Not much survived a 2009 fire that ravaged the Sea Shell. Thankfully, its black and white checked marble floor endures, as does the affection and respect shown it by regulars and staff: ‘How did you hear about us?’ one waiter asked. Fellow diners, mainly older couples, were smartly dressed for their fish and chip supper. But then, with pale art deco-style surfaces, big colourful paintings and a tank of tropical fish, this is one posh chippy – and has prices to match.
Starters were of variable quality: a fish soup was weakly flavoured, yet whitebait were enjoyably large specimens with a robust crust. The batter on our cod (£14.95 with chips) was as delicate as the flesh was flaky, while panko-coated haddock came prickly with delicious spikes of the Japanese breadcrumb. Oil-free exteriors suggested expert frying. Mushy peas were deep green, and tartare sauce zinged with gherkins. Chips are ‘bottomless’ but we declined refills – they just didn’t seem fresh. Takeaways are much cheaper, though celeb-spotters should know that Bill Nighy usually eats in.
|Venue name:||Sea Shell of Lisson Grove||Contact:|
49-51 Lisson Grove
|Opening hours:||Meals served noon-10.30pm Mon-Sat|
|Price:||Main courses £12-£30|
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The Fish and Chips were of excellent quality and value.Served by waiter with a good sens of humor.When our food arrived, it was really well presented with big portions, and I can say confidently it was the best Fish and chips I've ever eaten: it was crisp and light, golden brown & shiny ,really fresh, and u could taste the oil it was deep fried in was of new and high quality. An absolute delight ....
We left truly impressed, congratulated the excellent staff for their excellent customer's service & kindness.
We'll definitely go back, as it's been a long time since I was happy & satisfied with dining out in London!
I revisited this fish and chip shop today after I having moved out of London 12 years ago. I was sadly disappointed, the fish wasn't cooked properly, it should have been flaky white but it was a grey translucent colour. A small pot of chips which weren't fresh came with the fish, but they had posted a sign that stated bottomless chips with main meal. Because I hadn't eaten all day ( it was 3pm) I asked for another pot of chips. when I had finished this small pot of chips the waiter glibly asked if I had had enough calories. At the time I didn't catch what he said because of his accent (Polish). I will not be going back and I would not recommend people to eat there. This restaurant is clearly using a reputation that was gained thirty years ago but does not live up to it now.