Restaurant in London
Taking over the legendary Old Bengal Warehouse near Liverpool Street Station, expanding bar and restaurant group D&D London have brought two new restaurants and a bar to London's East End – one being a vibrant new fish restaurant called Fish Market, which I visited one chilly winter’s evening.
Fish Market’s interior is very much in keeping with the current trend of fish restaurants having an almost industrial fishing trawler ambience including an abundance of raw fish on display for diners to marvel over.
With its robust pillars, abundance of hard surfaces and a ducted ceiling, you can be forgiven for thinking you’re not actually in the East End of London but rather sitting in a seaside restaurant with the fresh catch of the day on display for all to see including freshly caught lobsters and crabs.
Choosing a comfortable leather sofa and iron table to the side, we were strategically positioned to see all the goings on in the restaurant, which actually happened to be fairly quiet being a Saturday evening. That said, you’d be hard pushed to get a table without a reservation on a weekday evening when the city is bustling with workers out on the Town.
You may well find it a real challenge, as we did, trying to choose which fish to have off the menu, which is filled with shell fish, oysters, ceviche, fresh raw platters and fresh catches of the day. Unable to make a decision we asked our friendly and knowledgeable waiter for some guidance.
Having quickly determined our likes and dislikes, we ended up settling for the mackerel ceviche accompanied with a perfectly ripe avocado mousse and a half dressed lobster with a tomato and red onion on the side.
To drink we were recommended a light and crisp Rosé, which paired perfectly with our starters.
As to our main course choices, we ended up choosing the fresh 600g John Dory and a portion of grilled scallops as they had unfortunately sold out of the mussels in white wine and garlic, which had been our first choice and clearly all the other diners’ first choice that day. The fish was cooked to perfection and beautifully tender and showed up the only average scallops. That said, our meal was delicious and the service impeccable.
Fish Market may well be a bit on the pricey side, but that is nothing out of the norm for this side of Town, but with its sustainability credentials and some of the freshest fish on the menu, you’ll come away feeling quite satisfied.
Once again D&D London have come up with another success story.
Jenifer Howard is a London based freelance writer
Photographs courtesy of Fish Market
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Need to book||Advisable|
|Clientele||City workers during the week, casual diners at weekends|
|Restaurant good for||Couples, Families with children, Bar scene, Small groups, Doing business, Meeting up with friends|
|Cost per head||High|
|Dress Code||Smart Casual|
|Dining Options||Lunch, Dinner|
With its bright tones, white brickwork and a marble bar, there is nothing subtle about the interior, but it works particularly well with the option of al fresco dining when the unpredictable British weather permits.
Shell fish range from £4 to £29 (whole lobster). Light bites and starters within the £5 to £20 bracket (more towards the latter), most fish mains between £15 to £20 such as fish and chips, bowl of mussels, smoked haddock fish cakes. Bottles of house wine start from £20 with most nearing the £40 to £50 mark.
Last updated on 02-02-2016