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|Address:||3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF|
|Tel:||020 3641 8344|
|Price: £62.00||Wine: £25.00||Champagne: £64.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm Mon-Sat 6-10pm|
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Walking through old fashioned revolver doors into a sultry, darkened grill restaurant and bustling new city bar we take the lift up to the 7th floor in this hotel situated between Moorgate and Liverpool Street. Angler is bright, airy, plushly decorated – a contrast to what we had walked through previously. It is pushing fine dining with its crisp white table cloths, comfy art deco chairs and elegant lighting.
I have always found it difficult to find a good fish restaurant so this seemed like an ideal opportunity to try Angler for a mid week dinner with girlfriends.
The freshly warm baked bread was a perfect way to start the meal whilst we perused the menu. I decided to have the fish soup to start – this was accompanied by wafer thin croutons, grated gruiller chest and the traditional Rouille. The fish soup was rich, darkened red and perfectly balanced. My dinner dates chose the Dressed crab and the Beetroot with Goat curd salad.
For main we all opted for the grilled fish platter. This was 4 pieces of fish cooked to perfection served on a bed of cabbage with a garlic butter and samphire. There was a plump, oily piece of mackerel – you had to peel away the skin but seeing the shiny, glistening skin opening the fish like a present it was worth the effort. There was also some cod, salmon and some prawns (of which I had to forgo given that I had given up one of my favourite shellfishes for Lent!). Each piece was moist, flakey with perfectly crisp skin.
We ordered some side portions of chips – which were crisp on the outside and fluffy in the middle. However, we asked for vinegar to accompany the chips (of course this is much needed for a fish and chips dinner) numerous times but this never showed.
As the restaurant became busier the service started to dip and we ended up having to ask for our table to be cleared. It appeared that there was only 1 waitress on the floor along with the sommelier and the manager.
The bill for the 3 of us dinners amounted to £51 per person – this consisted of 2 courses each, 2 bottles of sparkling water, 2 cranberry juices and 1 glass of wine.
Whilst the food was good – the service and the price will not have me running back through those old fashioned revolving doors in a hurry.