16 October 2015

Fish Market, Liverpool Street

Located directly across from Liverpool Street station, it's hard to believe I've never ventured down New Street - the street on which Fish Market is located. In comparison to the hustle and bustle of Bishopsgate only a hundred or so metres away, it's surprisingly serene.

As part of National Chocolate Week (if you weren't aware of this brilliant week of chocolate celebration, go and grab a chocolate bar right this instant), Fish Market have partnered with Doisy and Dam - a superfood chocolate brand - to create a desert based on their maca, vanilla and cacao nibs chocolate bar.

Upon our arrival we marvelled at the pretty outside terraces nestled both sides of the restaurant with their fairy lights and intimate seating, and noted how lovely it would be to sit out here in the warmer months. We agreed those who were sat outside at 6:30pm on a Wednesday night were far more brave than us,...

Inside we received a warm reception, and had the joy of choosing where we sat - positively unheard of in London. I, of course, bagsied the booth seat so I could check out the surroundings - simple, warm, and with hints of copper which seems to be everywhere right now.

We were kindly given food and drinks menus and quickly settled on Mojito Royales as our tipple of choice for the evening.

 The Mojito Royale, topped with champagne and mint leaf
 The menu, with an a la carte option, attention to sea food and a set menu
Warm bread as a pre-starter

We felt rather spoilt, having the chance to select a starter and main from the a la carte menu. There are lots of starter options, split into seafood, light bites and actual "starters", so it took us a while to decide. However, whether you're a fan of fish or not, there's plenty to suit all appetites and tastes.

I went for the Worcester cured ham, rocket and fig, aged balsamic and olive oil. I've never actually tried figs (I know, where have I been?), and they were delicious. I likened the cured ham to parma ham, and the sweetness of the figs and ham were offset by the balsamic vinegar and bitter rocket. Very tasty.

My friend, meanwhile, went for the Dill cured salmon, mustard dressing and little leaves. It looked divine. In fact, both of our starters looked pretty impressive.

She said, however, that hers didn't pack as much of a punch as she thought it would. I guess if you're looking for quite a potent, mustard-y taste, this salmon might not cut the mustard (sorry, couldn't resist).

Another Mojito Royale later (I can't recommend these highly enough, they are amazing), and out came our mains.

I opted for the classic - Beer battered fish & chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce.

My friend chose the Seabass, wild mushrooms and baby spinach. And got very much into playing photographer...

There was absolutely no way I was going to manage the whole portion (I immediately halved it, so rest assured it's not a stingy serving), but I got stuck in and made a good effort. The chips were more like fries which I hadn't expected - I expected them to be more like fish & chip shop style chips, nice and thick - but were delicious, and the batter on the fish was brilliantly crispy. I didn't try the tartare sauce but my friend said it was pretty darn good.

Feeling quite stuffed, we realised we still had the star of the show - our chocolate dessert - to come.

And it looked rather glorious when it did...

As much as this rich, chocolate pudding would have been fantastic as a treat, as a dessert after two courses we really struggled. Because it's very much real chocolate, it was rich and ever so slightly bitter. It was screaming for some ice cream to compliment it rather than the heavy dollop of cream. I found the shortbread to be a good compromise, as it was light with a lovely crunch. But the dessert itself, as wonderfully chocolate-y as it was, utterly defeated us.

It is, however, a wonderful concept, bringing a lesser-known, superfood brand into a restaurant, and I don't know why this isn't done more often. I'm itching to try the Doisy and Dam bars with a nice cuppa whilst enjoying an episode of Gogglebox (don't judge me) and finish National Chocolate Week off in style.

*This meal was complimentary in exchange for review, but as ever, my opinions are unbiased and truthful.

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