So what exactly is Mr Oyster Boy?
Its the home delivery service from Richard Corrigan, the Irish chef who has three restaurants in London, the eponymous Corrigan's, Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill and the recently launched Daffodil Mulligan.
This service is mainly centred around Bentley's with something of a focus on seafood (the name Mr Oyster Boy gives it away). Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill is something of an institution in London, it's been around for over 100 years and for over a decade has been run by Corrigan. It's also firmly on our list of the very best restaurants in London. But while you're unable to sit up at the bar of Bentley's right now, this is a very welcome alternative arrangement.
In addition to Bentley's, there's a guest appearance on the menu from Daffodil Mulligan, Corrigan's most recent opening near Old Street.
Where are they delivering to?
You can collect from Daffodil Mulligan, or they deliver Friday - Sunday, up to 5.5 miles from that restaurant.
How much work is involved?
Relatively little - all the cold dishes are ready to eat and a few of the hot dishes mainly need a little reheating. It's all quite straightforward.
And what did you try?
We roamed through a selection of the menu. Dishes are split into signature and classic, and you can also pick up a few extra "essentials" from their shop.
Anything else worth highlighting?
As we mentioned, Daffodil Mulligan puts in a showing too - with the sugar pit pork available to order (we had that at Daffy's at Christmas and it's an easy recommendation). Other highlights are lobster spaghetti, Bentley's fish and chips (with mushy peas, of course) and a couple of soups - lobster bisque or crab, mussel and coconut soup. There are also oysters to start with, of course, and Bentley's classic fish cocktail.
What about desserts?
There are just two on the menu - a rice pudding and what we had (see below). You can also order some of their port-infused stilton and oat cakes (£17) to finish up.
While this is on the high end price-wise of some of the deliveries we've had, we thought the quality was similarly high. Good seafood is worth paying for and this is exceptional seafood. If you're a fan of Bentley's, then this is an easy recommendation - but even if you haven't been, lovers of quality seafood are well serviced here. A definite winner.
More about Mr Oyster Boy
Where is it? 70-74 City Rd, Old Street, London EC1Y 2BJ
Delivery range and times: Delivery radius from Daffodil Mulligan of 5.5 miles. Preorder is available from Monday - Friday (last orders at noon) with delivery/collection from Friday - Sunday.
How to order: Visit their website.
Find out more: Follow Bentley's on Instagram @bentleysoysterbar
Hot Dinners were sent these this meal by the restaurant. Prices are correct at time of publication.
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