As a child growing up in Cornwall, you’d have thought I’d have had a penchant for a fishy dishy from an early age, but no; ironically, my appreciation for seafood only blossomed when I had left the motherland for pastures new. While I’m still a long way off being able to eat something that’s staring me in the face, I’m particularly partial to a fillet here and a clam there. In my five years of living in London, I haven’t found an eatery that specialises in seafood any better than FishWorks, just off Piccadilly.
After a (very busy) visit to the Royal Academy to see the Modern Gardens exhibition (for which you can see my review here), my dearest darling mother and I were peckish so I decided to take her* to FishWorks. I’ve been there four times now, but this was my first lunchtime visit, and I was pleased to see it bustling without losing its classy-seaside-in-the-city vibe and overall ambience. London is abundant with scenester restaurants and the whole FishWorks experience is a departure from that; it’s classic, not novelty and this is reflected from the menu to the decor. For a Cornish person to say this eatery wouldn’t be out of place in Cornwall’s finer neighbourhoods is a hella compliment.
*in the literal sense. She ‘took me there’ in the financial sense – cheers mumsie x
Our opening prosecco was delightful. Bravo, sommelier. As a wine novice, it’s telling that even someone like me finds their dedication to wines evident.
As tempting as the daily specials were, we both ordered off the a la carte menu. Scallops for she; sea bass for me. Both were perfection and I’d hasten to say it is the best sea bass I’ve had in London. The spinach was largely unmemorable but the honey-roasted carrots with cumin were so good that I’ll be copying their recipe at home.
Unfortunately we both had to (s)cuttle off pretty sharpish so we didn’t get to have a pud. I’ll save that for next time, as my fourth visit certainly won’t be my last.