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SquareMeal Review of Parsons

Bronze Award

From the people who run The 10 Cases wine bar just across the road, this seafood joint is a jolly little spot, with green-and-white fishmonger-style tiles, tiny tables along one wall and a couple of eating counters poking out of the other – the sort of place that’s cosy in winter and breezy in summer, thanks to big windows opening on to Endell Street.

It’s also an appealingly individual set-up boasting friendly staff, decent prices and a brilliant location for pre- and post-theatre meals – although tables are now booked up months in advance; instead, try your luck with a walk-in.

To eat, we loved the Belgian-style potted shrimp croquettes filled with a creamy shellfish goo, the salt-cod fritters encased in crisp, light batter, and a whopper of an octopus tentacle cooked to melting sweetness and accompanied by fabulously flavoured pork-fat potatoes.

However, some other items were less successful: chargrilled treviso with pomegranate and Pecorino was overwhelmingly bitter, sea trout tartare was ill-served by an assertive Bloody Mary jelly, and brown crab pissaladière tasted acrid, as if the onions had caught in the pan – although (like everything else) it looked absolutely lovely. Larger plates of “perfectly cooked” fish are available whole (plaice, sea bass) and by the fillet (turbot, gurnard), while the “interesting” off-piste list includes around a dozen offerings by the glass and carafe.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cosy, Lively
Dates, Romantic
Food Hygiene Rating

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39 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9BA

020 3422 0221


Opening Times

Mon-Sat 12N-2.45pm 5-11pm


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3 Reviews 

James S

28 June 2019  
Simple, buzzy fish shop atmosphere. Top notch straightforward fish and decent wine.

James S

02 September 2018  
Food & Drink 1
Service 1
Atmosphere 1
Value 1
I'm actually angry this place is so awful. Most of the staff seem totally uninterested in both service and cooking. The fish main courses were utterly tasteless. I think cooked in a fish kettle, but without addition of seasoning, sauces or any flavour whatsoever. My starter was octopus, apparently finished off on the bbq, but in fact was flabby and gelatinous. I requested it to be crisped up, but it came back two minutes later in exactly the same state. Apart from colder and even more unappetising, We had to ask for everything: can we order food? can we order drinks? how is the fish cooked? (the names of fish are listed on the walls, but no description of how they're cooked - turns out because nothing is added in the cooking process). There are hundreds of restaurants in Covent Garden, this does not deserve to be one of them.

tim D

02 April 2018  
Great modern English food, excellent service, good wines, excellent value.
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