A new branch of The Sea, The Sea opened in east London in September 2021; it's an intimate chef's table-style experience, with just 12 seats.
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“Fishmonger by day and intimate restaurant by night” – this “unique” two-year-old in a quiet mews near Sloane Street is pioneering “innovative techniques such as ageing fish”. The result is a “very interesting tasting menu – expensive but well executed”. Created by the team behind Bonnie Gull in Fitzrovia (RIP), it was joined in summer 2021 by a bigger branch next to Berber & Q in Hackney – a base for their wholesale fish and seafood processing business, with an ‘immersive dining counter’ under chef Leo Carreira. The aim is to create ‘somewhere between art installation, restaurant, laboratory and factory!’
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The Sea, The Sea Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Terrific lunch while they were offering the "shorter" lunch menu at a slightly lower price. Still a bill of £172 with only 2 glasses of wine is hardly cheap. That said, it was a sensational performance lunch under the arches. The horseshoe shaped table seats about 12 comfortably for the 4 staff to manage. This is about fish of course and indeed on Saturdays, the public can buy fish from the wholesale counter at the entrance. We saw wonderful huge Turbot and lobsters in tanks. Back to the lunch, the chef is right there on stage in front of the diners and prepares the food as you watch. Presentation is perhaps less than some places with the emphasis on the quality and ingredients paramount. It is also super fresh and seasonal. The advertised 4 courses were 2 starter dishes, bread and butter (both home made), 2 main courses and 2 deserts! In mid February, Sea Urchins are sweet so that is the opening offer. The main courses were tuna and monk fish with one dessert of sponge cake with fennel seed ice cream and the other being 3 petit fours including the best macaron ever. Wine is not too overpriced although in an uncharacteristically mean touch, the glasses were only modestly filled. Also they charge £3.50 per person for filtered water. "
"Under the arches in Haggerston. 12 seats Chef's table. Urchin with almond milk, savoury custard with jus, fab Churastro tuna belly, monkfish with leek, roasted fennel seed ice cream and portuguese sponge cake and caviar, lovely floral sicilian white wine. Expensive but worth it, 3 x Very friendly staff. "