I’ve been dying to eat at The Oyster Club since it opened, but thanks to lockdowns getting in the way, I’ve only just made it. The Oyster Club is by Adam Stokes, the chef behind Adam’s, so you know you’re going to get great food and great service.
Inside, the restaurant is all soft blues, greys and pinks, to reflect the colours of the inside of an oyster. You can sit up in the bar area, at the bar itself, or down in the main dining area. The lower dining area is in the same colour scheme but isn’t quite as light and bright as the bar area. Both spaces feel very calm thanks to the soft colour palette.
To start, my dining buddy and I decided to split some of the snacks. We shared the Smoked Haddock Scotch Egg (£.750), Crispy Scottish Squid (£7.50), and Tempura King Prawns (£10.50). The Scotch Egg was the highlight for me, with a good oozy middle. The king prawns were huge and plump, and the squid was delicious too. I was impressed with the portion sizes. Both of us got to eat plenty of everything, and there was enough that we didn’t have to feel like we had to carefully monitor how many prawns or pieces of squid we’d eaten to keep things balanced.
The Seafood Tagliatelle (£23) comes with prawns, squid, and mussels. The mussels were some of the biggest I have ever seen. There was so much seafood in this, swimming in tender pasta and a light sauce. Fat prawns, tender squid, and those vast pillowy mussels. I would definitely order this again.
As usual, I skipped dessert in favour of a cocktail. The Oyster Club does a couple of different versions of an espresso martini, including a decaf version, and I opted for the Macchiato Martini (£12.50). It’s a little more expensive than I’d usually like to spend on a drink, but it was very tasty.
I was thoroughly impressed with The Oyster Club, and it was well worth the long wait to finally eat there. The atmosphere is very calm, the food was delicious, and the service was friendly. I’d definitely recommend it. Obviously, most of the menu is seafood, but there some delicious-sounding non-fishy options for those who want something else. I was also pleasantly surprised by the prices. It’s not a cheap dinner, but it wasn’t as expensive as I expected it to be either.
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