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    Wednesday, 12 December 2018

    SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD AT BUCKET, WESTBOURNE GROVE

    While we were out in Thailand, I ate SO much sea-food. Huge juicy prawns, fresh blue crabs and giant red snappers - almost on a daily basis. Since coming home, I’ve been on a quest to get more fish into my diet and I've found just the spot in West London where I can get my fix!

    It's a fab new spot called Bucket located over in Westbourne Grove - about a five minute walk from Notting Hill Station - where they're on a mission to serve up delicious, sustainable seafood. Some of the dishes come served by the Bucket load (hence the name) and are all designed to be big enough for sharing – but equally good enough that you’ll want to try a few to really get a flavour of the menu!
    We started with a whole array of dishes from the ‘Bites’ and ‘Small plates’ menu. First up was the deliciously creamy Taramasalata (£6) served with a generous portion of warm, home-made bread. Super light and smooth, with a sharp kick of citrus to balance out the delicate cod roe flavour. 
    The Salmon Tartare was a special on the night and prepared to absolute perfection. Big, chunky slices of fresh salmon, perfectly seasoned and served alongside a crisp toast. The texture is a lot like sashimi so is a must-order for any sushi lovers!
    Then was the Sardines on Toast (£7.50) – served with roasted cherry tomatoes and a perfectly poached egg. I felt this dish was a bit lacking in terms of the topping to toast ratio but the flavours were perfect - I just wish that there had been a little more tomato to properly round off the dish!
    We did however love the Bucket Scotch Egg! The yolk was perfectly cooked, almost set whilst still being runny, and served alongside a delicately spiced red pepper harissa mayo (£7.50).
    The main attraction though and the whole reason we were here was for the Christmas Dinner offering. For a limited time only, you’ll be able to get a whole roasted halibut cooked in lemon, rosemary and caperberry butter served alongside prawns in blankets, roast potatoes and brussell sprouts.
    It's a fabulous twist on a traditional Christmas dinner with every element cooked to perfection! I adored the flakey white halibut, which we'd been presented with at the side of the table before it was cooked for an added element of theatre - and I just LOVED the idea of prawns wrapped in bacon!

    The fish is priced per weight and the sides are £6.50 per person so you’re looking at around £26.50 per person for a decent sized piece of fish which really is incredible value for money. The staff are really helpful when it comes to ordering your fish too, advising the best weight to go for based on your appetite and I have to say, that got it absolutely spot on for us!
    We saved just about enough room for a dessert - a delicious Apple Crumble (£8) which was large enough to share. I loved that the topping was made from huge rocks of biscuit rather than fine crumbs - unlike any crumble I've had before and the perfect way to round off a great dinner!
    If you want to make the most of the Christmas sharing menu, you'll need to be quick as it will only be available until Christmas Eve! I know I'll be heading back ASAP to try the rest of the menu!

    * We were guests of Bucket London 
    Our food was complimentary but all opinions are my own