Sea Fish – Angel

Reviewed on November 29th, 2013 by Dina

It has been a while since the Rate My Bistro team have been out together to review a place. Normally, we may just head to one of our many favourite places. This time, fish and chips was the food of choice for a late lunch. As we happened to be in Angel, it seemed like a good a time as any to try out Sea Fish!

Sea Fish has a sort of seaside feel to it! There is the white brushed furniture and the sea blue colours with their feature wall. The dining area is spacious and feels light, airy and clean. The decor with its framed pictures and lighting makes the restaurant feel modern. There is also an outdoor dining area at the back of the restaurant.

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When you enter Sea Fish, there is the take away counter if you didn’t want to eat in. The regular fish and chips was ordered. The food was brought to us quickly and not long after we had ordered. The staff told us that the fish had just come out of the fryer. The soft succulent fish was encased in the crispy batter.

The chips were served in a bowl with some tartare sauce on the side. Soft, fluffy, crispy chips together with the fish made for a simple but classic delicious meal. Usually I have mushy peas with fish and chips, but this time even without the peas, the dish was yummy. The table also had the normal condiments of tomato ketchup, salad cream, salt and vinegar.

The staff at Sea Fish were really friendly and so welcoming. They gave us great personal service. When we mentioned that we were going to be sharing the meal, they automatically brought us an extra plate when the food was served.

There seems to be a spate of trendy fish and chip shops popping up at the moment. But here at Rate My Bistro, we think that we have stumbled across yet another gem of a place with Sea Fish. It is a classic, unpretentious restaurant with a relaxed dining atmosphere. Sea Fish is highly recommended and I am sure we will return time and time again!

Sea Fish, 205 Upper Street, Angel, London, N1 1RQ

Rating: ★★★★★

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Pescatori – Fitzrovia

Reviewed on February 8th, 2013 by Dina

After a good but busy kind of a week, it felt fitting to take some time out and go out for dinner. The location of Pescatori was at the quieter end of Charlotte Street, away from the many other eateries.

The initial vibe that I got when I first entered Pescatori was that it felt very welcoming. This continued throughout the whole evening. The restaurant had a rustic feel to it with its dark wooden beams, arches and alcoves. There was also a boat and oars hanging from the ceiling!

Sardines are so underrated; they are one of my favourite fish. Three butterflied chargrilled sardines with salsa verde was my starter dish. The lightness of the sardines went well with the rich tomato salsa verde. The sardines were served with half of an Amalfi lemon. A delicious start to my evening meal.

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The next course consisted of a steamed Severn and Wye salmon fillet. The salmon was a big chunky portion and it was nice that it wasn’t dressed with lots of additional flavouring, just a simple cream sauce. The salmon was supposed to come with crushed potato and watercress salad. As I wanted something hot, I had the black venere rice instead of the salad. The crushed potato came mixed with olives and capers. The steamed salmon dish was a satisfying and filling meal.

The evening would not have been complete without the dessert. Originally, I was going to have the almond pannacotta but then thought that it may be too creamy for my liking. So, the apple and blackberry sbrisolata was chosen. This was like a fruit tart topped with a pistachio and hazelnut crumble. The fruit was perfectly sweet and it was lovely with the ice cream and the sauce.

The staff were really friendly and professional. They made the whole dining experience feel special. It was nice that they recommended dishes. It was good to see the chefs at work in the open kitchen at the back of the restaurant. The staff were attentive, but let me take my time over the meal.

Dining at Pescatori was a perfect evening out and it felt like a real treat. A good end to a busy few days! It seemed that Pescatori was a busy and popular restaurant and I look forward to returning to try some more of their dishes!

Pescatori, 57 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4PD

Rating: ★★★★★

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The Brasserie on St John St – Angel

Reviewed on July 29th, 2012 by Dina

A beautiful hot summer’s day meant a lovely day to be dining al fresco. The outdoor area at this restaurant was enclosed by hedges, so it really did not feel like we were close to the main road.

The menu at The Brasserie showcases mainly seafood but there are a couple of meat and vegetarian options as well. There wasn’t anything that really caught my eye for the starters. But on the main dishes, there was a spring vegetable and parmesan risotto. I asked the waiter if it was possible that I could have a starter portion of this dish and he said that was absolutely fine.

The risotto was perfect in size, presentation and taste! It was jam packed with vegetables including peas, green beans, baby corn and carrots. It was topped with slices of parmesan cheese. We were also given some bread to go with our meal.

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It was a tough decision whether to go for the fish and chips or the sea bass for the main dish. As it was such a summery day, I thought that the fish and chips may be too heavy a meal.

The actual dish was sea bass fillet with sweet parsnip puree and vanilla saffron sauce. I love sea bass but I wasn’t sure how well the parsnip puree and the vanilla saffron sauce would go with it. The two fillets of sea bass were cooked just right with crispy skins and soft flesh. These were on top of the parsnip puree with the sauce surrounding it. I was thinking that it may be too sweet with the parsnip and the vanilla saffron sauce, but it wasn’t. The flavours were well balanced.

My friend had the crab cake for the starter and the grilled large prawns with green salad for the main. The crab cake was of a good size and came with salad. Juicy big pink prawns, cooked perfectly, were very satisfying.

As we were at this restaurant for the whole afternoon, we had time and space for some dessert. Even though I mostly think as crumble being a winter’s day dessert, it took my fancy. The spiced apple and plum crumble came in a big shot glass with a scoop of ice cream. Big slices of apple and chunks of plum were topped with crunchy crumble. Again, another dish done well.

The service was great and our waiter was really friendly. He let us take our time with deciding on our order. When he realised that we were not in any sort of a hurry, he said that we should just call him when we were ready to order. It made us feel that we could just relax and enjoy our time dining at this restaurant.

All of the food at The Brasserie was of a high quality, fresh and delicious. It is a fantastic restaurant to dine at and together with the service, it is a great place to go to.

The Brasserie on St John St, 360-362 St John Street, London, EC1V 4NR

Rating: ★★★★★

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