dolcelatte, which was a lesson in making the mouth water with menu-writing. My lobster burger was moist, moreish and savoury, and the chips light and dippable in the tomato mayo – oops, sorry – hollandaise.  Jamie, who had just nipped round from his base at the award-winning PR company Topline Communications, tucked into Monkfish and Scallop risotto, which was both tasty and filling – we like a generous portion. If we’d wanted meat we could have had New Season Cornish Lamb Cutlets.

photo: Sarah LockettWe weren’t too stuffed to have pud (you have a separate stomach for desserts) so I opted for the two scoops of gelati or sorbettis – white chocolate and dark chocolate, which were studded with real chunks of quality choc – and were delicious. Jamie had the Cream of Tiramisu, which came in a tuile basket, and was sweet, voluptuous and rich.

photo: Sarah LockettWe could have sat on the front terrace, which was sunny, as the traffic was quiet, but instead we got one of the cosy booths inside. Perfect for a business lunch, with tasteful, non-intrusive background music and attentive staff. The loos are nice too – always a good litmus test.

Pescatori, 57 Charlotte Street, W1T 4PD  Tel: 020 7580 3289

Reviewed 2012

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