Having given our run down of the best alternative tartares in London, it’s only fare we give a run down of the best raw fish places in town. How can we not when it’s so permeated into the current zeitgeist. Appearing even more often than steak tartare these days, there are a number of places that specialise in it, be it prepared as tartare, ceviche or Japanese. This is our run down of the best places to head when you have a hankering for a raw meal (or is that just something I suffer from?)
J Sheekey Atlantic Bar
Hard to say what isn’t worth eating at the Atlantic Bar, but the oysters are of course top notch, while and the Stone Bass ceviche is a must that’s always on the menu when it comes to raw fish. Other top choices include the Salmon sashimi with ponzu dressing and squid ink crackers, and the Ahi Tuna Poke with peppered pineapple, avocado & sesame.
The name ‘Ceviche‘ of course gives away what they specialise in, simple ceviche with bold flavours and Peruvian ingredients that you wont find at other restaurants. Plus they make a mean pisco sour and other pisco based cocktails.
Lima/Lima Floral Street
The king of all Peruvian restaurants in London there is nowhere finer for delicate ceviche, but what would you expect from the UK ventures of South America’s best chef Virgilio Martinez (this is his guide to the perfect ceviche). Lima Fitzrovia has held a michelin star for a few years now, while Lima Floral Street in Covent Garden has a Pisco bar. If you haven’t tried a Pisco Sour yet, it’s time you do.
Bentley’s is home of stunning oysters and the best place to go for native oyster during there short season. You’ll also find raw giant cherry stone clams among the raw bar items, and while Japanese isn’t there wheel house, the sushi salad bowl (its actually a bowl of sashimi – prawns, scallops, tuna and more), is pretty damn fine.
This hidden gem of a Japanese restaurant has been sitting off Piccadilly for over thirty years. They serve the best and most competitively priced Japanese food in London, among the offerings are Sashimi, including the fatty prized belly of the tuna, scallops and buttery melt in your mouth salmon.