FishWorks

Restaurants, Seafood Mayfair
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FishWorks
Venue says Pick a fish from the counter, choose the way you like it cooked, have it filleted at your table. For 2-4 to share. Trust seafood.

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. FishWorks' sister branch is in Marylebone.

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FishWorks says
Piccadilly FishWorks is the latest addition to the FishWorks family and is an essential for seafood lovers. The restaurant offers a traditional wet fish counter where you can buy fish to take home and cook, or you can select any fish or crustacean with our fishmonger and have it cooked there to your liking.

This chic restaurant is minutes away from the bustle of Piccadilly hidden away down a quiet street. The restaurant opens its glass window façade doors creating a fantastic atmosphere, great for corporate dining and enjoying a pre-theatre meal before hitting the west end. Part of an award winning London restaurant group, we’re doing what we do best – sourcing, preparing and serving the freshest and best seafood in town. We believe the secret to perfect seafood is cooking it simply and seasonally. Chalkboards display our daily landings or diners can choose from our classic menu with delights such as piled-high fruits de mer, scrumptious South Coast scallops or simply the best gourmet cod and chips you will ever taste! We work closely with our suppliers, talking directly with fishing boats and South Coast fish markets who deliver us the freshest catch daily.

Our restaurants are proud to ensure our seafood is only sourced from well-managed and sustainable fisheries. We believe in providing the freshest and highest quality seafood to each of our valued customers, delivering the finest dining experience possible with our passionate team.
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Venue name: FishWorks
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Address: 7-9 Swallow St
London
W1B 4DG
Opening hours: Meals served noon-10.30pm daily
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Price: Main courses £14-£19. Set meal (noon-7pm) £18.95 2 courses
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Dave M

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?

Ros A
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I ate here a while back with some friends. It was the second time we've been here. This time was good quality food- most of us had lobster, with some sides of fries and salads shared amongst us. I was a little disappointed in my main meal last night, but sometimes you do just get a bit of a jobsworthy lobster who tastes crap and has no meat on himself, that probably wasn't anything to do with the restaurant.

Luckily, the desserts here are really lovely- I had the sticky toffee pudding and would recommend. It was a pal's birthday and they popped a candle in her eton mess, a nice touch.

I'd go back but I will say that since we had water and then 1 bottle of wine between 5 of us, perhaps 47.50 per head for two courses is a little pricy.

L+A

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.

Shawn

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.

Ksenia

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!

E

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.

Li bee

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...