With pride of place at the top of Marylebone High Street, FishWorks restaurant hides behind the glistening display of fish and crustacea that make up the fishmongers at the front of the restaurant.
FishWorks is famous for its supply of fantastically fresh, high quality South Coast fish right to the heart of central London, with a fishmonger available to guide you through the options and all items able to be cooked ready to take home or to the office, or simply prepared raw.
There is something warm and cosy about the inside of FishWorks. It probably does not honestly reflect the high quality of the food we were about to eat, but it creates a pleasantly informal atmosphere. After being seated we were greeted with the good news that just 6 oysters remained and were available if we wanted them – how could we say no?
Guided throughout our meal by an extremely knowledgable server, our native oysters arrived on ice paired with a perfect glass of dry white wine – the perfect start to any meal. Having apparently taken 9 years to grow, we savoured each oyster – they were of a good size and satisfyingly chewy and salty.
Alongside the famous homemade Taramasalata that FishWorks is so well known for, we each moved on to scallops and prawns as we continued on our voyage. The wild Madagascan prawns are a simple but great tasting dish served with garlic, white wine, chilli and fresh ginger, whilst the grilled South Coast scallops arrive beautifully presented in their shells and covered in breadcrumbs with white wine and garlic butter.
Alongside our starters we had moved on to another white wine that we were told would also compliment our mains – the Mar de Frades Albarino. Made in the Galicia region of northwest Spain it is tangy and delicious, tasting as though it is absolutely made for seafood. Things only got better as our mains arrived – from the specials menu, cod served with a beautifully rich garlic mashed potato and from the main menu devon ray served with black butter and capers. Both were flavoursome and well cooked, whilst the richness of the garlic mashed potato was a particular highlight of the meal.
As if after the above we had any space left for more, we battled on to dessert having been strongly recommended the treacle tart, served with a toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream. We also tried the lemon tart served with lemon sorbet – a refreshing palate cleanser that was perfectly not too zesty. With both desserts being accompanied with one Spanish and one French glass of dessert wine, we had finally reached the end of our marathon voyage through the FishWorks’ tasty seas.
Skipping straight to the point, we both agreed that it was one of the best meals we had had the pleasure of eating in a while. The food is not only delicious but prepared with care, beautifully presented and extremely well thought through – an element that continues outside of the kitchen as our server so perfectly demonstrated in guiding us through the menu and pairing wines with our food.
With Christmas just around the corner FishWorks have some great options – from FishWorks vouchers to Christmas Hampers containing the famous homemade Taramasalata, smoked salmon, wines and more, as well as a special festive season lunch or dinner Christmas three-course menu with a glass of Prosecco for £34.99. We know we’ll be going back soon.
89 Marylebone High Street
Nearest Tube: Baker Street, Regent’s Park, Bond Street
Phone: 020 7935 9796