The Wet Fish Café

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A café by day and smart brasserie by night, The Wet Fish Café & Brasserie is the perfect setting for cosy, romantic meals or lazy weekend brunches. Set in one of London's historic 'wet fish' shops in West Hampstead, the original Art Deco wall tiles and eclectic interior create a warm, neighbourly atmosphere. It is a hit with artsy West Hampstead locals who enjoy good jazz, cocktails and the Wet Fish Cafe’s own brand of “modern comfort food”. The seasonally changing menu is short and satisfying: it includes fish, meat and veggie dishes. Classics include the crispy squid with aioli, pollock with smoked lentils, chorizo oil and green beans, and rhubarb, ginger and almond crumble. The Early Bird menus are terrific value. Either pop in for pasta, fish or tapas between 4pm and 6pm with some truly enticing offers, or order by 7pm and return your table by 8pm for an irresistible deal on the prix fixe menu. And Early Bird offers are available all evening every Monday evening.
Venue name: The Wet Fish Café
Address: 242 West End Lane West Hampstead
Price: £26 to £40

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The Wet fish is my go to place for Breakfast in West Hampstead, it's the only place in the area that feels individual.  Great soya cappuccinos and great eggs with corn bread and bacon. It's buzzy and they do great juices too.  A great local place for a low key brunch 


I live nearby and have been here on three occasions, with various success. The first time I went on my own, and had the sea bass, which according to the waitress was the best thing on the menu, and it was nice - not the best fish meal I have had, but it was worth the money although the portion was quite small without any side dishes. The place always seems to be busy in the evenings, and the atmosphere was lovely and quite bohemian. Second time I only went in for a drink and a business meeting and came straight into an on-going jazz night. Music was lovely, and again, the place was packed and atmosphere great. Third time I went for late breakfast with my boyfriend, and we were both disappointed. The place was only about half full, but the waitress rather read the newspaper on the bar - in the view of the customers - than cleaning tables filled with empty glasses and plates. Second, she had a meal on the bar in front of us and kept on ignoring the customers. It took us a while to get her attention, and she was not very service minded. I ordered a coffee and my boyfriend a tea, and our hot drinks arrived about ten minutes after our water. The slices of lemon he got with his tea were dry and must have been a couple of days old and not very appealing. He ordered a breakfast dish with duck and potatoes, and it was very boring and tasteless and the duck was dry. My superfood salad about the same - it was okay, but with no exciting flavours, and something you could have made better at home. We were not very impressed with the place, regardless of a cozy venue with an old history, and unfortunately we won't be coming back, as the food is not worth what you pay for it. It must be said that the quick set lunches they do are very cheap and value for money, but you can't choose, it is only one set dish on offer every day, with a drink.