Fishworks, Swallow Street – restaurant review

Fishworks restaurant, PiccadillyWe recently booked some tickets to see Hair at the Gielgud Theatre and as it was the night of an extra special celebration, we wanted to eat somewhere new and celebrate in style.  A quick search of the restaurants near to the theatre revealed Fishworks on Swallow Street, a few minutes from Piccadilly and it looked perfect.

Arriving just after an unexpected torrential downpour in the city, we were soon soothed into the relaxing ambiance of the restaurant and were pleased to see that champagne and other sparkling wines were available by the glass, which was just what we needed, as with the show due to start in just over an hour, we didn’t have time to fully appreciate and savour a whole bottle.

Fish probably doesn’t come much fresher than that on offer at Fishworks (short of a place where someone is fishing at the river’s edge for the day’s catch just before service starts) as they have their own fishmongers on site, so you can see what is in on the day and make your selection accordingly.  Having never tried an oyster before, I’d been keen to give them a try at some point and with the Fishworks range available as either single oysters or by the dozen or half dozen, this was clearly the chance I had been waiting for.Fishworks fish platter

After taking the edge off our hunger with some delicious bread, aioli and salsa, the small platter of oysters on crushed ice was presented and the restaurant manager reassuringly ran through the seasoning options, recommending some combinations to make this new taste test an enjoyable one.  As a complete novice to the oyster experience, I actually quite enjoyed them and it has to be said, there is something slightly decadent about eating oysters with champagne, so it was just the thing to start a night of celebration.

The following main courses – pan fried prawns with garlic and a plate of traditional fish and chips were both delightful – perfectly cooked and in the case of the prawns, bursting with sea fresh flavours and buttery juices.

There was no time for a pudding, so we finished off with coffee and set off on a gentle stroll for the theatre.  We had a great meal in a lovely relaxing environment, looked after by staff who provided good friendly service without being intrusive.  Highly recommended.

And the show?  The performance of Hair was superb – see it whilst you have chance!

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