Fish and Seafood

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Ondine
2 George IV Bridge, EH1 1AD
Edinburgh
United Kingdom
GB

I had read a bit about Ondine and how good it was and when I was in Edinburgh I booked this restaurant for lunch as I wanted to try it out. Ondine is located in Edinburgh’s City Centre, just off the Royal Mile, the most famous street in Edinburgh, in the same building as the Misoni hotel, which according to our taxi driver is where all the celebrities like Rihanna stay when they are in Edinburgh.
 

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Visaandeschelde
Scheldeplein 4, 1078 GR
Amsterdam
Netherlands
NL

I was working in Holland for a day and my colleagues from the Dutch office recommended Visaandeschelde as a delicious lunch place. Visaandeschelde is a fish and seafood restaurant and the main chef and owner Michiel Deenik has a wonderful motto “A day without good food is a day lost”, which I truly agree with. The restaurant seats 60 people and when we arrived there shortly past 12 for our lunch it was buzzing and almost all the seats were full, but as we had booked a table we were shown to one of the last available tables. The interior was very fun, it had white tablecloths so on one side it was formal, but it had cool big mirrors decorated with various sea objects in blue and the whole restaurant felt lively and welcoming.
 

Maija rated: 

3.50

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Le Dome
Miesnieku iela 4, Riga, LV-1050
Riga
Latvia
LV

Le Dome is a fish restaurant in Le Dome hotel and spa, a 5 star hotel in the old town of Riga. I first read about Le Dome in an Air Baltic magazine. People that have been to Latvia will know that Air Baltic, our national carrier, is one of the ways how to get to Riga, and I frequently fly with them to go home. Le Dome places advertising in the Air Baltic magazine which I sometimes flick through and says they are one of the best fish restaurants in Riga, tempting tourists to go there. Apparently in 2010 it was voted the best fish restaurant in the Baltic states by a survey in the Baltic Times publication. I did not go there though because I had read the magazine or Baltic Times, but because my friends booked this restaurant for dinner. One of my best friends Baiba’s boyfriend Emil loves this place and it is one of his favourite restaurants in Riga. Le Dome uses fish caught by the local fishermen and all other produce sourced from Latvian farms.

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Harbour Club, The
Kievitslaan 25, 3016 CG
Rotterdam
Netherlands
NL

The Harbour Club is a mini chain with restaurants in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Scheveningen and also now in Ibiza, their latest venue which they only opened this summer. The Rotterdam Harbour club opened in 2010 in the former premises of ‘Parkzicht’, a one- hundred-year-old villa in one of Rotterdam’s city parks, and the atmosphere there is superb. I went here with my two friends Cornelis and Rob and it was a sunny day and it was such a pleasure to sit outside and look at the green and quiet park whilst eating our meal.

The restaurant has black chairs and white tablecloth tables and the dominant colour in the restaurant is white and according to their website their decor should remind you of “The Boathouse Café” in Central Park, New York, but as I have not been there, I can’t really comment if these places were indeed similar. We were sitting outside but the inside of the restaurant is divided up into a number of separate rooms, ie the Sushi Lounge, the upstairs terrace.

Maija rated: 

3.00

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Seafood Bar
Gatwick Airport, South Terminal
London
United Kingdom
GB

Caviar House & Prunier is a shop that sells expensive caviar and salmon and is located in various countries in Europe, including UK, France, Germany, Denmark and Netherlands, and besides the shop they also have a Seafood Bar, which sells this expensive produce in small light meals, which you probably have seen, if you have traveled outside one of the main airports in UK, as it is located in almost all the airports and terminals. In UK, they also have a seafood bar in Harrods and on Picadilly avenue next to the Ritz. I first came across the Seafood Bar many years ago when I was travelling from London back to Riga and I remember one time in Gatwick airport when my friend Kristine’s dad took us both to eat there and it felt like a very special occasion.

Maija rated: 

2.00

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Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill
The Savoy Strand, WC2R 0EU
London
United Kingdom
GB

This restaurant is named after a cat, The Savoy’s resident cat (a 3ft high feline sculpture) and the restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Savoy Hotel. The Savoy Hotel, post its redecoration, is just wonderful with a few dining areas and bars spread across the hotel, and Kaspar’s can be found straight ahead when you walk into the Savoy hotel and offers lovely views of the Thames (which I had a chance to see as I was sitting by one of the window tables). The restaurant is decorated in a wonderful aqua blue colour, and there is a bar with seafood on display in the middle of the room. Just like being in the Savoy Hotel, the whole dining experience at Kaspar’s seems very grand.

Maija rated: 

3.50

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Fish Market
16 New Street, EC2M 4TR
London
United Kingdom
GB

It was Monday lunchtime and my work plans had changed which meant I had to come up with a fish restaurant in the city to take a Russian company to for lunch, as the CEO for the company really wanted to eat fish. I thought about it, and D&D group’s restaurant Fish Market came to my mind, as I was sure they served fish and I had been to their New Street Grill before (located right next to the Fish Market) and enjoyed it.

Maija rated: 

2.50

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Neptune Oyster
63 Salem Street, MA 02113
Boston
United States
US

I went to Boston as my boyfriend was running the Boston marathon and a few months before I had already found all the restaurants I wanted to visit in Boston and had booked them, with the exception of Neptune Oyster, that you could not book, but I was very keen to try. I love the US seafood restaurants that offer anything from jumbo prawns to chowders, and I was researching these before my trip and Neptune Oyster seemed to be one of the best if not the best in Boston.

Maija rated: 

5.00

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The Optimist
914 Howell Mill Road GA 30318
Atlanta
United States
US

We were travelling through Atlanta on our holiday and were supposed to meet my boyfriend’s colleague for lunch and he suggested we go to the Optimist as it had been getting great reviews recently. We went to the Optimist which is located somewhat outside of the center of Atlanta in a separate building, something like an abandoned warehouse and there was a huge writing in blue letters “The Optimist” on the outside of the building guiding you to the restaurant. The Optimist calls itself a “fish camp and an oyster bar”, and seafood is very much their specialty as they offer oysters from both east and west coast (the west coast ones are smaller and meatier apparently as the waitress explained), and also shrimps, lobster, and other type of seafood and fish in various different dishes. The inside of the restaurant feels like an American brasserie.

Maija rated: 

4.50

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Aguaviva
364 Cll Fortaleza 00901
San Juan
Puerto Rico
PR

The Frommers travel guide as well as my small guide to Puerto Rico recommended to go to Aguaviva, so despite the fact I knew this was not a traditional Puerto Rican restaurant which I really wanted to go to and try the local food, I decided to go there to see if it really is as good as the travel guides were saying. Aguaviva is one of the restaurants owned by the “Oof! Group” and they seem to own the most trendy restaurants in Puerto Rico. Aguaviva was opened in 2002 and specialises in  “Seaside Latino Cuisine” and besides the main dining area also has a ceviche and oyster bar in front of the open kitchen. It was a short walk from our hotel to Aguaviva and when we entered I loved the interior of the restaurant. The restaurant is decorated in blue shades and has jellyfish type of decorations hanging from the ceiling.

Maija rated: 

4.00

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