3 December 2013

Bibendum: Oyster Bar

Whether for a quick lunch stop or a more lingering dinner, Bibendum's the perfect choice. Quintessentially located in the iconic Michelin building and part-owned by design god, Sir Terence Conran, it's an unmissable Fulham Road stalwart. 

A 'crustacea stall' out front sells the freshest crab, lobster and oysters making it ideal to just swing by and pick up something for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Inside, you have the choice of the oyster bar on the ground floor or the slightly more formal restaurant upstairs. We were in the market for something relatively small but warming so waited about fifteen minutes before being sat in the downstairs atrium, next to the gorgeous marble champagne bar. Described as 'relaxed, luxurious but not pretentious' we found it so hard to choose from the lovely menu - which isn't all fishy for those belonging to the 'fish are friends not food' school of thought.

We started with the wafer thin parma ham and fennel salami on buttered sourdough toast with cornichons. At £6 each these were terribly moreish and so effortlessly tasty without spoiling the main affair of prawns sauteed with sherry, garlic, chilli and parsley (£9.50). A simple but utterly mouthwatering dish of six perfect prawns with enough sauce to be mopped up with lashings of fresh bread. 

In the words of Goldilocks, it was just right. If you're feeling a little bit indulgent, go for the incredible plateau de fruits de mer with crab, langoustines, fresh prawns, oysters, brown shrimps, winkles, whelks and a half lobster. And then die of seafood heaven. 

Photos taken from the Bibendum website

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