Prawn on the Lawn

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A fishmonger and neighbourhood seafood joint in Islington

Back in 2014, Islington fishmonger-with-food Prawn on the Lawn made headlines when it briefly became TripAdvisor’s best-rated restaurant in London, musselling – sorry, muscling – all the big boys out of the way.

Now, in addition to spawning (sorry, sorry!) a coastal site down in Padstow, Cornwall, Prawn on the Lawn has closed its original Islington Green spot and moved to this bigger space up the road. It’s still got a neighbourhood vibe. As well as a fish counter (tucked into the corner), this split-level joint has a handful of tables, plus counters at the window and up by the open kitchen. Slightly bizarrely, it was also playing loud-ish dance music. On a Wednesday night.

As for the food, it’s mixed. There’s no doubt the fish itself is sparklingly fresh, but what they do with it doesn’t always work. A few dishes, like ray with ’nduja, or the tempura-battered oysters, dazzled. Others were amateurish, like good-quality seared tuna that deserved better than the excessively salty, one-note ‘Asian’ dressing it came with. Or scallops with a Thai curry sauce that belonged at a ’70s dinner party: no complexity, no kick.

But still, you should book ahead. Even on weeknights, it gets super busy.

By: Tania Ballantine

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Venue name: Prawn on the Lawn
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Address: 292-294 St Paul's Road
London
N1 2LH
Transport: Tube: Highbury and Islington
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £95.
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The food is always incredible and the service friendly. Behind the quirky fishmonger-turned-restaurant setup and funky decor is the best fresh seafood in North London. The menu is always evolving, the portions are good and the deserts are a delight. I adore this venue.


I went there few times and is one of my favorite seafood bar in London!

The atmosphere is amazing and the staff always friendly and polite!

The fish always fresh and the menu is always different. Highly recommended.


The seafood food with the concept is particularly intriguing, probably one of my most favorite seafood bars.


Hot summers evening, you'd think the last think you would trust is a basement restaurant selling fresh seafood. But I am so glad I took the risk. The basement is cool thanks to the cold wine and air conditioning. We shared a huge platter of shellfish and our favourite was the selection of oysters. We got some side plates to share after and then more oysters as they were sooo good! This place is a must if you are in the area and love shellfish

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This is one of my favourite spots in Highbury and I'm surprised it doesn't have more reviews! Upstairs is a fishmongers, but downstairs is a cosy restaurant serving delicious fresh fish and seafood. It's a small but perfectly formed restaurant and if you are a lover of this type of food I would highly recommend it.