Bonnie Gull

Borne out of a successful pop up in Hackney, Bonnie Gull anchored down on Foley Street, W1, to offer Londoners some of the greatest ingredients this country has to offer. Oysters, razor clams, mackerel, hake, lobster, cod… the owners of Bonnie Gull saw a gap in the market for delicious, fresh fish and inventive recipes that won’t, ultimately, cost you an arm and a leg. Having happily spent long lunches and evenings at Bonnie Gull, it’s become a firm favourite of mine. Its wine list covers all bases, and the Albarino has been a regular accompaniment to my hazy afternoons. I came with a group this time. We started with a deliciously cool almond and cucumber gazpacho, perfect when sitting in the sizzling heat of outdoors. In addition, we had a light Caprese salad, local ingredients, of course, and a perfectly cooked piece of smoked trout, set on a rich, round butter bean paste and peas. For mains, we had a light mackerel with a perfectly complimentary gooseberry salad, and I went for the Bonnie Gull special – 1 kilo of crab.* Dessert came in the form of Strawberry and Ricotta with clotted cream. Here lies a wonderfully breezy seafood shack in the heart of a noisy city. What more could you ask for? *Be sure to book in advance, and when you do, prebook the crab. It goes quickly! FOOD 4/5  KARMA 5/5