This post is a sponsored post, in partnership with OpenTable, the online real-time restaurant reservation service. For this post, they provided me with a £150 Open Table gift card to trial at a restaurant of my choice. Opinions and editorial are entirely my own, as always.

It is almost Valentine’s Day, and so for sure many of you reading have plans to eat out. Somewhere romantic maybe, somewhere you have wanted to eat for a while, somewhere where you could get a reservation!

The stats say that 1 in 4 men fail to book their Valentine’s Day restaurant due to leaving it too late. Only 38% of women book the romantic meal themselves on Valentine’s Day. Maybe you will have a Galentine’s celebration with your friends, as I did today. 1 in 10 reservations on Valentine’s Day through OpenTable are for groups of more than 2. Of course us Londoners tend to book more than two months in advance with the earliest OpenTable booking for Valentine’s Day 2016 being a year prior. I am impressed and appalled at once. That is so organised! Of course it is easy to change or cancel your reservation if you change your mind.

OpentTable Gift Card

OpenTable Gift Card

I always prefer to choose the restaurant, and the idea of a gift card with no restaurant attached until you receive the card and decide where you want to eat appeals to me. The OpenTable gift card arrives by email and you choose your restaurant. You can search by name, category (“Fit for Foodies”, “Family” and for sure “Romantic”), location, special offers etc. You can even search by landmark, train station, museum and nearby cities. There are also reviews left by other OpenTable customers and average ratings.

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I had a good look around the “Fit for Foodies” section and was tempted by several places. I fancied some seafood and aren’t oysters the food of love? And when you pair them with a great English sparkling wine? Win win.

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Wright Brothers have a few locations, but I wouldn’t describe them as a chain (at least not yet). Each branch feels different and the food has been very enjoyable each time I have eaten at their Borough or Soho branch. They farm their own oysters in Cornwall, but also serve oysters from Ireland, other parts of the UK and France. To add to the appeal, Wright Brothers started selling the fabulous Harty Oysters from my hometown of Dungarvan (Waterford, Ireland) last year, and I have been a more regular visitor since. Particularly for oyster happy hour when oysters are £1 each from 3-6pm in Soho (every day!).

The room in Soho is lovely, inside marble tables and plush leather banquettes greet, you can also eat at the bar and when the weather is good, you will always find me on the Kingly Court terrace outside.

We started with a glass of Ridgeview Cavendish, a round and elegant English sparkling wine from Sussex (£9.50 a glass) which we had with the Dungarvan oysters (£9 for 3), fresh and with a little shallot vinegar. I love a cooked oyster too, so we also ordered the tempura oyster with sweet miso and bonito flakes (£9.50 for 3). I could have eaten double.

For mains, my friend ordered the whole Cornish lemon sole with chilli, herb and crab meat butter (£26.50), which was filleted at the table. He loved it. I had the tempura soft shell crab with a vibrant bright jalapeño dressing (£14.50). On the side, I had seaweed and radicchio salad with goat’s cheese (£6.50). It goes without saying that we had fries (£3.50). Fish and chips, innit! You just have to. We had a lovely glass of Picpoul de Pinet with this (£8 a glass), one of my favourite wines for seafood and value for money, I recommend you seek it out.

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The only disappointing thing was the dessert, a chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream (£6). The fondant was molten but a little dry on the outside, and the ice cream a little too salty, even for me. And I adore salted caramel and salt, just for reference.

Overall we had a very pleasant meal and I will continue to return for the gorgeous oysters, lovely wines and other seafood, leaving the dessert for elsewhere, if at all. Why bother when you can just eat all the oysters? The bill came to approximately £135, which means I have £15 to spend there another time. And I know exactly what I will be spending it on. Dungarvan oysters!

Wright Brothers Soho, 13 Kingly St, London W1B 5PW
020 7434 3611
http://www.thewrightbrothers.co.uk/soho.html

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