My friend Laura and I regularly meet up for something to eat, as you’ll see from my posts here, here and here. This time it was the turn of Wright Brothers in Soho to feed us before we headed off to Trafalgar Studios to see The Grinning Man, written by Victor Hugo and adapted for stage by Carl Grose. As much as I love the theatre, I’m no critic so I’ll just tell you that it’s brilliant and you should see it while you have the chance (it closes in May). There are a few surprises in there which are great. You can get tickets from ATG Tickets.
Now, on to the food! Wright Brothers is a small London chain of seafood restaurants with 5 locations around the city; Soho, Borough Market, Spitalfields, Battersea and South Kensington. We went to the Soho branch as it was closest to the theatre. It’s located on Kingly Street which runs adjacent to Carnaby Street and even has an entrance there too. A fantastic location, I think you would agree.
We usually go to places that have great meat or high end dining restaurants but Laura fancied a change and requested “fish” instead so after a bit of research we chose Wright Brothers. I had a look at the menu before booking and they had a broad selection of dishes to choose from. I also noticed that they offered seafood platters. I’d never had one before and I’ve wanted one for a long time so that’s what we went for!
I arrived a little before Laura and was shown to a rather small table next to the Kingly Street entrance (which became an issue later!) by a very friendly and chatty server. I take the liberty of ordering a cocktail for Laura and I and decide on a fresh number called a Jasmine Bloom. It contained gin, jasmine syrup, cucumber and soda and was a perfect start to the evening.
As I had mentioned, there was only one thing on the menu I wanted to order. Luckily, Laura was more than happy to go along with it. We got the Full House platter which our server assured us was enough for 2 people. Laura ordered some broccoli tempura to accompany the platter. I’ll be honest, I ate most of the tempura – it was delicious but the batter was a bit on the thick side.
I ordered some wine to go with the food. They had plenty to go for but as we were eating shellfish I went for a white. I chose a Riesling as I wanted something nice and dry with light fruitiness to compliment the shellfish. This one was a winner. Made by Ernst Loosen at Villa Wolf in the Pfalz region of Germany. I highly recommend this combination. Wright Brothers sell this by the glass, 500ml or full 750ml bottle.
We saw the seafood platter approaching from across the room. It was huge! This was going to be a problem. Did I mention that the table was rather small? The server put a trivet on the table to raise the platter about 6-9 inches off the table. This only helped so much as we already had a plate each, a basket of bread, glasses for water, cocktails and wine, the broccoli tempura and bowls for the empty shells. The table got VERY crowded, very quickly.
The seafood platter itself was epic. Here’s a list of what was on it.
- Razer clams
- Shell on prawns
- A whole crab
I can confirm that it was all absolutely stunningly delicious (except for the whelks; we were not a fan because they’re quite strong in flavour and chewy). The seafood platter was served, as is traditional, cold over ice with aioli and a shallot vinaigrette. I’d never tried oysters before this and I was pleasantly surprised. They weren’t as slimy as I’d been told they would be. They were as salty, but that’s what Tabasco and shallot vinaigrette is for! I will say that my favourites on the platter were the shell on prawns and the crab which were incredibly succulent and moreish. We left q fair few of the shrimps because they were really small and fiddly to de-shell.
That was a lot of food for 2 people and we did our best. We were, however, defeated in the end.
We’ll be returning to Wright Brothers at some point. I might take my wife as she would definitely find something to eat on the menu even with her discerning taste. We probably wouldn’t have the seafood platter again as it was A LOT of food. I felt that even though we ate a lot, we also wasted a fair amount which we ended up paying for.