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Review: The Fish Cafe – Hampstead, London

Food-and-Baker-Fish-Cafe-1A cold Thursday night in February after work, we hopped straight on the Northern Line to visit Fish Cafe, a newly refurbished and revitalised restaurant on the affluent Hampstead High Street. Just a minute’s walk from the station is something that could be mistaken for a fish and chip shop, and it is, but that’s only half the story.

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We can’t wait to return and check out their takeaway offering as if the standards are anything like we experienced in the fish and seafood restaurant beyond the front counter, then we are really looking at calling it our new number one. Top quality London fish and chips are far harder to come by than you’d expect in our experience, but maybe that gap in the market has just been filled and the game has been forever changed. 

The round submarine like mirrors and sea life decor meant we’d gone from being underground to underwater within moments and if the quality and freshness of the produce is anything to go by, it was like the chefs had just popped out to catch the fish there and then.  

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We started with deep fried calamari which was meaty, crisp and heightened by the punchy tartare mayo. Throwing it back to a summers day spent on the beaches of Whitstable, we rounded the starters off with lemon and Tabasco sprinkled oysters. 

We can’t help but check out restaurant menus before we arrive, and then pose pretending as if we don’t know what we’re about to order. There was major hype for the lobster mac n cheese, and damn, it did not disappoint. It was everything a top quality mac n cheese should be – both mozzarella and cheddar to get the dreamy cheese pull, and in a massive portion. Having never had it with lobster before, we were excited. It turned out to be the ultimate match made in heaven and the best mac we’ve ever had. 

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The cold night meant we opted for the fish stew to warm the heart and reward the taste buds. It had absolutely everything you could possibly think of – cod, mussels, squid, prawns and so much more. The hot steam raced out when the lid was literally lifted from the Moroccan style dish and the taste and tenderness from every single ingredient meant it never became too much. 

Thank you so much to everyone at Fish Cafe for looking after us so well. The service by the manager, Alok, was top notch and unfortunately we were so full we had to decline his offer of a dessert.

The menu has so much to offer so we’re sure we’ll be back again very soon.

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12 Comments

  1. Kayleigh Zara
    March 9, 2020 / 5:02 pm

    Mac and cheese with lobster sounds absolutely life changing! I’m a really big fan of fish dishes when I go out so I will have to check this out. The calamari sounds exceptional too.

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      March 19, 2020 / 6:53 pm

      Oh. My. Goodness. You do not understand – the lobster mac n cheese is life changing!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. March 9, 2020 / 5:05 pm

    That mac & cheese looks amazing! Sounds like such a lovely restaurant which offers quite a unique experience!

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      March 19, 2020 / 6:53 pm

      We would highly recommend!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. March 9, 2020 / 5:08 pm

    Wow, this looks like such a delicious and comforting meal! The lobster mac n cheese looks so good, I’ve never tried that before, but I would certainly give it a go! It sounds like a you had wonderful experience, I’m feeling extremely hungry after reading your post and looking at your amazing photos! <3 xx

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    • foodandbaker
      Author
      March 19, 2020 / 6:55 pm

      The mac n cheese is seriously to die for! You have to try it for sure!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  4. March 9, 2020 / 5:28 pm

    Holy heck! I absolutely love seafood, so I really, really, really wanna go here. You had me at calamari! The lobster mac and cheese sounds amazing too!

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      March 19, 2020 / 6:56 pm

      Can’t beat calamari as a starter! It was a perfect start to the meal!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  5. March 9, 2020 / 8:04 pm

    Fabulous pictures – they are very well done! Nice review!

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      March 19, 2020 / 6:56 pm

      Thank you – glad you enjoyed it!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  6. March 10, 2020 / 1:26 am

    These pictures are AMAZING! I didn’t realize that good fish and chips are hard to come by. Thank you for the informative post. When I visit London I will keep this place in mind.

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      March 19, 2020 / 6:57 pm

      When you’ve got so many options in the UK, you’ve got to find the best ones!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

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