A feast of fish in Borough Market

I love Borough Market. During the day it’s buzzing with food stalls to tempt and at night people gather outside (and some inside) the pubs for post-work drinks and for dinner. We had planned to go to one of my favourite Spanish restaurants in London, Brindisa, unfortunately they have a “no bookings” policy and we were told we would have to wait an hour to an hour and a half to eat. Time to make another plan.

So we headed for the other side of the market to Fish. It’s a bright, light-filled glass structure with a contemporary feel and it serves…you’ve guessed it, fish! The menu is comprehensive to say the least, including some fish I’d never even heard of. As well as their own specialities there’s also a simple list of fish which you can choose to have grilled or steamed and pick a sauce to go with it and there’s a daily special menu.

To start, one of my absolute favourites – whitebait. I’m pleased to say it seems to be appearing on more and more London menus these days. These were devilled, served piping hot and crispy. Yum!

Devilled whitebait

I’ve recently eaten cockles quite a few times and love them, so encouraged my dining companion to try one of the starter specials. Sweet simplicity.

Cockles steamed with white wine, garlic, chilli and coriander

And then, I know it’s not fish, but for me one of the ultimate summer starters when it’s the season for the magnificent Heirloom tomatoes. A totally luscious bruschetta.

Bruschetta with heirloom tomatoes, garlic, basil and olive oil

For mains we all had fish we hadn’t tasted before, an experiment that was a great success. This skate was ordered grilled with a spicy salsa.

Perfectly grilled skate wing

For my main I ordered the intriguingly named Cornish smooth hound fillet (off the specials menu). The waiter described it to me as something like shark which initially put me off, but he insisted it was a lovely, sweet fish, so I decided to go with it. Good decision. A really flavoursome new discovery served with amazing mash and a seriously robust sauce.

Cornish smooth hound fillet with scallion mash, capers, parsley and black butter sauce

And for the final new fish of the day, again off the specials menu, steamed fillet of brill.

Steamed fillet of brill with spinach and beurre blanc

For fish lovers this is a seriously good venue. You’ll be spoilt for choice and our dishes were all very well cooked. Go for lunch after you’ve explored the market – there’s a lovely terrace to sit on overlooking beautiful Southwark Cathedral, weather permitting.

Fish is in Borough Market.


  1. Oh yum! That sounds great!

    Will you be around in July? If you are, I’d love to meet up and get some food (since I’m traveling alone and don’t really know anyone in London).

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