Wheeler's of St. James's Oyster Bar
For supper in the city one is presented with something of an overwhelming array of establishments, but I recently paid a visit to one that now has a firm place on my foodie radar. Marco Pierre’ White’s Wheeler’s of St James’s Oyster Bar & Grill Room in Bank has a rather delightful new menu, which you’ll definitely want to sample.
Elegant and refined, this place is a hidden gem. Located on Threadneedle Street, next to the Threadneedles Hotel, The Oyster Bar & Grill Room, is a new concept by Marco that looks to build on the history of Wheeler’s, famed for being the oldest fish brand in the world
There’s a separate bar area before the main restaurant, which even on a Tuesday evening, was buzzing with post-work diners. The restaurant itself is delightfully spacious (there’s nothing worse than feeling as though you’re dining in your neighbouring diner’s lap). With perfectly attentive staff and a peaceful ambience, we knew we were in for a treat.
Inspired by the simplicity of Marco Pierre White’s traditional French cooking, the new menu includes dishes such as roast chicken with woodland mushrooms, as well as classics such as the Wheeler’s fish pie.
We started with half a dozen oysters, perfectly accompanied with a delicious vinaigrette, and a baked camembert with toasted sourdough and roasted vine-ripened tomatoes. The Classic French favourite lobster thermidor was up next - creamy, cheesy and absolutely delicious, with chunky chips and side salad, washed down with a very lovely Riesling. Tricky though it was to find room for pudding, the Eton mess and warm chocolate brownie with ice cream were worth it.
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