Food options honour different Mediterranean cuisines. There are roasted sardines, saganaki, fritto misto (fried seafood), salami-filled jaffles and rotating pastas.
The other highlight is the premium canned seafood. The “Tinned” section of Neptune’s menu features seafood from Spanish canneries. Arroyabe tuna belly comes with pickled onion, capers and parsley; Ramon Pena mussels are served with paprika, pickled green tomato and shaved parmesan (sardines and octopus also come from Ramon Pena); cockles (Cabo De Pena) are dressed with Calabrian chilli oil and lemon; and anchovies (Cuca) come with tomato and red pepper.
Canned seafood goes well with albariño, a white wine from northwest Spain, as well as any other dry white or vermouth. You’ll find a number of these on the 300-bottle wine list.
The two-storey, 140-seat interior is low-lit and moody, with warm lighting, dark timber furniture and black ceilings that contrast with exposed-brick walls.
There’s footpath seating, and various areas to settle into for the night; bar stools, tables and chairs, banquettes, a lounge by a fireplace. The team will even keep your un-finished alcohol in a whisky locker upstairs: buy a bottle and Neptune will keep it safe until your next visit.