Tucked away in the heart of St Katharine Docks is a well-kept secret, the dog-friendly The Melusine Restaurant where the menu changes daily, serving a delicious menu of seafood surprises. Just before Lockdown, we were invited along to see just how dog-friendly the Melusine is and sample the seafood of course.
As a vegetarian who doesn’t eat fish, it wouldn’t have been doing the invitation justice if only myself and Beliha went along. So we invited our friend and food blogger Fede from Pastabites and her Basset Fauve Amber who enjoys sniffing out dog-friendly London eateries to join us.
The walk to and from The Melusine certainly showcased St Katharine Docks at its best. In fact, the shimmering water with the boats set against the skyline made me feel like we’d been teleported to more Mediterranean climes just for a moment.
On arrival at The Melusine, the restaurant was smaller than I had imagined, tucked away in the arches underneath Ivory House. We were given a warm welcome and shown to our table that had been thoughtfully chosen to allow the dogs to have space to stretch. Both dogs were offered a bowl of water and treats as a priority which deserves a paws up.
The Melusine definitely gives context to the phrase ‘small but perfectly formed’. Although the space is intimate, we didn’t feel cramped at all, and the decor was contemporary and warm. The chefs, led by Theodore Kyriakou (of the Real Greek and The Greek Larder fame) who is clearly the king of the kitchen, prepare the dishes within sight, adding to the intimate ambience.
The Melusine restaurant opened in St Katharine Docks in 2019 with a mission to serve sustainably sourced seafood and deliver an unforgettable and unexpected experience for diners. Every day the menu is different depending on what seafood is available and the dishes created are designed to be intriguing as a result.
Even as a vegetarian, I felt the Melusine front of house team led by Wade Munford went out of their way to suggest items on the menu to suit and adapt where needed. As a result, I enjoyed a tasty meal followed by one of the best desserts I have had in a long time…the surprisingly delicious Chocolate and Tahini Tart.
Fede from Pastabites was on hand to sample the seafood more extensively, here’s the Pastabites review…
“If you are vegetarian, vegan or do not eat fish, then The Melusine may not be the right place for you. However, if you do like fish – sustainably caught of course – then you’re in for a treat. The ever-changing menu (everything comes from day boats) is divided into snacks, a raw and crustacean bar, small plates and big plates as well as a number of sides and offers a wide choice to suit most (fish-eating) palates.
Amongst the snacks we tried was a well balanced pickled herring with half soft boiled egg and radishes. The handpicked crab from the raw bar was a delicate mix of white and brown crab meat served on bitter, crisp endive, but could have done with a little more seasoning or some tart element to pimp up the fresh crab. The cold smoked Scottish salmon with pickled greens and horseradish cream was the standout dish of the evening: the fish had great texture and the pickling as well as the cream offered a beautifully zingy contrast.
We did try some non-fish based dishes: a satisfying, seasoned beetroot salad with gorgonzola cheese and sunflower seeds, a portion of winter tomatoes and the triple cooked chips. We also ordered a portion of bread which is needed, particularly to offer some support to the fish dishes which come with no starch or carbs.
With the dessert menu, the chef seems to have some fun. There are some really interesting and appetising options, and we had some difficulty deciding what to try. The chocolate and tahini tart revealed a crispy base and dark, intense chocolate ganache which hid a nutty tahini layer. A challenging-sounding Cornish blue cheese ice cream went from odd to really tasty within a few mouthfuls, helped by the sour cherry coulis it was laced with.
Front of house staff are knowledgeable and friendly and made us and our dogs feel very welcome. The interior is small and offers only 40 covers, adding a touch of intimacy to space, aided by the lights of the docks shimmering through the windows.”
Visiting Dog-friendly The Melusine With Your Dog – The Dogvine Verdict
Belinha and Amber certainly seemed to feel right at home, enjoying the fuss and attention the staff gave them. If they had any canine criticism about their visit to The Melusine, it would probably be that they weren’t allowed to sample the seafood too…
So did The Melusine deliver an unexpected and unforgettable experience? I would say it lived up to its mission. The menu was delicious and surprising, as was how much we enjoyed our evening at this small seafood restaurant in St Katharine Docks with our two dogs.
Also worth knowing is that the dog-friendly The Melusine is handily located (approx a 6-minute walk) to combine with a visit to London’s iconic Dog-friendly Tower Bridge.
Plus it’s a genuinely refreshing change to the usual chain restaurants you find in the area and one even as a vegetarian, I look forward to visiting again.
Dog-friendly The Melusine Restaurant – Key Info
Are dogs always welcome at The Melusine? Yes, well-behaved dogs are welcome both inside the restaurant and outside on the Terrace at all times. There are no size restrictions for canine customers but do let the restaurant know when booking so they can reserve you the best table. This is especially true if you have a bigger dog given the intimate nature of the space.
Dog-friendly Features: Water and treats were immediately offered to both dogs when we arrived.
Where and When: You can find The Melusine at Unit K, Ivory House, St Katharine Docks, E Smithfield, London E1W 1AT. The Melusine is open from 10 am to 10:30 pm Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 am to 5:00 pm on Sundays and closed on Mondays.
Getting There: Tower Hill is the closest public transport at just a 6-minute walk from The Melusine.