After much discussion of "old school" places, Robin and I decided to revisit Sheekey's now part of the Belgo Group.
The room is what it was but refurbished and although we were in the smoking section it was not unpleasant.
The service has changed from cosseting to very efficient and modern ( i.e. french ) but still amiable and friendly if hurried.
The menu has made some nods towards modernity. Spider crab legs in chilli and garlic, anyone? I can see the old Maitre 'd turning in his grave. Still much of the tradition is kept and I had a superb Morcambe Potted Shrimp and Robin had a more arriviste Razor Clam with Chorizo and shelled broad beans. At least they had the good grace to shell the beans in this late part of the season.
The piece was the assiette of sea food which at £30 a head was and damn well should have been exemplary. The freshness was outstanding and the variety unusual in London (Rock Oysters, razor clams,Clams, whelks, cockles, three tyes of shrimp, cromer crab and lobster ) I think charging another £30 for adding the lobster was a bit much. It was however on balance worth it.
A terribly trad pudding of spotted dickl ( no lauging my yankee chums ) was light and well made
The wine list was a weakness. What was once a leather bound wonder separated into the regions of France with a token nod towards the New World is now a cardboard printed reverse with nary a Sancerre to be found. In the end an Aligonte for £20 was an adequate last resort.
At £150 for two this is a pricey but worthwhile addition to Le Cirque Interieur for The Majumdar Brothers dining pleasures.
Simon & Robin