restaurant review: fishworks, piccadilly

I’ve been here a couple of times before and done the usual OpenTable/TripAdvisor reviews, but it’s such a great find, it’s time to devote a little more time and space.

There’s something special about eating here, and not just because it’s in a swanky postcode. The long list of daily specials on a blackboard and the full-to-the-brim fish counter at the door upon arrival is a reassuring sign that these guys really know what they’re doing when it comes to fish.

To start I had the cured Scottish salmon, served with capers, pickles and cucumber infused in Hendricks gin. Sometimes these alcohol-soaked foody items are a little bit of a gimmick, but in this dish I could actually taste the gin botanicals. The flavour combination worked fantastically.

For main course I had the sea bass, which like many fish dishes on the menu can be served on the bone or filleted. We shared some side orders of vegetables and the fennel and anchovy potato gratin. There could have been a stronger anchovy flavour for my tastes, but it was still delicious.

In terms of drinks, there’s a good wine list with plenty of reasonably priced options. There’s also a selection of cocktails, with a nice touch to the Bloody Mary; the option to have it served with or without an oyster.

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