The simple menu at this Notting Hill restaurant (opened October 2012) takes you through classics including fish cakes, scampi and, of course, cod and chips (£11.90). Our cod and ‘rock eel’ were crisp-battered and succulent, served with golden-hued fat chips and tartare sauce; the mushy peas were a slightly lurid green, but tasted no worse for it. The small dining areas are clean and attractive, the service welcoming. The Fish House is not related to Fish House in Victoria Park, east London.
Note: We're open as a cafe Monday-Friday daytime, with a street food menu - and Thursday - Saturday evenings for restaurant service. We don't take reservations for daytimes - so just walk on in! We’re the UK’s first kitchen incubator, helping London’s most promising and original food entrepreneurs to get started. In partnership with top British designer Tom Dixon, our restaurant takes over the intimate space downstairs from The Dock Kitchen - looking right over the dock waters. The focus is affordable, informal concepts from world over - a short street food menu, served up on small plates, alongside our natural wine list picked by Tutto. This month's residency: Kushi's Japanese Tacos: umami-filled crispy gyoza shells, with yuzu kosho grilled chicken, red miso ox cheek, and seasonal greens.
Restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, creators of the Wolseley and the Delaunay, have struck gold with this grand art deco basement brasserie. It’s a huge set-up and attracts a mix of tourists, office types and couples. Affordable French staples are the big draw and set menus start at under a tenner for two courses. In the months after it opened, we’d been impressed by the quality of cooking and on-the-ball service, but recently we’ve detected a dip in standards. In a meal of hits and misses, highlights included a generous main course of beef bourguignon – meaty chunks simmered in a robust red wine-onion-garlic sauce, accompanied by buttery mash. The haché steak was less impressive, though; instead of chopped meat being shaped and loosely held together, we were presented with a salty, overcooked burger patty. Chocolate profiteroles helped to restore faith – the perfectly baked crisp globes of choux pastry, crammed with splendid whipped vanilla cream, went down a treat with an indulgent chocolate sauce. The house wine, priced at bargain basement rates, provides great value. Let’s hope the kitchen brigade is back on track soon, and service staff numbers are increased at busy times.
Venue says: “Dine with us and enjoy live music! Our swinging house bands play six nights a week from 9.30pm (9pm on Sundays).”