Kumamoto oysters (three for £8). We'd never had these slightly sweet and delicately flavourful morsels before, but after a lovely meal at the newly opened Wright Brothers in Soho we'd be quite keen to slurp 'em down again … and soon. Moreover, we wouldn't turn our noses up at another plate of chalkboard special Cornish squid with butter beans, chorizo and aioli (£11) either. However, with options including whole Dorset crab (£12.50), ox cheek, ale and oyster pie (£16.50) and an inticing range of oysters, it might be awhile before resorting to those initial faves.
Accessible from both Kingly Court and Kingly Street with outdoor, ground floor and basement seating and a vibe not dissimilar to, oh let's say, Hix Oyster & Chop House (and that's a good thing), Wright Brothers' new resto is a welcome addition to the already burgeoning Soho dining scene. It's nice to see some Borough Market darlings branch out across the Thames too.
Service during our languid lunch at the bar was efficient and friendly. And kinda touchy feely. Certainly not intrusive and undoubtedly well intentioned, we didn't mind a gentle hand on our back from time to time but wondered what most Londoners would think.
Wright Brothers is located at 13 Kingly Street (G7/G8 Kingly Court), W1B 5PW. Such Carnaby centrality might mean making a rez is wise with festive season shopper frenzy looming. Visit Wright Brothers online at www.thewrightbrothers.co.uk.