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Gold Award

Fish-focused Angler is a blessing for City diners who are surprised – and delighted – to find “such an atmospheric restaurant” on their home turf. With its relaxed vibe, beautiful minimalist interiors and stunning, glass-fronted setting atop the South Place hotel, it’s no wonder this place wins plaudits, although Gary Foulkes’ “outstanding” seafood cookery is the real star here.  

For starters, we reckon his super-clean tartares are probably London’s best – look out for the mackerel version dotted with oyster cream, apple sticks and leaves of shiso or a tuna riff involving avocado purée and wasabi. Alternatively, kick off with roast Orkney scallop partnered by Tokyo turnips, glazed pork ribs and almonds.

It’s all about showcasing the finest fish the kitchen can lay its hands on: slices of just-poached Cornish lobster in delicate ajo blanco with melon and sprightly lobster summer rolls on the side; turbot, quivering on a mound of Japanese mushrooms and buckwheat noodles in the lightest dashi broth; a fat chunk of golden roasted cod with grilled squid, glossy meat sauce and buttery girolles.

Angler may be a seafood specialist, but meat eaters aren’t ignored (witness roast Lancashire duck with beetroot, offal tart and quince), and desserts are no afterthought either: raspberry and rice pudding soufflé with lemon verbena ice cream is a reminder of the indulgent creations Foulkes served up at his previous home, The Square in Mayfair.  

Service can’t be faulted, and the sommelier is eager to “share his knowledge” of the wine list, while flexible set lunch menus (choose two, three or six courses) offer something for every budget.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Fish
Ambience
Fine dining, Lively, Quiet conversation, Traditional, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One michelin star
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating
Special Features
Chef’s table, Wheelchair access
People
Special occasions

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Special offers from Angler

Three-courses Set Menu with a glass of Chandon £35 per person

From: 15 July, 2019
To: 8 September, 2019
Max: 4
Evening Standard reservations are available Monday – Thursday for dinner only from 6pm – 7.45pm, please be aware that we can only hold the offer menu for 15 minutes after the final booking time.

Location for Angler

South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, Moorgate, London, EC2M 2AF

020 3215 1260

Website

Opening Times

Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm Mon-Sat 6-10pm

Reviews of Angler

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Natalie F

Client dinner
11 December 2015  
Excellent
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Ms/Mrs. Andrew V

Flawless
28 July 2015  
What an amazing evening we had here - the service is excellent, the food blows your taste buds away - the atmosphere is wonderful, the wine list is so reasonable considering the class of restaurant. Really good value considering the quality - cannot recommend it highly enough.
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Ms/Mrs. Tim A

Long may it last....
09 April 2015  
From the delicious canapes through the enchantingly delicious amuses bouche and on to a well balanced and imaginative menu. The food was superb, the wine list, not inexpensive but comprehensive, the service attentive and engaging and my clients were delighted. Good restaurants come and go - I really hope this one stays the course.
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Yaz L

Great food and beautiful room
30 October 2014  
The standard of the seafood was outstanding! The staff were attentive, professional, and understood when to be available without being overbearing. Probably the best seafood I have had this year!!! Beautiful room, even or a rainy day. Will definitely go back!
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Ms/Mrs. Sarah G

03 July 2014  
The food here is stunning, the restaurant is cool, light and spacious with a lovely terrace for when the sunshines. It is expensive and cost wise not for the faint hearted but everything about it is excellent. For business purposes it is a great venue and wonderful for special occassions.
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Ms/Mrs. Aude S

25 June 2014  
The restaurant is set on the 7th Floor of a trendy hotel in the midst of the City. The view is unfortunately not great (construction site). The setting is quite formal (uniformed waiters): perfect for a business meal, perhaps less so for a romantic occasion (although feeling cosy and fairly intimate). I was totally impressed by the impeccable and attentive service, and even more so by the food. The complimentary ‘mises en bouche’ (Parmesan mini-croquette and asparagus cream) were delicate and full of flavours. My langoustine and lobster cocktail and the monkfish I had as a main were equally well-prepared, with fleshy fish cooked to perfection. The portions are the right size (you leave with a pleasant feeling after a three-course meal). All in all, it is the first time in a long while that I dine at such an expensive restaurant and leave feeling that the quality of the service provided and the food consumed justifies every single penny. I simply cannot wait to find an excuse to go back!
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Mr. Matthew T

19 March 2014  
My colleagues and I went here for a work lunch and took the £30 set menu. The restaurant's art-deco decor was indeed upmarket, there was a good amount of space around our table (which is not always the case in the city, and contrary to some of the reviews to this restaurant) and had a quiet, relaxing atmosphere. The service was similarly very good but what stood out most for us was the quality of the food on the set menu. Between us we had three of the four starters, mains and deserts and couldn't fault freshness, flavour, quality of the cooking or presentation. What's more, to get this level of quality for only £30 per head is very rare. My (french) colleague chose the wine so I didn't see the menu but he was impressed, which isn't often the case! We will definitely be going back and are looking forward to trying the terrace this summer.
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Ms/Mrs. Irene F

Angling for compliments
05 February 2014  
No need for that. Wonderful restaurant. Can't wait for summer when customers can take full advantage of the outside seating. Food was beautifully presented, excellent attention to detail and I really enjoyed my food as did my friends. Nice atmosphere too and incredibly busy for a Tuesday evening but not overpoweringly so. Still felt quite private.
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Mr. Mike T

The best dover sole I ever had
26 January 2014  
The title says it all: grilled dover sole is deservedly popular, but here it led the quartet with its delicate flavours and superb, tender-yet-firm texture. Sauce vierge played the perfect second violin and spinach – a great viola, with its lower, savoury tones. The cello – half-bottle of excellent Chablis – completed the spectacular ensemble. I can't wait for the repeat performance!
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Ms/Mrs. Ruth O

Will be visiting again
18 December 2013  
We had a team Christmas lunch here and couldn't recommend it highly enough. Total surprise entering the restaurant as the ground floor is very dark and atmospheric – The Angler is bright and modern and when the sun is shining, an absolutely delightful space to find in the middle of the City. The food was exemplary – we all had something different and each course was cooked to perfection. The service was attentive but not intrusive. It's not cheap, but then I wouldn't expect anything less for this calibre of restaurant and location. Atmosphere is slightly stuffy at lunchtime due to a lot of business meetings over lunch but didn't affect our table/party. Will definitely be revisiting in a hurry.
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