SeaSons Mayfair opened on the 22nd of November and we had high expectations.
SeaSons boasts 5 further bistros in London, including Chelsea and Notting Hill, and further restaurants in Miami and New York. The location of its latest flagship restaurant opening promised great things, located on the popular Bruton Street in Mayfair.
The concept of SeaSons revolves around bringing the best and special quality fish, vegetables and dairy to your table. They advocate for high quality, clean, nutritious food, with a focus on sustainability and the seasonality of certain ingredients.
The location is superb. Located in the middle of the Mayfair business district, the restaurant offers a similar more corporate feeling. With neighbours such as Hakkasan, Amazonico and Sexy Fish, SeaSons is in great company and in prime location for those looking for a high end dining experience. We were invited to SeaSons for lunch, which catered to the corporate client with curtained windows and bright lights - we would love to see what the vibe is in the evening. What does provide a cosier, more relaxed atmosphere is their outside heated terrace, which is opening this month. The coolest part of the restaurant has to be the fish bar in the centre, putting on display the fresh catch of the day, with a cocktail waiter shaking up a storm.
The service was unfortunately not the best we have experienced. It was not a particularly busy afternoon, and even though we were shown to one of their nicest tables, it was clear that this was a new opening where waiters needed a bit more time to work on the service, as well as on their knowledge of the (extensive) wine list.
For our starters, we ordered the Bluefin Tuna Tartare with tuna truffle cream and the Hand-dived Scallop Carpaccio with truffle. We couldn’t resist a side of deep fried squid - who can? - so we ordered that to share. Overall the starters really showcased the fresh quality of the seafood at SeaSons. The tuna was perfect and the scallops very fresh, albeit the truffle perhaps did not necessarily need to be the star of the show. Overall, two refreshing beautiful starters to begin our meal. The squid was rather dry and disappointing.
The menu at SeaSons has a wide range of options for mains - from grilled seafood, to pasta and pizza, we were determined to try a variety. We shared a mixed selection of grilled seafood as well as a Tagliatelle with Sicilian red prawns. The tagliatelle was creamy and a fantastic balance of seafood and tomato sauce - we will definitely come back for this. The selection of grilled seafood was large but could have used a sauce/ dip/ dressing, perhaps not the most interesting dish on the menu.
Overall, you cannot go wrong with seafood. We recommend SeaSons for a business lunch and we would love to try it out in the evening. Once the outside terrace opens, we think this could be really great for some starters and drinks. Bear in mind, SeaSons is on the more expensive end of the scale - order the fresh seafood starters as they are entirely worth it and we are looking forward to trying out some of their fresher mains.