Foodie fave oyster farmers, wholesalers and restaurateurs, the Wright Brothers, invited Hot Dinners down to Soho last night as they launched their latest venture: the "raWBar".
Best known for their Oyster and Porter House success in Borough Market, Wright Brothers opened their Soho restaurant in Kingly Street at the close of 2010. However, director Robin Hancock is insistent that they’re not going to become a chain: "It’s imperative that each of our restaurants offer something different, mainly because they’re appealing to different audiences."
So why a raw bar in particular? "For a long time now we’ve aspired to the French purist pursuit of being able to go somewhere to just eat fresh and delicious oysters" says Robin. "The raWBar helps to bridge the gap between the kitchen and the table. Our philosophy has always been to deliver the freshest seafood possible, so we want our customers to be able to see, and experience, that when they come here."
Supplying the restaurants from their own farm in Cornwall, the Wright Brothers are serving up such delights as oysters with Cox apple and shallots; oysters with crème fraiche and caviar, sea urchins and their homemade Gravlax, which makes this is a true seafood lovers haven. They’re even serving their own, first release, sparkling vintage wine called Trouble with Dreams, by Dermot Sugrue, which works as a wonderful complement to the seafood.
We’d highly recommend giving the Oyster Shooters a try. A bite of fresh caper berry, followed by a shot of vodka, tomato juice, fiery Tabasco, tangy balsamic vinegar and a plump fresh oyster, rounded off with a wedge of lemon to suck. Perhaps not as trusted a hangover cure as the traditional Bloody Mary, but utterly delicious all the same, and a whole lot of fun.
The raWBar is open now. Find out more about Wright Bros Soho.