I’ve been following a new diet and exercise regime that is very high in protein. Three weeks in and although I’m starting to feel really good, I’m also starting to get sick of all the meat! (As a proper carnivore, I never thought I would say that!) This weekend I woke up with a real hankering for prawns and as it was Sunday, my local fishmonger wasn’t open. So what’s a girl to do? I googled ‘best prawns in London’ and the first place that came up was Seawise. I was dubious as it’s located within the Stables Market in Camden – not exactly the epitome of good food. But having looked through all the TripAdvisor reviews, it became clear that this place was different.
Food: The menu is small and concise as you’d expect from a market stall. Fish and chips, a couple of sharing platters and a few grill items. They’ve recently added a restaurant that has a more extensive menu including a wider variety of hot and cold starters, a bigger grill section and desserts. I had the calamari (£4.95) to start that was nice, if a little thick and had a bit too much batter, but still enjoyable. The Better Half chose the bang bang prawns (£5.95) which were also battered and the bang bang sauce was a tad disappointing. It reminded him of a pre-made mayonnaise and had a little less bang than he had hoped for. We shared the Mediterranean platter (£19.95) which included New Zealand green lipped mussels, butterflied prawns, scallops and prawn and pepper skewers. This was by far the best seafood platter we’ve had in London to date! It was all well cooked and the quality of the produce was excellent.
Ambiance: We chose to sit outside on the picnic benches so that we could people watch, which is something we both really love to do and Camden is one of the best places for doing just that! The restaurant has the stereotypical nautical theme, but it’s done well with filament lighting, thick fisherman’s rope and recipe books specialising in fish dotted around the place. If the weather isn’t playing along, I would happily sit inside.
Service: Friendly, chatty and accommodating. They happily made us an extra portion of prawns when we asked for it. TBH was really pleased to be able to order a beer to take away too!
Price: Including service, an additional order of prawns and drinks came to a very reasonable £55.00.
And finally…a hidden gem within the Stables Market that is definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.
Until we eat again!