The original Scott’s — a seafood restaurant in London’s prestigious Mayfair district that started out as an oyster warehouse in the 1850s — has earned an enviable reputation as a “mainstay of London’s elite,” hosting politicians and A-list celebrities from around the world.
It has now opened its first branch outside of the UK in VIA Riyadh, the Saudi capital’s luxury hotspot that is already home to a range of top-tier international restaurants.
Scott’s elegant art-deco interior is enhanced by a cozy candle-lit ambience and relaxed jazz music. The staff are attentive and knowledgeable and provided excellent service throughout our visit, ensuring we selected the perfect dishes from the extensive menu, which features a wide range of seafood staples — including salmon, sea bass, oysters, caviar, sashimi, and, of course, the classic British favorite, fish, chips and mushy peas — but also several meat options, including crispy duck, lamb cutlets, wagyu striploin, and grilled chicken.
The tempura fried oysters made for a flavorful starter; crispy with a tang from the ponzu aioli and pickled fennel. The yellowtail sashimi topped off with pickled cucumber, spiced miso, and sesame dressing, meanwhile, was deliciously light and energizing — perfect for sashimi aficionados.
The blackened miso salmon served with hearty bok choi struck the ideal balance between salty and sweet.
If you are looking for a touch of decadence and extravagance for a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, then Scott’s in VIA Riyadh is a great choice.