The crab and salmon both screamed quality ingredients, as did the dover sole and monkfish and prawn curry our friends chose. It bears repeating - if you love fish, you won't be disappointed!
In terms of the wines, as you'd expect, the Albarino was great and went perfectly with all the fish. Given it's fashionability, it was £41, which is a bit more than I'd like to pay for it. So for our second bottle we scaled back to Picpoul-de-Pinet which was a very different proposition, but pleasing all the same. J. Sheekey has a decent wine list, and it also sells meat dishes, but you're really here for the fish. Let it shine.
It's also worth standing a while at the bar for a glass of something fizzy as an aperitif just to soak up the vibe of old-fashioned formal (but not too formal) service, and fantastic presentation. The way the tonic is decanted into a jug for the G&T is a touch of class.
Verdict? A lovely treat. It's London. It's an institution. It's Caprice group. It's not cheap. But you can enjoy the ambience and 3 courses for less than £50 each by ordering carefully. Sadly that does mean you've got to avoid whole crabs and lobster thermidors...
Merry Christmas and Cheers!