Location: The City
Dinner for two with wine: £65 (Set menu)
Tucked up a quiet side street directly opposite Liverpool Street Station, Fish Market’s name leaves little to the imagination and does exactly what it says on the tin. I visited on Monday evening with a friend for a belated birthday dinner, so it was relatively quiet which suited us as we had a lot of catching up to do.
I arrived alone and was greeted immediately by a friendly waiter who gave me the choice of sitting inside or out on the terrace, and after a 40 minute train journey I chose the latter. I’m taking every opportunity to eat outside while we’re in these last few days of summer!
The terrace area mostly consisted of tables for 2, although they could have been pushed together for larger bookings, and were adorned with flowers and candles. The iron railings around the terrace were also covered in foliage which gave a more private feel to the terrace.
The menu offered a great selection of fish and some meat options, as well as a seafood platter which sounded divine. I was also pleasantly surprised to see a Set Menu option on the side of the standard menu, offering 2 courses for £16.50 and 3 courses for £19.50. That really is astonishing value for money, especially when you consider in what a prime location Fish Market resides.
I ordered a bottle of rosé which was £34, we didn’t wait for longer than 3 minutes for this and then we both chose the set menu. My friend’s choice was the chilled spiced tomato and basil soup to start and I opted for the brown shrimp, king prawn and barley salad.
My starter was well presented, with a butterflied king prawn atop a bed of a brown shrimp and barley salad dressed in refreshing vinaigrette. As my friend hadn’t properly read her menu, she was a little apprehensive when her soup arrived cold but after the initial shock she enjoyed it and said she wouldn’t hesitate to order chilled soup again!
Our main courses were Hake wrapped in cured ham, and stone bass with a champagne cream sauce. The hake was meaty yet tender and although I’m unsure what type of ham was used, it complemented the fish without making the dish too salty. My friends main, the stone bass, was also a hit with well crisped skin and a delicious sauce. The only thing she wasn’t keen on was the braised baby gem.
Dessert was the only disappointment of the evening, I chose the apple pie which which was definitely more pie than apple! My guest chose the cheese and biscuits, but the biscuit to cheese ratio meant that she left quite a lot of the cheese.
A particular highlight was our waiter who was very attentive and friendly throughout, without being intrusive, and returned regularly to top up our wine and water. Who doesn’t love good service!?
Overall my experience at Fish Market was great value for money, with good food and excellent service- I’ll definitely be going back and recommending it for dates and after after-work drinks with colleagues or friends.
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