What they say:
The latest addition to the Bloomsbury dining scene, Neptune is set to be a British-led restaurant which will take significant influence from Australian an Californian cooking. Headed up by chef Brett Redman and former stylist Margaret Crow, who are the team responsible for Hackney gastropub, The Richmond, the restaurant features an oyster and shellfish bar, as well as a selection of fresh cocktails perfect for pairing with fish, such as the ‘Elysium Fizz’, that mixes gin with pear, bamboo, lime and Brazil bitters. For those who consider fish as friends, a full vegetarian menu is available upon request and includes homemade Cornish Kombu caviar and vegan waffles and celeriac carpaccio.
What we say:
Located in the Principal Hotel - formerly the Hotel Russell - this new London restaurant aims to reignite the salon atmosphere of old Bloomsbury. With raw fish bar and classic cocktails, Neptune is intended to be high-end dining with a neighbourhood vibe. The menu, which fronts dishes such as scallop carpaccio and brill with olive oil hollandaise, is heavy on the fish, bringing the freshest catches, from Scottish langoustines to their Wild Blackwater oysters. Make sure you take a look at what's on the walls, as Neptune has commissioned curator Antonia Marsh to create a rolling exhibition of works throughout the restaurant.