1st October 2015
On Thursday a large group of us went to J. Sheekey to celebrate the birthday of our recently departed friend Tim. It wasn’t a solemn affair (as you’ll see from the photo above) – we’d already been to his memorial the day before.
J. Sheekey is a West End institution – it’s been serving fish to theatre goers for over a century. We went there quite specifically because Tim loved to cook Sheekey’s top selling fish pie (recipe here).
As per the lunch menu (click to enlarge), we had a champagne reception, followed by the famous pie,
tenderstem broccoli with orange and toasted almonds,
Much comparison was made of Tim’s version of Sheekey’s pie to the original.”Was the sauce runnier?” “Should one include egg in fish pie to give it body?”
Our conclusion was that Tim made a thicker sauce and he won by a narrow margin. Nevertheless, Sheekey’s pie is absolutely delicious.
We all rushed outside for the exterior group portrait (top) before pudding – our exuberance was such that the stage manager of the Wyndham’s Theatre, next door, came out and told us to be quiet, as we were disturbing the matinee!
The apple crumble with clotted cream or custard was very tempting – especially made like a small pie.
Similarly, the twinkle jelly with ice cream had a bit of a sparkle. I didn’t get to see the balsamic glazed figs, as no one on our table ordered them.
I ordered the cheese (of course), which was at perfect room temperature and therefore at its peak – rich and creamy.
We drank vast quantities of Mâcon Villages 2013 René Michel Maconnais and Bellet ‘Domaine de la Source’ 2010 Jacques Dalmasso, Nice, Provence. Our waitress was so attentive that Oli offered to marry her each time she topped up his glass!