I’ll keep this short, as we’ve reviewed both Seadogs, when it was in its previous venue, and Amore Dogs, which used to be here, prior to the very welcome resurrection of Seadogs, just a few weeks ago.
The set-up and service is much the same as it was, but the menu reflects something of a blend of the two places. It offers a lovely array of seafood dishes, with the odd non-seafood option, to offer a welcoming inclusivity to those who are not firm fishy devotees.
Today, I was joined by Kim, who has previously quested to The Dogs and Prezzo. We were quick to chose our options, with Kim opting for the tempting sounding ox kidneys and mushrooms, while I chose the soup of the day, which turned out to be haggis, neeps and tatties, then the kedgeree to follow.
My soup was a lovely thick chunky tattie and turnip (which could be served without the haggis as a vegetarian option) topped with a slice of crispy haggis. It was completely tremendous, with both elements coming together to form a really satisfying dish.
The kedgeree main course was very good, also. Kedgeree is a great favourite of mine, and, in something of an irony, I last ate in The Rosehip, which is the place that’s taken over where Seadogs used to be. The version was packed with flavour, and had nice little burst of cardamom, another great favourite of mine, lurking within.
With some lovely cheese and oatcakes, and good espresso to round things out, our visit to this phoenix from the flames was completed.
So Seadogs looks like its little sabbatical has done it no harm at all. I was very pleased with things, with the soup particularly good. As I’ve said before, I like all of the Dogs restaurants for entertaining friends and family visiting from out of town, as they offer good, straightforward quality with a broad level of appeal, to cater for a range of tastes. To that end, I’ll certainly be back on a not infrequent basis.
Blythe scores Seadogs:
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20
Today’s questers were: Kim, Blythe
We ate: haggis, neeps and tatties soup; ox kidneys and mushrooms on toast; kedgeree; cheese and oatcakes (2)
We drank: water, espresso
We wore: signature coat, brown pinstripes
Total bill: c.£27
104 Hanover St