Exmouth Market has a treasure trove of restaurants amongst it’s incredibly short street and all I’m hoping on visiting not too far in the distant future.
Bonnie Gull was the first restaurant that stood out with its calm, yet simple decor, serving seafood. I love seafood but find that many people tend not to be as keen but this time was different, and we made our way to the intimate seafood cafe. Arriving just before 6.30pm, we were in time for the early dinner menu and the oyster menu.
I love when restaurants serve bread, and I love it even more when the bread is freshly baked and still warm; the perfect pick-me-up after a hard day’s work. The servers were extremely generous and as soon as they saw our empty basket, more bread appeared.
As we were early the oysters were being served at £1 each, which was too good to pass up so we decided to have 6 oysters to share between the two of us.
The oysters were fresh, salty and brought back memories of eating oysters by San Francisco pier whilst watching the sunset. A great vision to have in the middle of a bustling London street.
For mains I was craving fish and chips and opted for the beer battered plaice and chips. When the dish arrived, I was taken aback at how the large the plaice was and couldn’t wait to dive in.
The batter was golden, crispy and had a generous scattering of rock salt whilst the plaice was soft, succulent and perfectly cooked. The chips didn’t fare so well as they were large which disappointingly meant they were dry in the middle.
For dessert, we decided to share with the first arriving on a stand; homemade ice cream.
The ice cream was deliciously creamy but unfortunately started melting immediately after it arrived. I loved the concept but would have preferred a more practical solution – although this may have taken the fun out of imagining we were at the seaside.
The second dessert we chose was Cornish fudge and we were a little underwhelmed when it arrived, although, it wasn’t long before we realised why. Each fudge piece was packed with flavour, extremely creamy, filling and after two miniscule bites, we requested to take the rest home because it was too rich to finish in one sitting.
Bonnie Gull was as pleasant as it looks and the entire evening was spent with friendly, charming staff who made us feel at ease and welcome. However, you may be disappointed to realise that when you leave, you’re still stuck in the middle of the city.
– Bonnie Gull, Clerkenwell