London, Scotts v Sheekey


#1

There is something very comfortable about J Sheekey, the food and service are always good, I have reservations about the wine list which I feel has little to excite and has produced an occasional disappointing bottle.

Scotts, on the other hand, is always that little bit more special, more formal, larger tables and a great environment for a serious conversation. It is here that I have always had good but occasionally outstanding fish, a perfect shellfish cocktail of crab, langoustine and prawn, grilled turbot and a lobster mayonnaise come to mind. The wine list is broad and deep and the wines by the glass and carafe look good and the ones I have tried are excellent.


(John Hartley) #2

Seems like the home team wins on the penalty shoot-out.


#3

Probably fair! I certainly have a much greater sense of anticipation when heading to Scotts but there are times when the cosier Sheekey’s is appropriate.


#4

What are your takes on Sweetings and Wilton’s? Thank you.


#5

An interesting question but sadly not one I can answer. I last went to Wiltons 25 years ago and remember it is a very British experience, a bit like Simpson’s without the tourists. The food was certainly good but not so special I rushed back. (My favourite story of Wiltons was from an accountant who took two young entrepreneurs there to celebrate with a no expense spared lunch. After 10 minutes of knife and fork agony, the head waiter came to advise they eat gulls eggs with their hands.)
Of Sweetings, I have never been and feel that some research is appropriate and necessary.


#6

Very helpful report. We’ll cheer on your research and look forward to reading the findings.