I’ve walked past Fish Market in London’s New Street at least a dozen times recently, and been charmed by their lovely terrace area outside. Browsing through TopTable.com this week, I noticed that Fish Market offer two courses for £16.50, or three courses for £19.50, so it was time to give this D&D London chain restaurant a try!
Just off Devonshire Square, Fish Market is tucked away just a few minutes stroll from Liverpool Street Station, handy for both myself and Mr Q, who works just around the corner.
Our booking was for 6:15pm, but we arrived early to enjoy a drink on the terrace, and were warmly welcomed and seated without fuss.
We plumped for the two courses, and ordered our starters from the set menu – salt and pepper squid with roasted garlic and chili, along with the smoked salmon rillete and croutons.
The squid was tender, crispy, full of flavour, and accompanied by a gorgeous creamy dipping sauce. The serving size was huge, and wasn’t at all greasy like some salt and pepper squid can be.
My smoked salmon rillete was beautiful. Lemony, and full of fresh chives, this potted delight was the perfect way to kick off my meal.
I was mostly looking forward to my main – the mussel linguine with diced tomato and garlic cream – as I’d had a long day and was absolutely starving. Sadly, I was left wanting…
The flavours were lovely, and the mussels plentiful (although tiny!) but there just wasn’t enough pasta. I would say that I managed to twirl about four small forkfuls of linguine before I was left with nothing to do but gingerly pick the meat from the mussels.
Unfortunately, Mr Q didn’t fare much better – his risotto was also a very tiny serving. I’d estimate there was only about a 1/2 cup of risotto on the plate…
Nevertheless, the flavours were fresh and summery, and the texture oozy and rich without being gluggy. Yum.
We were given plenty of fresh sliced baguette to accompany our meal, so after a second round of bread, we felt the hunger pains dissipate.
The very best thing about Fish Market is the service. Attentive and friendly with not a hint of pretention, the staff anticipated our every need before we even needed to ask. Brilliant.
In terms of value for money, for £16.50 for two courses it was close to outstanding. With a more generous-sized main, it would have been absolutely perfect.
I’d absolutely recommend Fish Market to anyone looking for a casual, relaxed meal only a short walk from the bustle of Liverpool Street.