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Pescatori, Fitzrovia

We’re well versed in the world of bottomless bubbles with afternoon tea or brunch these days but did you know that you can also indulge in bottomless drinks in the evening too? No? Me neither but I was recently invited by Bookatable to check out the listings on their website and try one for myself. Still craving seafood after our incredible meal at Wreckers in Cornwall I invited Jasmin along to join me at Pescatori which offered the best of both worlds – a three course seafood focused set menu and bottomless prosecco for just £35 each. Bargain!

*Disclaimer: Our meal at Pescatori was complimentary courtesy of Bookatable. The below opinions are still my own and not influenced by this in any way.

It was a very hot, very sticky evening so we were super happy to be seated fairly close to the French doors leading to the terrace that had been flung wide open and even happier when our waiter poured us our first deliciously crisp glass of prosecco. Our glasses didn’t get anywhere near empty for the duration of our visit and we were even given a cheeky last top up just after out allotted time slot was over.

For a set menu, it’s actually quite decent with 5 starters, 5 mains and 3 desserts to choose from. (Although one of each does come at an additional supplement – scallops, steak and cheese platter.) Jas had been travelling for work most of that week so was a lot healthier with her choices than I was – I tend to treat most chances to eat out as occasions these days. Not great for my waistline but wonderful for my taste buds.

That said Jas’s Mediterranean seafood salad looked wonderful. Squid, prawns, scallops, octopus, asparagus shavings and chicory in a light citrusy dressing.

Unable to resist one of my favourite dishes though I started with a substantial portion of the Moules marinières. A pot of fresh, plump mussels cooked in shallots, parsley, thyme, white wine & cream – it came with a spoon on the side so I could slurp up all the delicious sauce which was a much better choice than crusty bread that would have left me too full. I needed room for my main.

The crab & lobster burger served on a brioche bun with seafood sauce and a side fries. I don’t like my food dripping in sauce so I asked for it on the side but was told only a smearing of it is used and it was the perfect amount. I wasn’t sure how the fish would be encased in the bun and was pleasantly surprised to see that the two had been combined into a sort of fish patty. It made the whole thing a lot easier to eat! There was a substantial amount of fish in the patty although the flavour of the crab overpowered that of the lobster slightly. The chips were cooked to perfection too; chunky, crispy and yet still fluffy on the inside.

Jas again went with the health option – a juicy Swordfish steak with salmoriglio sauce, green beans and rocket – although she did steal a couple of my chips so she’s not a complete angel. I’m convinced she was just saving herself for dessert.

I really hate it when I can’t decide between two things on a menu so I love it when someone else has the same dilemma – it means we can order one of each and have a bit of both which is exactly what we did with pudding. Again, there was definitely a lighter of the two, crostata ai limoni – a Sicilian lemon tart served with vanilla ice cream and berry compote and a more gluttonous dessert of a heavy dark chocolate mousse cake – chocolate deliziosa – served with raspberry sorbet and a dark chocolate sauce. The bitterness of the chocolate was balanced out well with the sweetness of the sorbet which coming from someone who isn’t a fan of raspberry is a complement.

Both were perfectly portioned to finish up such decadent meals and I thoroughly enjoyed both although chocolate for dessert is always an added bonus point in my books.

It was a LOT of food for such a great price and our neighbours dining at the table next to us agreed it was fantastic value for money. The 3 courses & free-flowing prosecco deal is available lunch Mon-Fri & dinner Mon-Sat (until 7pm & after 9pm) until 7th September 2017 – what are you waiting for? Book now.

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