Asrestaurants and shops come and go in London, its nice to know there are some places that have stuck it out and stood the test of time. Randall & Aubin on Brewer Street is one of those places, a Soho institution that was originally founded as a butcher’s shop in 1908 and, since being converted in 1996, it has been one the area’s most popular restaurants. It’s a classic and cosy space, with many of the original shop fittings on display, and it’s been given just a touch of ‘Soho’ with a giant mirror ball that hangs form the ceiling. The menu is as classic as the space with a range of beautiful seafood and meats from the grill – it doesn’t get much better than the huge fruits de mer, laden with oysters, crab, shrimp and much more.
We started with juicy grilled scallops with pancetta and garlic butter, as well as tuna carpaccio with sesame and soy – both fresh and flavoursome dishes. From the mains we loved the grilled sea bass served with curry-dusted potatoes and the classic Bouillabaisse stew made from mixed West Country fish, spiced croutons and aioli. And for dessert it has to be the lemon tart with spiced mango and blood orange sorbet.
14- 16 Brewer St, Soho W1F 0SG