The Fish Place

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Clapham Junction

This restaurant has both the best and worst of locations. Best if it’s a sunny day and you want a view of the Thames towards Wandsworth Bridge, well away from the usual Battersea crowds.

Worst if it’s the middle of winter, and dark, and you’re the only diners in the restaurant.

Allow yourself an extra half hour to locate the place if it’s your first visit – that’s how long it took us, as the only sign is a small placard tied to a lamppost out on York Road. A restaurant down a coal mine would be easier to find.

So here’s how you actually find Fish Place. Look for the Hotel Verta on Bridges Court Road, then cut through a lane to the riverside and turn left (west). Fish Place is the unmarked, two-storey, glass-fronted dining room on the side of a brand new residential development on the river.

After the hunt, this holy grail might seem a little disappointing. The two floors are decorated in a modern Continental hotel look, with marble tables that clatter whenever tableware is placed on them. The rooms have as much personality as an office equipment showroom.

The menu’s pricey, and a little old-fashioned; appetisers appeared unbidden, even sorbets between the starter and main course. But to the chef’s credit, the cooking’s very good.

A starter of king prawns (£9.50) was pan-fried and served with puy lentils, bacon and a vinaigrette which tied the elements together. A fillet of brill was nicely grilled, and attractively presented with baby clams in the shell, baby leeks and a lemon beurre blanc (£23.75).

The menu mentions that the fish comes from ‘local fisherman who go out on day-boats’ – curious, as listed ingredients include Atlantic prawns and cod.

Our cod (£22.40) was certainly fresh though, topped with a dark drizzle of braised oxtail, and sat on a pale green purée made using spinach and leek.

Desserts are essentially French and cost around £7-8.The wines by the glass are good, the service was nice and solicitous. It’sall too easy to spend a lot more than a hundred quid for two here though.

Venue name: The Fish Place
Contact:
Address: Vicentia Court, Bridges Court Road
London
SW11 3GY
Opening hours: Open Noon-2.30pm, 7-10.30pm Tue-Sat; noon-3pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Clapham Junction rail or bus 44
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £100. Set lunch from £15 per head (two courses)

Average User Rating

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Matt Stuart

All I can say about this Restaurant. Amazing views, Amazing Food Amazing Service!! try to belive it.

J Carreton

Restaurant was very good. The food was very fresh and the deserts were great. I do not agree at all with the rating by Guy Dimond. I don't understand why "being winter and dark" has anything to do with the quality of the restaurant. Restaurant is in a great location overlooking the thames in a safe and quiet area. New signs are up and it is easier to find restaurant. The plates are VERY affordable and I don't think it's easy to spend over £100. Everything is affordable and they have great deals daily. For example, today they had fresh caught lobster for £20. BEST fish and chips, and on Friday's only £12 with a cup of wine I believe (not sure if this deal is still available). Amazing restaurant and I definitively recommend and would go back again.

A Halilovic

Came on a weekend, food was amazing, atmosphere was great and the service was outstanding. Friendly workers, food is fresh, and price is very affordable. I definitely recommend. Best seafood I've had, particularly in London.