Named in homage to the wet fish shop that once resided at 242 West End Lane, the Wet Fish Café now offers hot drinks, cold drinks, boozey drinks, food, live music and art.
|Venue name:||The Wet Fish Café|
242 West End Ln
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Average User Rating
4.6 / 5
- 5 star:11
- 4 star:4
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:0
Fantastic! Lovely atmosphere, all cosy and candlelit in the evenings and pleasant staff. The beautiful antique tiled interior is contrasted with a rotating exhibit of contemporary art (for sale) chosen by the owner. As the name implies the concise menu is slanted mostly towards seafood. Dishes are thoughtfully put together with flavourful sauces and wide ranging uses of pulses rather than a glut of the typical potato offerings. Fantastic early bird menu (which runs all night on Mondays) makes the Fish a more regularly affordable treat. Prepare to queue for Brunch. There's a healthy edge to the dishes and the avocado smoothie makes for a virtuous hangover cure. Also popular in the afternoons with people studiously tapping away on laptops over coffee and cake. Highly recommended at any time of day or evening.
This little restaurant was the reason I moved to West Hampstead in the first place. I had spent a long day house hunting in Chiswick, then decided to go and check other areas, and happened to dine here. Fell in love with the reataurant and the area that evening and moved to WH instead of Chiswick.
best coffee in the west - amaze balls .. the egg n chorizo brunch is a winner too, nice late night venue under the constant vigil of the chefs from the kitchen on high
Buzzy day times, intimate in the evenings. Exhibiting great artworks and amazing music nights. Best local in West Hampstead.
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.
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