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8 reviews of FishWorks in English
this is a great little restaurant, serves up fish caught on the south coast. clever shared nibbles of bread with dips, and then great range of starters and mains – i had the calamari and the special dish of plaice with caper and butter sauce. the plaice was sensational. good range of reasonably priced wine. The dining area is quite small, located at the back of the building and fronted by a real working fish shop. you can pick you fish from the counter if you want. for the more decadent you can select sharing platters including fruits de mer, lobster.
Went for a late lunch at Fish Works on Sunday. A sunny weekend is definitely the perfect time to experience the quintessentially English, village feel of Marylebone high street. All chic boutiques and pavement cafes crowded with pretty young things.
Heading into the restaurant the first thing you notice are the gorgeous, high piles of fish and crustacea by the entrance. Sadly they are also the first things you smell. Although striking, there is something unpleasant about walking through a pungent cloud of fish to get to your table.
Would totally recommend booking through top table as there is currently a spectacular offer on the al a carte. All the mains were delicious – tuna was perfect, as were garlicky prawns. Sadly sides were disappointing – bland spinach and a peculiar side salad drenched in oil. Also, inattentive service marred the experience somewhat. No one manning front of house meant we had to walk to the back to find someone to seat us, and I practically had to rugby tackle a waiter to order desert and a coffee.
However, would still recommend as the food definitely makes up for it.
If you like fish.
I very rarely write a 5 star review and save them for places like this. Arrived via TopTable. First piece of advice: don't bother - it's a poor substitute for the a la carte menu. The one proviso is that you must love fish. I noticed a steak for non fish lovers but not sure how true vegetarians would fare. We had a mixed shellfish starter to share - lovely - and had fish and chips and swordfish each for mains. Delicious. Very non fussy service and good wine list - what's to fault? Unless you hate fish...
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I went here for a business lunch; only because my colleague was a fish fanatic. The great news was that I could have a steak which was excellent, and the fish (and there’s one heck of a choice) served up was beautiful. It’s not a rushed or hurried environment. we could happily talk at lunchtime without raising voices too.
If you love fresh seafood… this is the place! There is a good variety, fish, oysters, mussels, lobster, scallop! yummy! The freshness is without doubts and rest assure you will get great dishes out of the fresh ingredients… However, the price is a little steep. There were two of us and the bill was about £120 including drinks.
Great plaice! Ha ha. No really, this restaurant (one of a few dotted around London) is ideal is you love fresh seafood. Fishmongers at the front, cosy restaurant in the back. Go early to avoid dissapointment as it’s always busy and fully booked. You can pick your fish from a fresh, constantly changing, selection and have it grilled/baked/fried however you wish.
Oysters, mussels, lobsters and of course Fruit de Mare (seafood mix platter) are all available too.
The restaurant has been revamped since visiting last and has toned down the bright blue wall and paintings to a more calm green paneling and classic black and white photos of Brixham (where the fish is caught). They have failed to tart up the corridor and steps down to the toilets, which is a shame as it’s starting to look grubby.
The service is pleasant but a little forced at times, and the open counter where they prepare drinks is too open for staff to argue (a little). The table next to ours had to wait for one of their starters but we had no complaints about timing, even when we ordered a dressed Dartmouth crab.
Overall I think this a very pleasant night out, but maybe save it for a special occasion because of the price.
My whole family are big fans of FishWorks. The food is realy wuality and you know how fresh it is by the stench of the fish lying out on ice in the front window as you walk past the shop. Everything is delicious, but my particular favourites are the fish cakes that are just packed full with fish (obviously), potatoes and yummy goodness.
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