Some of the finest fish I’ve eaten has been along the Italian coast, so hopes were high for this Italian seafood restaurant. Indeed, it was during a visit to Sicily that I enjoyed an unprecedented three day pescatarian stint; admittedly, I did wake up on the fourth day craving meat, which lead to me breaking my 15 year abstention from beef, but that’s another story. Fortunately, our visit to the recently spruced up Charlotte Street branch of Pescatori largely lived up to the expectations.
Pescatori has been a successful part of the Charlotte Street topography for the best part of 45 years. Indeed, with a distinguished looking clientele, it wouldn’t be a surprise if some of the patrons have been in situ since their launch. The restaurant has seen a bit of an update of late, although the classic brasserie feel remains so regulars will be glad to see that nothing too drastic has occurred.
Menus at Pescatori are seasonal, with fish being bought in from Billingsgate every morning. Like most Italian restaurants, the menu offers a number of options, including anti-pasti, pasta, proper main dishes, as well as an extensive shellfish menu and mercifully for carnivores, a few meaty dishes.
Starters include delicious Lobster minestrone, a classic Mozzarella di bufala with fig, almond & wild honey and a fairly average Rabbit tortellini with roast zucca and an overwhelming flavour of sage. Mains continue along the traditional Italian route, with a stunning Linguine with tomato, garlic & half a (slightly over-cooked) Dorset Blue lobster as well as well cooked fish dishes, such as Fillet of Severn & Wye salmon with cavolo nero & turnip gratin. Those with a sweet tooth will no-doubt be satisfied with sweet plates of Sicilian lemon brûlée and a Chestnut & chocolate torte with caramel sauce.
Let’s be honest – any restaurant that can survive for 45 years has got to be doing something right and it’s pretty irrelevant what we think! For what it’s worth, with large portions and reasonable pricing, Pescatori maintains the Italian tradition of ensuring guests don’t go hungry, whilst food is of a satisfyingly traditional style. The Italian wine list is a pleasure too, offering some good quality and well-priced wines to enjoy with the meal.
Cuisine type: Italian/Seafood
Dinner for 2: £70
57 Charlotte Street
London W1T 4PD
T: 020 7580 3289