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  • 143-145 Central Street
    London EC1V 8AP
    Barbican
  • Transit information Northern Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 7253 0229
  • Business website fishcentral.co.uk
  • Mushy peas were the proper kind, not the crushed garden peas that some other places are dishing up.” in 3 reviews

  • “Spot on fried fish in all its glorious permutations: hake, haddock, plaice, cod, etc.” in 5 reviews

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/2/2014

    Fantastic meal from start to finish.

    Everything comes together here. The food is wonderful and the value is very good. The staff was very attentive, friendly. One thing I loved was that it didn't matter which server we asked, they always helped us out (I've been to many places where if you ask a server who is not your own, they respond with, "Let me get your server." That always annoys me.). The place itself is clean and fairly modern.

    The whole time we were here we got the impression that the staff really wanted to ensure we had a great meal - and we did.

    Highly recommended.

  • 3.0 star rating
    30/3/2014

    Loved the staff, not so much the food.

    5 stars for the friendly staff. Everyone was super nice and welcoming.

    The food did not impress. Had the fish and chips supper which was 13 pounds for three courses. They give a complimentary fried salmon ball, which was not bad - crispy on the outside, but the filling wasn't very good. The shrimp cocktail appetizer came with the prix fixe, and it wasn't big shrimps with cocktail sauce (which is what I was expecting), it was tiny shrimps covered in a mayo-ketchup sauce - not that appetizing.

    The portion of fish and chips was huge. I had the cod - crispy on the outside, but kind of mushy texture on the inside.

    For dessert, I had the special tiramisu - not great and I think it should have been colder.

    They also gave a free shot at the end (vodka, oj, and blue curacao) - yum!

    Overall, great, friendly service, but the food left something to be desired.

  • 4.0 star rating
    26/3/2014
    1 check-in here

    It's been about 3 years since I was last here (I think) but after I ordered my starter (ravioli) I remembered I'd had that before, and it was as tasty as I remembered it. They give you a complementary fish cake while you wait, and the food is really good. I opted for whole lobster salad as a main and it didn't disappoint. The only things I would change is having proper pepper mills on the table, and not to put the brown edged salad on the plates but other than that, the service was good, and to be offered a free hot chocolate while I waited to pay the bill was a really lovely touch.

  • 5.0 star rating
    30/8/2013
    5 check-ins here ROTD 11/1/2014

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/1/2014
    1 check-in here

    The service is super attentive, the oysters fab. The specials are good value and portions are large. Love it!

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/5/2013

    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.

  • 5.0 star rating
    13/6/2013
    Listed in Yelp 100 Challenge

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/3/2009

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/12/2008
    First to Review

    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.

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/11/2013
    1 check-in here

    Fantastic place. Enjoyed my grilled John Dory special and snuck a bit of mum's sole. Really well prepared - definitely not a regular fish & chip! Also the prices are a bargain for London.

    • Qype User natash…
    • Berlin, Germany
    • 0 friends
    • 5 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    5/2/2013

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/5/2012
    1 check-in here

    Very good and reasonable prices.  I had the roasted cod over mediterranean veggies and it was excellent.  Service was spot on as well.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/4/2011

    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!

    • Qype User Mayabe…
    • London
    • 24 friends
    • 2 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    1/6/2008

    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.

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