Having recently read about a wonderful seafood restaurant down the road from work it was only polite we pop in to give it a try. Rex & Mariano are the duo behind the wonderful steak restaurant Goodman and Burger & Lobster and they’ve now brought a fresh new seafood restaurant to the heart of Soho.

Rex & Mariano

They have the perfect history to excel in the Seafood market with Rex Goldsmith from the Chelsea fishmonger on Chelsea green which has been going for centuries.

Rex & Mariano

Mariano is using his Sicilian heritage to arrange for the importing of fresh red prawns and other Sicilian seafood that sit on the menu. There’s an added element to the restaurant in that the waiters are in fact iPads. You get some smiley people introducing you to the restaurant and explaining the concept then it’s just down to yourself, guests and your new gadget friend.

Rex & Mariano

Once we had settled in and ordered our crisp white wine, we got down to the good old task of swiping through the menu and selecting our feast. Things come as and when they’re ready but if you start with the raw selection which is a wide variety of ceviche, tartare and carpacchio. We chose the sea bass ceviche with coriander, tiger’s milk and red onion which was delicious.

Rex & Mariano

Ever a sucker for cheese we couldn’t resist the burrata with smoked tomatoes and foccacia cubes. It had a really smokey flavour and it wasn’t quite as runny as normal but perfect with the tomatoes.

Rex & Mariano

Next up was our selection from the grill cooked red prawns which after the build up they’ve had were a little disappointing. Tasty flavours but little too small and saw a few missing their meat – next time would go for the raw prawns.

Rex & Mariano

One of the highlights was the huge plate of fritto misto with lemon aioli, gorgeous mixture of calamari, fresh fish, prawns – very tasty and filling.

Rex & Mariano

We also couldn’t resist going for the fried courgettes, crispy outside but still with the tasty courgette, it’s healthy right!!

Rex & Mariano

Just to finish off the meal with something sweet we shared the triple chocolate pot with a crumbled pistachio topping – glorious.

Rex & Mariano

It was a lovely meal and perfect environment for a quick business meal or just a casual catch up with an old friend. Pretty sure it will be a success due to it’s location and wonderful fresh food it offers.

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