Since starting way back in 1968 Fish Central has come through leaps and bounds offering London some of the best fish dishes, prepared with honesty and from the heart. Back then in old London town it was a place that people would go and enjoy their Friday fish supper. Now its evolved with the times, not only offering the great British favourite traditional fish and chips but also fresh lobster, scallops and oysters all sourced from Billingsgate market. You only have to go to the main homepage of the website to see that big media names like Timeout and celebrity chef Rick Stein give it the thumbs up. http://www.fishcentral.co.uk/
The restaurant is a ten minute or so walk from Old Street station on Central street, Kings square. On a cold winters Friday night what better than to have Fish and Chips and I definitely was in the mood for it. The place has a real buzz and on a Friday night is packed out with couples and families all there to scoff their faces with delicious sustainable fresh fish. There’s no faffing around, its short and simple.
The griddled squid and the pan fried scallops was a great way to start the evening off. The squid was tender and the warm Asian slaw was vibrant and still had that lovely crunch.
The one thing I love about this place is that not everything is battered. Sure everyone likes to be naughty now and again and eat food that is deep fried. Who doesn’t? But if you want to be good and go for the healthy option then the variety of fish on offer can be grilled. The Cod on this occasion was cooked perfectly. There’s nothing worse than rubbery over cooked fish, but the way the chefs do it is clean, fresh and simple. Moreover I like the fact that its presented with the just the fish on the plate. Why garnish when there’s a beautiful piece of fish waiting to be devoured.
My stomach was about to burst from the enormity of the dishes but being a coffee lover and always having a mug after dinner I wasn’t going to turn down dessert to go with my drink. The panna cotta was the perfect pudding to finish of what was an epic evening.