The Mayfair branch of this small chain of seafood restaurants is handsome and cleverly designed, thanks to dark wooden furniture, greeny-grey colours, and the nifty use of wine racks to divide up the space. Most of the fish is from Devon and the south coast.
Options range from oysters, whole Devon crab and Nova Scotia lobster thermidor to seared yellowfin tuna nicoise, Arbroath smokies with a freshly poached duck egg and chervil butter, lobster linguine and oven-roasted sea bass with fresh lemon thyme, olive oil and Cornish sea salt.
The wine list focuses on whites, though some reds do feature, too. Beers include Viceroy India Pale Ale from Westerham Brewery, Sagres and Peroni.
7-9 Swallow Street
|Opening hours:||Meals served noon-10.30pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube|
|Price:||Main courses £14-£19. Set meal (noon-7pm) £15.95 2 courses|
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Average User Rating
3 / 5
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Excellent food, pretentious restaurant, haughty staff. On my last experience, I was seated at a table that needed to be moved to allow access to the bench. It was moved, by the maitre'd - and not moved back after I was seated. I read the menu at my leisure, made my selections, and then, ten minutes later, walked out. I had not been even greeted by any of the staff, even the waiter serving the table next to me or others bustling about and serving the same area. (Could it have been that my tie was not of the finest silk? Or my haircut not quite posh enough? Who knows? I decamped, depressed (I had been looking forward to an excellent meal), and had a very very good meal next door at Bentley's--a great fish stew as well as a perfectly cooked main and, equally important, attentive and welcoming staff. Perhaps the food would have been 5% better at Fishworks (and the prices 30% higher), but when that sort of excellence is accompanied by lousy service, who wants it?
Went here for my birthday dinner after a night at the theatre - have used the various branches of the chain before, including this one. Food is always fine - not spectacular. I booked a late table post-theatre, and used my Taste card. Not sure whether it was the later hour (only 9.30pm!), a Tuesday night or that fact that I was using a discount card, but the service was frosty to the point of snarky. We were 'welcomed' with a comment of 'well, of course you have a Taste Card'! The items that were not included in the discount were then overly smugly pointed out to me my the maitre d'. We were made to feel thoroughly uncomfortable throughout the meal. The food, for the most part, was tasty. Though the aioli was bland and the tomato and onion salad was a lazy joke. My cutlery was thrown roughly in my direction rather than placed at my setting. The bill got the same treatment. Should've gone to Bentley's next door for a fish pie.
Fishworks was great food, atmosphere and service. i think the only complaint would be me not knowing the varieties of fish on the menu. I would love to return and try more of the menu. i just wish the market price for Dover Sole wasn't so high. Enjoy this place right down from Piccadilly Circus.
spent my mini birthday dinner there and fall in love with the place! fish-to-share was cooked as my sweet-heart granny does - just perfect!
it is a normal seafood bistro with good value and friendly services. But neither food nor decoration is impressive. I am always criticising why the fish size in London always much smaller than in costal cities. The situation here is there is no fresh, simple, good value seafood bistro in london for everyday meal and you cannot afford meals occasionally in Bentleys or Scotts.
We went for this deal on Saturday night due to the 50% off food offer. Was not impressed at all. The fish soup was all blended (most seafood restaurants would let fish do the talking and keep the big chunks of seafood as it is), prawn cocktail was...average and the bread forgotten. Mains were better but if I was going to pay £18 for monkfish I'd expect a lot more. Only 3 stars for the price...