Born as a pop up stall in Hackney, Bonnie Gull is now all grown up and has firmly placed itself as one of London’s most up and coming seafood restaurants. Placed neatly on the corner of Hanson Street, Fitzrovia in Central London this small taste of the sea restaurant is a delight.
On arrival I was surprised at the size of the restaurant, I imagined it to be bustling with waiters dashing around taking orders but instead greeted by an intimate and cosy seaside café setting. A wonderful relaxed ambience compared to the affluent surrounding restaurants.
The restaurant had a nautical theme in keeping with the seafood cuisine. A roped wall hanging outlining the ocean and its waves, blue and white striped awning, cotton white table linen and bar counter contrasted against the blue and silver cutlery is clean, simplistic and sleek.
The menu is subject to the day’s catch, but there was only one thing I wanted.. CRAB!.
A whole Devon cock crab, served with French fries, crunchy salad and sour dough bread. The chips were cleverly served tucked into the empty crab shell. Fabulously salted and crunchy with a fluffy inside is a perfect accompaniment to the sweet chilled meaty crab. The clawed fella was completely fresh.. no fishy smell what so ever! . I could have done without the bread as the crab and fries were filling enough, the salad was a nice palette cleanser to make way for dessert.
My blogging contributor for today was my bestie Jelena who went for the Beer Battered North Sea Haddock, beef dripping chips, mushy peas and shack made ketchup. Having had our fair share of fish n chips it took a lot to impress us and it did! The light batter coating remained crisp without turning soggy. The haddock was creamy, flaky and fleshy a perfect dish for a grey winter’s day. The chips were well seasoned thanks to the beef dripping and the homemade ketchup was fantastic not over loaded with sugar, and with a tang.
Onto to dessert and I was in the mood for something sour and went for the Lemon Curd tart with a yoghurt parfait and lime syrup. Absolutely divine! Not scrunch up your face sour just right. The tart packed a citrus punch, perfectly cooked pastry and a beautiful yellow curd. The parfait was parfait! cooling, creamy and neutral in flavouring which balanced the dish well against the bitter lemon and sweet lime syrup.
Jelena opted for the homemade brownie with clotted cream. Still warm from the oven it was devilishly good. A generous wedge portion of dark (but not bitter) chocolate remained gooey in the middle with a cracked top, comforting, heavenly delicious and could of eaten four more!.
Although slightly out of my usual budget Bonnie Gull is definitely worth the money. The dishes were fresh, presented well and staff were attentive and polite. I liked the simplicity and café feel of the restaurant which gave a very warm, welcoming and informal environment.
I highly recommend a trip to Bonnie Gull and thank you to Danny Clancy and the team for a brilliant Saturday Girl’s do lunch afternoon.