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Mon-Sat 11:30 - 14:30
Mon-Thu 17:00 - 22:30
Fri-Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Recommended Reviews for Fish Central
12 reviews in English
Review from Darren T.
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Quite possible the best Fish & Chips restaurant in London and I don't say that lightly.
Nice decor, friendly attentive service, good value and the food was absolutely superb.
Haddock in a light golden batter, a decent helping of chips; crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and all bereft of any fatty grease. Possibly even better(!) were the mushy peas! I will put my neck on the line & say they WERE the best I've had.
A hidden gem just on the outskirts of the city that's well worth a visit; I know I'll definitely be back, maybe even tomorrow!
Review from Steve B.
Fish and chips is one of those things that some people think is all the same but, No, it's not, at all.
The location, on a 1960s council estate shopping precinct a few minutes south of Angel means that it's not about a hipster, trendoid place of the moment but it is all about good food and for me that's what I want.
There's a full seafood restaurant which looks great and look forward to visiting next time but this visit was take away fish and chips. There's a separate take away counter on the side with a separate entrance which overlooks the restaurant kitchen so you can see the action. Our fish was freshly fried from what looked like diagonally cut thick sections of cod as we watched them being dipped in batter.
The guys working the fryers were clearly at the top of their game and gave us some mini fish cake bites to snack on while we hungrily waited which were much appreciated.
On eating: the batter was crisp, tasty and light and the encapsulated cod was perfectly cooked (fresh, snow white, steaming, tender flakes). The chips were great too. Just right.
Portion size: generous as it should be.
Mushy peas were the proper kind, not the crushed garden peas that some other places are dishing up.
...and the price was right.
Review from Daniel C.
Review from Joshua J.
Probably the nicest restaurant in England situated in the courtyard of a council estate, though having spent minimal time in council estate courtyards I couldn't be sure.
I ordered a haddock and chips. Fish was excellent, perfectly firm with a crispy batter of good flavour (seeing as the batter is, at least, 50% of the allure of fried fish it must rest on it's own laurels, rather than act as a mere crispy blanket for the fish).
Chips were less good; not crispy, oily and some undercooked.
The complimentary fish cakes were really delicious, though I'd probably refer to them as potato croquettes with a bit of fish inside.
Service was very efficient and the staff were lovely.
I didn't feel very healthy after the meal, but rock'n'fucking'roll.
Review from Pam T.
I do not say this lightly, but we may have taken the first step toward getting over our Royal (defunct pub in Wales) fixation. Spot on fried fish in all its glorious permutations: hake, haddock, plaice, cod, etc. Fries were also excellent. Service was friendly and speedy. Luckily the prices were extremely reasonable, so they offset the cost of the taxi.
Review from Nassim K.
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Dinner here last was wonderful! I am so happy to have found such a delicious, affordable, and easily accessible seafood restaurant. It is a bit out of the way, but worth going if you are in the area.
Fish central's menu has starters, main course fishes cooked in one of three ways (deep fried, grilled, and with mazo meal, I believe), and a number of side dishes to have with the fish. There are meat dishes as well, but no one in our group ordered one and I cannot attest to it.
We ordered 2 starters to share: mussels and baby octopus (which was one of the specials of the day). The mussels were a yummy mess and we thankfully used the wet towel provided to wash our hands. For main courses we ordered the cod with chips. Huge pieces of cod, plenty of chips, and over all very good.
I'd recommend making reservations beforehand. When we arrived the first thing the host asked was whether we had reservations (we did not). We waited about 15 minutes for a table which wasn't too long for a Saturday night, but for a party of 4 or more I imagine the wait would have been longer as this is not a large restaurant.
Finally, a note on the staff--so courteous and professional! Truly excellent service and on a caliber in which I have not experienced in many London restaurants.
Review from Aline D.
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Set right amongst sets of estate buildings not far from City Road, Angel, you wouldn't have guessed you'd find this place. But if you live near by, it's well worth popping into. It is filled with a great mix of people from the residents of the estates to business people in their suits.
Fish Central first opened in 1968 as a local chippie but has since expanded and turned itself into a rather stylish, yet totally unpretentious place. It is set in a bungalow type building. The decor is plain, simple and clean, and the fish is fresh and wholesome. Definitely stick to the fish dishes if you can as that is what they do best there.
The typical fish and chips option is always a safe bet. A choice of fish (cod, haddock, plaice) can be done deep fried, grilled or as a matzo meal order a side of chips and mushy peas to top it all off. The desserts they have are very English, and very nice too.
Review from Qype User (natash…)
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- Qype User natash…
To finnish my current set of reviews after my visit to London I went to this busy and great no frills restaurant.
It is terrific and great value. The mussels and cod are the best I have had in many a year and the service fast and unfussy. Well superb.
Review from Kelly S.
Review from patsy c.
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Been going with family & friends to Fish Central for years - always good fresh fish beautifully cooked in friendly atmosphere. Never been dissapointed
Son & family over from Oz in May & they JUST Had to go to Rick Steins in Padstow whilst in UK. Got a text from them on leaving ' Pretty good but not nearly as good as Fish Central'.
Review from Arthur S.
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The fish and chips were great at reasonable prices. If we didn't know about this place from locals we would have never discovered it. Tucked away in a neighborhood atmosphere. Don't be discouraged by the appearance and area, great food!
Review from Qype User (Mayabe…)
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Fish Central lives on the corner of a square near Old Street. At 9PM, it was one of the only places open on that square, and seemed like a magnet for people. Maybe they were drawn to it by the overwhelming smell of fish that you notice ten yards away on the street.
The waitors all had senses of humour. When I asked if my Haddock would come with anything, the answer, by the waitor with a thick Italian accent which made it all the more surprising, was a deadpan, 'Yes. With the plate'.
And that is where I take a star off (that, and the fear of the stink). It was slightly pricey for the amount of food you get if you are a struggling artist type. The cheapest main course was 7.95, but doesn't come with anything, so of course you have to order sides, which are between £1.50 and £3, which means that without ordering any drinks, the minimum amount you will spend is £10. Not very expensive according to some, a bit pricey for fish and chips. However, very yummy fish (the batter was excellent), pretty good mushy peas, and good chips. You can order all sorts of different kinds of fish, done in many different ways (my friend had black bream, not fried, which was outstanding) but if it's not cod or haddock, the prices for a main go up to £10-£14. The fish is very fresh, and probably worth it if you like fish. Which you would if you went to a place called Fish Central.
They had two dishes for non-fish people, but seriously, what would be the point?
They offered us a starter on the house, salmon fishcakes, which were delicious. I found a bone in mine. Proof that it is made of an actual fish.