fish! Kitchen - Kingston
Situated in the heart of foodie mecca – Borough Market, fish! shines like a beacon thanks to its glass and steel design. Established in 1999 and recently refurbished with a new menu to match, it’ll lure you in with its tempting menu and cheery ambience.
From classics like beer-battered fish and chips and fishcake with beurre blanc to ceviche and chargrilled squid, fish! offers a variety of seafood and fi sh (grilled, steamed or battered), quick bites and dinner options to linger over. If you’re not a fish-eater, there are vegetarian and meat dishes available.
To begin, I chose ceviche – a South American speciality of raw fish marinated in citrus juices. Ceviche requires fresh, quality fish and mine was delicately complemented by coriander, red onion and avocado. My partner’s starter of dressed Dorset crab and mayonnaise on sourdough was wonderfully rich and creamy. Our friendly waitress advised that we try the popular smoked haddock fish! dish, and it certainly won me over – haddock perched on a bed of spinach and bubble and squeak, topped with a poached egg, and creamy Hollandaise sauce on the side was soon demolished. It was both elegant and comforting. Meanwhile, the Scottish langoustines prompted an excited gasp as they arrived at our table, prettily arranged, grilled with chilli and garlic, and served with a simple tomato and onion salad. Like the ceviche, the dish showcased the freshness of each ingredient and let the flavours shine through.
There’s always a stream of guests that visit for brunch, lunch and dinner, as fish! appeals to all. It’s family-friendly, with choices like fish finger sandwiches to keep little ones happy. There’s also a fish! kitchen in Kingston, so those south west of the river can sample the delicious fare a little nearer to home. It comes as no surprise that fish! won Best Food Service Provider at the National Fish and Chip Awards 2017. It certainly gets my vote as the best fish restaurant in London, with its winning combination of fresh food and warm atmosphere.