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48-50 South End, Croydon
Mini-empire builder Malcolm John has re-branded and re-launched his Fish & Grill as a Croydon cousin of Brasserie Vacherin in
Sutton – complete with Parisian trappings and pictures of the French regions dotted around the dining room. Like its sibling, the menu offers a mix of bistro chart-toppers leavened with a few more
generic European ideas, from spinach and goats’ cheese crêpes, moules marinière, cassoulet and confit Barbary duck with cherries to veal escalope with anchovy and caper butter. ‘Quick plates’ such
as steak and Gruyère baguettes suit those on the move, while desserts keep it familiar with crème brûlée, tarte Tatin and chocolate fondant. Lunch and early-evening prix-fixe deals offer fair value
(£10.95/15.95 for two/three courses), and there’s plenty of decent drinking by the carafe on the Euro-accented wine list.
Best Private Rooms: >30
48-50 South End, Croydon
South Croydon Station 569m
Church Street Tram Stop 997m
Ashcroft Theatre 805m
Vue Cinema Croydon Grant's 858m
Mon-Thurs 12N-3pm, 5-11pm Fri-Sun 12N-11pm (Sat –11.30pm, Sun –10.30pm)
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Rate & Review
Food + drink: 2
I've eaten here upwards of 20 times since it opened. Im not sure what has happened..? Significantly gone downhill since 12-18 months ago. Service was OK but the food was oily and certainly no longer fresh. You have to pay for a slice of bread… This is not a sustainable way to run a restaurant – others like me will vote with their feet.
Very disappointing experience. Has Malcolm John sold this place as the usual exceptional quality associated with his name seems to have departed from this restaurant. The last, and last!, time I went there they gave us crisps as an aperitif – nice thought but they were dripping in oil – I sent them back and they were replaced with similar oily crips. Free I know, but still. With dinner I ordered chips which were dripping in oil – you could squeeze the oil out. I sent them back. Actually the time before I was there I also sent the chips back for the same reason. You would not expect this from a restaurant of this calibre. I'm sure it sounds like I'm oil sensitive – I really am not. In addition it seems like the staff are trying to increase their wine sales – they filled up our glasses so quickly and repeatedly asked if we wanted another bottle. The pudding was really average. We left feeling that the experience was very average and we didn't feel the money was well spent. Thats why I was wondering if Malcolm John had sold this place – his other restaurant – Le Cassoulet is one of my favourites. I won't be returning anytime soon.
Food + drink: 4
Frankly the food was really good, the service was really poor. I
It is abundantly clear that this restaurant is designed to take as much money as possible and the diners are an inconvenience: you'll need to beg for tap water instead of paid for fizz, your arms will ache as you struggle to get someone to take your order, your patience will be strained attempting to understand the unintelligible waiters, you will lose your patience with waiters that top up your wine glass every two minutes to get you to drink more and you will strain yourself clambering over fellow diners because you are crammed in so tight.
Had fabulous French oysters and tail end steak that was supposed to be medium rare but was instead medium cooked. The fish was perfectly cooked and everyone loved the tiramisu.
To add insult to injury, when I complained to the Maitre'd he gave us 15% off vouchers instead of money off the bill. When we read the small print we realised why – they expired at the end of the month. Cynical and petty way to deal with unsatisfied customers.
Maybe Fish & Grill is OK for smaller parties but, if you want great food and great service in Croydon go to Galicia instead, for better value to boot.
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