The Wright Brothers Oyster specialists and seafood wholesalers, brought their renowned oyster and seafood dining experience to west London when Wright Brothers South Kensington opened earlier this year.
In keeping with the Wright Brothers evolution across London with their award-winning Oyster & Porter House in Borough Market and Soho Oyster House together with the critically acclaimed Wright Brothers Spitalfields, the new restaurant carries the intimate bistro house style to South Kensington with an interior and menu be-fitting the discerning locale.
Head chef Philip Coulter, who had 6 years experience at the helm of Wright Brothers Oyster & Porter House in Borough Market, creates British food with a subtle French influence showcasing the finest oysters from the Wright Brothers’ own Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm on the Helford River and other regions in the British Isles, France and Canada. Coulter oversees a menu including the Wright Brothers’ iconic platters featuring the finest seafood from the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, Dorset, Cornwall, Portugal & Boulogne.The popular Wright Brothers’ dressed oysters come in a variety of styles such as Rockefeller, New Orleans and Spinach with Champagne sauce. The menu showcases a selection of fish dishes from Herring roes on toast, Dover Sole Meunière, Grilled Lobster with garlic and parsley butter as well as a seasonal specials board.
The South Kensington restaurant also features Wright Brothers’ first ever independent cocktail and oyster bar, The Mermaid. Cocktails and wine can be enjoyed with a selection of oysters, bar menu or a la carte menu. There is also an ‘Oyster Happy Hour’ available 5-6pm and 10-11pm in the Mermaid.
Interior designers, Brady Williams, whose previous work includes Fischer’s and The Delaunay, as well as the look and style of Wright Brothers’ Spitalfields and Soho sites, took inspiration from the classic seafood bistros of Paris. The intimate, stylish interior of the restaurant and bar provides an atmospheric backdrop for neighbourhood socializing, post work cocktails, an informal meal or late night drinks over a plate of oysters.
Brothers-in-law Ben Wright and Robin Hancock started Wright Brothers in 2002 with a simple aim to revive the UK’s love for the oyster. They cultivate over 14 million native and pacific oysters directly from their own Duchy Oyster Farm, part of the private estate of HRH The Prince of Wales on the Helford River in Cornwall. Over time, they have grown their wholesale business to become recognised as the go-to experts for oysters and the finest seafood, supplying over 150 prominent restaurants and chefs across the UK.
Talking about the opening of Wright Brothers South Kensington, founder Ben Wright said, “In the UK, an oyster is still seen as just an oyster but there are a whole variety, with different provenances and their own distinctive tastes and flavours that we can’t wait to introduce to the residents of South Kensington.”
The SLOAN! Review
When we were invited to dine at Wright Brothers South Kensington, we too couldn’t wait to sample this renowned oyster and seafood dining experience.
On entering the Wright brothers we began by sipping cocktails. I went for the Shipwreck which had Dictator Amber rum, lavender, passion fruit, mint, blackberry sugar and Ginger Ale.
My dining companion had the cocktail of the month which was a concoction of Buffalo Trace, plum sake, orange bitters and anise syrup. It looked divine and tasted even more beautiful. The cocktails we chose were served short however the cocktail of the month was such that you could actually pour your own drink that has been premixed at the table.
We began with oysters. There are five different types of Oysters on the menu. The New Orleans which is deep-fried, the Spanish which is the natural oyster with a chorizo sausage bite which is traditionally eaten after you have swallowed oyster. There is also the Japanese which includes chopped wasabi and soy sauce and a Champagne oyster which is poached in champagne and a bluer blanc. The final and one if the most popular is the Rockefeller which has a spinach and watercress flavour.
We went for the New Orleans and the Spanish. Starting with the latter the natural flavour and freshness direct from the sea in this Spanish oyster followed by the spicy fire heat from thd chorizo was a perfect start to a meal. The New Orleans held its own an oyster for beginners and a great way to educate the palate pick up with your hand, add a squeeze of lemon to the deep fried delight, dip in a homemade tartar sauce and crunch down on this delicious morsel offered from the ocean. Heaven.
I chose the squid which was served a la plancha, the pearl barley was cooked in a fish vegetable stock retaining the flavours and finished off with black squid ink allowing a slight sauce to accompany the dish. It was bursting it with flavour.
My dining companion chose the mussels and exclaimed these are the best mussels for under £10 in London. He described them as succulent large flavourful soaking up the sauce which had a strong and pleasant taste of white wine with subtle undertones of flavours exploding through.
For the main course my dining companion had one of the Specials which was cod with a cauliflower puree and a wild mushroom sauce which was on all accounts absolutely delightful.he remarked that the cod was served perfectly the flesh was moist and fell apart in the mouth each flake of flesh full of flavour so creatively infused with the oils and seasoning complemented by a smooth cauliflower puree and a selection of wild mushrooms.
I went more traditional with a skate wing accompanied with capers lemon and parsley it was a good sized portion and the texture and flesh of the Skate Wing was perfectly cooked
The dessert menu is small but by no means uninspired there is a chocolate mousse accompanied with pistachio and caramel, a traditional creme brulee and a passion fruit jelly and lime cream . Each dessert has a suggested pairing of dessert wine and I was delightfully surprised to see the Royal Tokai paired with passion fruit jelly. The Wright Brothers also serves a cheese plate with quince and biscuits.
Wright Brothers South Kensington
56 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3DY
020 7581 0131