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A lunchtime blessing on a shopping precinct between Old Street and Angel, this spruce, upbeat seafood café was established as a family firm back in 1968 and is still run with a sense of pride. The dining room is kept neat and tidy, with black leather chairs, white tablecloths, vases of fresh flowers and fishing-trade photographs on the walls. There’s no messing about with the menu, either: you might kick off with fish soup, grilled sardines or mussels in a spicy sauce, before tackling battered cod, haddock or plaice, smoked haddock and oyster mushrooms in pastry or skate wing with beurre noisette. Meat eaters look to the char-grill and the wine list is stocked with plenty of sub-£20 offerings, while express lunches (£6.95 for two courses) compete with the adjoining chippie in the value stakes.

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Fish Central

149-155 Central Street ,London EC1V 8AP

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by   silver reviewer (18)

May 2010

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fish Central is the sort of restaurant that everyone should have within walking distance: a place where, if you can’t face cooking and don’t want to break the bank, you know you can have a good meal in lively surroundings. Don’t be put off by the location – it’s set in a grim, grey and very concrete estate between City Road and Goswell Road, but is actually only a 10 minutes walk from the Angel. One side is a proper fish-and-chip shop, the other a restaurant that’s always packed. Décor is serviceable,...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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Fish Central

149-155 Central Street ,London EC1V 8AP

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by   gold reviewer (44)

Mar 2009

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

I eat at this “restaurant” (actually an upmarket fish and chips) about twice a month. Why ? Because although the address is unprepossessing and the actual place quite stark and plasticky, the fish is top-notch. Fresh. Tasty. Cooked expertly. Great variety. OK, not the sort of place you would linger at or take anyone for a romantic evening (or lunch) but it is clean and the service friendly if sometimes oddly dispraxic. I challenge you not to like the “gratinated” rock oysters, or the Scallop starter....

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 9

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Fish Central

149-155 Central Street ,London EC1V 8AP

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by   gold reviewer (48)

Oct 2008

Fish Central is a great place if you need to impress guests with your local knowledge. The setting is hardly picturesque…the restaurant nestles on the edge of a concrete plaza surrounded by high rises but inside is inviting, bright and bustly. Most of the clientele are local – no tourists, lots of family groups and always a number of cabbies. The banter between other diners and the waiting staff give you the surreal impression of being on set of some Italian gangster film…the Cypriot mafia, if there...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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Essential Details for Fish Central

  • Cuisine: Fish
  • Area: Clerkenwell Barbican
  • Price: £28.00
  • Wine: £12.45
  • Champagne: £29.95
  • Lunch: £6.95 (2 courses)
  • Private Dining: 80

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