The Cow Pub & Restaurant, London
One of my favorite things in the world is Western seafood. So when we came here the other night for drinks, I couldn't help but notice all of the cold shellfish platters folks were eating, and I knew that we had to come back (89 Westbourne Park Road, 020-7221-0021). See, this was one of those so-called gastropubs, or pubs serving more upscale food than typical pub fare, and these guys specialized in shellfish. And boy, did I love what they had here.
I grabbed their signature fish stew for lunch today, which was perfect for an alcohol-ridden belly from the night before. It reminded me a bit of San Francisco's cioppino, but was much better with its spices and super fresh seafood. It wasn't exactly cheap at £13.50 (US$26), but if I lived nearby then I would be happy as a clam coming back here for more, including some of those raw platters. I can't stop salivating at the thought of it.