FishWorks Seafood Cafe

2-4 Catherine Street, Holborn, London, WC2B 5JY
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2-4 Catherine Street, Holborn, London, WC2B 5JY

020 7240 4999


Other Branches
Fishworks Seafood Cafe


Nearest Station
Covent Garden (0.19 miles)

Opening Times
monday Opens 12:00 - Closes 23:00
tuesday Opens 12:00 - Closes 23:00
wednesday Opens 12:00 - Closes 23:00
thursday Opens 12:00 - Closes 23:00
friday Opens 12:00 - Closes 23:00
saturday Opens 12:00 - Closes 22:30
sunday Opens 12:00 - Closes 23:00

All In London Review

A little luxe without being pretentious or stuffy

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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, but if the catch of the day is eluding you somewhat in central London, Fishworks has you covered. With two existing London sites in Marlyebone and Piccadilly, Fishworks sailed into theatreland back in October, serving up the freshest fish and seafood, responsibly sourced from Devon and Cornwall’s fish markets and day boats. Throw in a beautiful marble oyster bar, an in-house fishmonger and an opulent private dining room and you’re in for a treat.

Fishworks manages to feel just a little luxe without being pretentious or stuffy; when we visited the clientele seemed a mix of a pre-theatre and post-work crowd. The menu is a pescatarian’s dream with every kind of fishy in varying states of dress, alongside lavish shellfish spreads, fruits de mer platters and a daily specials board. Come Sundays it’s all about free-flowing prosecco as they’ve also included a bottomless Prosecco brunch on their menu. The wine list interestingly also features a selection of ‘maritime’ wines, produced within 10 miles of the coast, a delightfully unique touch I’ve not come across before.

We started our meal with a trio of rock oysters from three different locations, Morecambe Bay, Jersey and Carlingford. Each has its own particular flavour and trying all three together is certainly recommended to really define the flavour of each. For starters I chose the hand-dived king scallops, sautéed with white wine and garlic butter, topped with breadcrumbs and Pernod which made for an interesting and intriguing flavour combination. Certainly food for thought when next cooking them at home. On the other side of the table the tuna carpaccio wasn’t quite as successful; though the tuna itself was pleasant enough, it was vastly overpowered by the amount of ginger spread across the plate, while the soy sauce and mango that were supposed to accompany were negligible.

The grilled seafood platter was more successful, with a scallop, crumbling fillet of sea bass, sea bream and chill ginger prawns, a plate reminiscent of a Mediterranean holiday. Though the menu included a host of tasty sounding dishes, I decided to go for comfort food and chose a perfect cod and chips; flaky, crispy, incredible homemade tartare; you can’t go wrong.

We just about had room for a hearty crumble and custard for pudding, along with a rather sublime peach and passionfruit Eton mess; the taste of summer.

Other than the slightly over-gingered tuna, my only other gripe was the service; it was incredibly slow and a little all over the place at times, so much so that were were there for two hours before even eating dessert. Hopefully the pre-theatre crew didn’t have such problems or they’d be missing curtain up.

Reviewed by Laurel
Published on Dec 9, 2019

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