Bucket restaurant near Notting Hill is a short walk from the station and serves sustainably sourced seafood literally by the bucketload in a relaxed, friendly neighbourhood spot.
Cocktails are inventive at Bucket. We started with Zacapa Old Fashioned (£13.50) with Ron Zacapa, Pedro Ximenez, chocolate bitters and orange. This cut through the strength of this classic cocktail and gave it a lighter, refreshing taste. The Crozier (£8.50) with Zubrowka, passion fruit, strawberry was a more fruity and sweet number. We also opted to try the Seaweed martini (£11.50) Hendrick’s, St-Germain, seaweed, sea algae, cucumber. A hazy greenish tinge in colour with algae sat in the glass, it paired well with the seafood.
We started with the Seaweed and squid ink crackers (£4.50) – black, crunchy and tasting of the sea they make a great bar snack. The Tuna tartare (12.00) was next with pickled radish, avocado mayo and seaweed crisps. The tuna was incredibly tender and the spikes of flavour in the pickle worked well.
Ordering a bucket was a must and you can choose from whitebait, calamari, prawns or mussels. The latter appealed as there are a range of sauces to choose from. The portions are generous with a small bucket containing 800g of mussels. We tried the Mussels in lobster bisque with brandy (£14.50). The sauce was salty and rich and very moreish. We opted for a side salad of seaweed and cucumber (£6.50) to accompany this dish which delivered great flavour and freshness.
We also chose the Board of langoustines served with gremolata, courgettes and fries/salad) (£27). The boards include options of steak, whole sea bass and chicken. Whilst they are the pricier end of the menu the portions are generous, wonderfully presented and deliciously cooked and the fries were excellent. The langoustines were meaty and tender and we thoroughly enjoyed both mains.
We were recommended the Don Pedro usually served with vanilla ice cream, whisky and pecans (£9.00). The staff suggested changing the flavours to suit our tastes and we were given a chocolate ice cream with hazelnut liqueur mixed in with pecan topping. A very unusual dessert that was sufficiently sweet and boozy – a real hit. We also tried the Tarta del nonna (£5.00), which was a lemony cake. It was a little on the drier side than expected but had a lovely fresh zingy flavour.
Bucket restaurant near Notting Hill is a friendly spot serving up great seafood. The restaurant has friendly staff and an elegant beach shack vibe, with a stylish central bar for drinks and cosy seating with homely touches. We certainly think it ticks the boxes for a special occasion for any seafood lover and their lunch menu looks great (fish fingers sarnies!) – if you happen to work in the area too it is worth popping in. Finally,
there are £1 oyster happy hours to be enjoyed!
East London Girl: Bucket
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