Perfect Day for a JSheekey’s Visit

On that very special day of the year, only somewhere very special will do. For Valentine’s Day this year, my boyfriend chose JSheekey Oyster Bar for a treat. Why? Because I am notorious in my love of oysters and a bit of bubbly. Normally my oysters arrive by the side of the pier in a seaside place like Whitstable or hand-shucked myself, simply because fancy places are too rich for my pay grade. Look how excited I am! Also a great excuse for a little Valentine’s red!

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JSheekey’s originates back to 1800, a haunt of the rich and famous, apparently even the lovely Audrey Hepburn, and is considered one of the finest seafood restaurants in London. We arrived for a late lunch and were seated at a cosy little table for two, right next to an older couple who I could swear were on a blind date!

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Of course, we had to go for a first round of oysters and I got their special, the half dozen West Mersea Pearl Oysters and glass of Champagne for £18.75. This is a pretty good deal considering 6 of the West Merseas are £22 each. I dressed mine with the shallot vinegar but my boyfriend loved the other dressing, which I believe was the Hog Wash Sauce, rice vinegar with coriander and jalapeños.

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They were amazing and I loved them, however I wasn’t too pleased that they hadn’t detached the oysters from the shell that much. I don’t love having to poke them into submission with my tiny fork. Still, look at these beauties, I wish I was eating them again. We also ordered a batch of the Dungarvan oysters, which were my boyfriend’s favourite and happen to be from Ireland.

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We also ordered the shrimp gyoza and the crab and cognac soup but these were nothing to write home about really. However, if you pay a visit, make sure you treat yourself to some tempura oysters with wasabi dressing. For £3.75 each, they are certainly not a budget choice but wow do they pack a punch!

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I thought JSheekey’s would be a little stuffy and it certainly wasn’t relaxed but the clientele was pretty varied. Young couples in jeans mixed alongside a couple of suits and trendsetters. We had a lovely time and I adored it. Thanks for a special day.

And just because, we took a sneaky selfie in their glossy windows as we left.

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Ratings? Well 5/5, of course!

JSheekey Oyster Bar

28-34 St. Martin’s Court
London  WC2N 4AL
020 7240 2565

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