North Sea Fish Restaurant
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Mon-Sat 12:00 - 14:30
Mon-Sat 17:30 - 23:30
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- Lunch, Dinner
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Recommended Reviews for North Sea Fish Restaurant
71 reviews in English
Review from Egan Y.
This is the best fish and chips I've ever had. I chose the jumbo fried haddock cuz I'm a hungry hungry hippo and had a cider to wash it down with. The fish is perfectly cooked; flaky and delicate. The fried breading was light and ultra crispy without being too crunchy. The chips are your standard steak fries and definitely need salt, vinegar and/or ketchup for extra flavor. But the star of the show is certainly the fish.
The staff is very helpful and friendly despite having to deal with our rowdy touristy group. The dining space is very homey and comfortable. All future fish and chip meals will be compared to North Sea as the benchmark.
I ALMOST finished my jumbo haddock. My inner fatty thinks l…
Chips (2 portions for me and my friend's entrees).
Review from Grant T.
I have a friend/co-worker who likes tradition. And for him, it's all about the Fish and Chips on Friday. Now that we're working in central London we have more opportunities than just eating the food at the terrible canteen. I found North Sea and thought we should venture a bit further out to try some place new for Fish and Chips as the ones close by seem to be hit or miss sometimes. Fish and Chips places can be busy, so I was worried that there wouldn't be seated, but there's actually a huge dining space in the back of the restaurant. Which was a bit of a downfall because we got forgotten about a few times during lunch.
The five of us ordered the fish and chips. So the fish was really tasty and crispy and the chips were amazingly crisp and delicious. They have homemade tartare sauce, and it was one of the best I've had. They weirdly serve the chips in baskets to share between two people. I'm not sure what that's about. Since there was an odd number of us, I got my own basket, so I didn't care.
Unfortunately if you choose to eat in, it's a bit expensive. I wouldn't mind paying the price for a dinner out, but for lunch, it's unlikely I'll go back.
Review from Qype User (ale8te…)
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Superb fish and
chips! It's a small place but fine and quiet for a Sunday lunch together with
your family. For a great Fish and Chips experience, you really do
visit this restaurant. Generally, this is a pretty good place to get some
delicious and flavourful Fish and Chips in London, and I would absolutely come
back to grab some good take away.Eating fresh fish and chips in the fine
restaurant is not the cheapest, but the value and complete ambiance all put
together is a big deal.It is definitely the best fish 'n chips I've ever tasted .
Review from Ze K.
Review from Charlotte C.
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Normally, I would take a star away for atmosphere, but this was such a good, juicy, huge piece of grilled haddock for only 15 pounds, that I didn't even look up from my plate to notice the surroundings. Look, it's an old school hole-in-the-wall, nothing much to look at. We may have been the youngest people in there. This is nowhere to take a date. In fact, while we were there, 4 single men came in and sat down to dinner alone. You're craving a good, simple piece of fish, right off the boat? This is your place. You're trying to impress a date? Maybe not. Unless she's a fisherman. Let's call it 4 1/2 stars.
Review from Lucy R.
- 6 friends
San Antonio, USA
Simple Fresh and Superb Food. Grilled Haddock and Skate done perfectly and very sublime. Boiled potatoes...yes they were also fresh and done just right. Service is not great, but who cares when the food is this good and it comes out HOT...my biggest beef with eating establishments. North Sea is not to be skipped. If I lived in London I'd eat here weekly. My mouth waters, just writing this review.
Review from Joe C.
Our first night in London, we popped in to North Sea Fish Restaurant for dinner. We sat down, our waitress brought us a drink and took our order, and then we literally never saw her again. Someone else brought out the actual fish, and we never saw him again.
I eventually wandered up to the front of the restaurant to get someone to give me the check, and got the heck out of there.
But the fish was so. freaking. good. I cannot express to you in English how good this fish was. Or Spanish ... but I digress.
The point is, that this fish was fresh, crispy, goodness of epic proportions. And when I figured out the secret of North Sea Fish Restaurant, my time in London was amazing.
The secret is this: Order it to go. Let them wrap it in paper, with chips and vinegar, take it back to your hotel/hostel/b&b/street corner, and eat it straight from there with beer and a soccer game on where you may or may not know any of the rules. This is the standard for all fried fish going forward, henceforth and forevermore.
So this is five star food and one star service. Don't bother with sitting down, just take advantage of the wonderful, incredible food.
Review from Jarrod R.
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Review from Abby Z.
- 7 friends
I'm giving this place 4 stars with a caveat: the sides are horrendous, but the fish is so incredible and perfectly crispy yet tender that you won't care about the sides (i.e. mushy peas that looked like green soup and semi cold chips).
As you sit in the restaurant you can literally hear others cutting into the fish, it's that crispy. It's a beautiful thing, and its cooked well, never overcooked. Get the haddock, you will not be disappointed! The atmosphere is a little bizarre but when it's busy it has a really quaint feel to it. They also have a to go place next door if you do not feel like sitting down.
Also, best tartare sauce in the world!
Review from Christie K.
This is rating the takeaway joint.
Have I become a fish and chip snob? I was a little underwhelmed. I do agree with the other reviews saying the fish is fresh, tender etc... but it was very bland even with salt and vinegar. I got take away on a Monday and the chips tasted like they were fried the friday before and heated up.
Now the American I am love a lot of ketchup. It's either 50p for a small packet or 80p for a small bottle. Really?
There are better places out there. Yeah it's cheap at first but after you add up all the little stuff like ketchup and tartar sauce. There are better places in town for Fish & Chips.
Review from Riza R.
Fresh and tasty fish and chips with generous tartare sauce on the side. This place is pricey but its well worth every pence when my taste buds are satisfied. The cod fish that I had was flaky, tasty, fresh and pipping hot. The restaurant itself was cozy and clean but the service was a-ok. The waitress gave off the vibe that she does not want to be there and was mostly on her cellphone texting/browsing the internet. It definitely dampen my experience but I was at least satisfied with my food. I will definitely come back or bring visiting friends and relatives here if they ask for good fish and chips.
Review from Joseph T.
We arrived a little early, so we were forced to takeaway. I ordered cod and chips. The fish was fresh and still had the skin. The exterior of the fish was perfectly crunch. The fries were a bit soft for my liking; especially, in comparison to the crunchiness of the fish.
The presentation was unique. I asked for it to be open so that I could eat it as we walked (as opposed to closed). They made a cone out of the paper that would have been used to wrap the fish if I had asked for it to be closed. A large chunk of fries was thrown into this cone, and it was topped off by the fish plumped on top.
Review from Brian M.
Review from Matthew T.
North Sea is the place where I was introduced to a proper Fish and Chips.
We managed to catch North Sea minutes before the restaurant opens, which meant a trip right next door to their takeaway. If you're looking for a quick fix of fish & chips, the takeaway and not the restaurant is the way to go.
I'm not a snob when it comes to breaded and fried fish as you could put a case of Van De Kamps in front of me and I'd have a whale of a time. However, I had great expectations for North Sea in London and fish & chips in general for that matter and still they managed to deliver in a big way.
Their fish is huge, an actual fish fried on top of chips or steak fries as we call them in the States. We had the cod and the haddock and the taste test revealed the cod to be overall more tasty than the haddock. Still, both fish were a beautiful combination of fresh fish meat, the perfect heat, and the right amount of crisp in every bite.
The chips? Well, they give you an entire funnel of them and the paper they wrap it in soaks up all the oil so you retain the texture of the fries as you eat your massive fish. That said, the fries could have been more crispy.
The fish is the real star and fortunately I didn't come across any bones in my haddock. The cod had a few. It's definitely filling and worth every pound. Get it with tartar sauce (only 50 pence) and sit outside on their bench to enjoy.
In nautical terms, getting the fish and chips at North Sea is like catching the 'big one,' and I'd recommend casting your line there as soon as you can.
Review from Larissa G.
What am I rating?
The eerily '70s-style fish restaurant fittingly packed to the gills with Old Age Pensioners or the take-away chip shop hailing under the same name next door?
Walking into the sit-down restaurant, I felt as if I entered a time warp rivalled only by episodes of the Twilight Zone. The tables, the chairs, the carpet, the pictures on the walls, the paper placemats on the salmon-coloured linen tablecloths, it left me wondering if the vibe was affected or just genuinely left over from 1977.
The service was slow but competent. The fish was tasty but, strangely, not as tasty as the take-away fish I could get next door for half the price. The chips came in a communal basket, and, perhaps I'm just greedy, but I like to have my own allotment of life-sustaining fried potato, thank you.
The bill was eye-poppingly high in comparison to the same fare served up at the adjoining take-away area, albeit patrons there would not have the joy of dining alongside the octogenarian crowd (nothing against them, of course...)
The take-away, however, offers great fish and chips at great prices. I arrived one night and just wanted a fish cake, but was quickly told they didn't have any because of the late hour. While I was about to go full hog and get a full cod and chips, another employee spoke up and said they'd fry one up in a couple minutes. Now that's service.
To clarify, I decided to rate the restaurant proper.
Chip shop next door, you get four stars.
Review from Pamela L.
- 68 friends
Santa Clara, USA
Hmmm... get take away or eat inside the restaurant for 4x the price? I think I'll get the take away, thank you very much. The pieces of fish were HUGE, so I can't even image what the jumbo sized portions are like. I was greedy and ordered the large portion of chips, which were great and still tasty cold a couple of hours later. I liked the care in which the guy salted the chips and tossed them slightly before wrapping it up for take away.
All in all, friendly staff and great fish and chips. After all, it's the healthiest meal for all the family, according to the print copy on the package!
Review from Bobo X.
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Very good fish but didn't quite feel the euphoria of other reviewers. Got the takeout -- in fairness the sit-down restaurant is a little less than twice the price not 3 or 4 times price as some say -- and enjoyed a meal in Taverstock Sq. Definitely recommend this place but don't get expectations unrealistically high based on reviews that promise transcendental enlightment from fried codfish. Also had the green peas which were a nice complement -- something unfried -- to the rest.
Thanks to all for putting a good recommendation on Yelp!
Review from Amanda L.
- 234 friends
How can I come to London and NOT have fish and chips. That's like going to NYC and not having bagels.
Menu is fairly straight-forward: Choose your fish, and choose your size. Joe and I went with the smaller size and ordered one cod and one haddock. It seemed slightly blasphemous to do anything else. Sure, they had salmon and sea bass but I figured I would go with one of the classics.
Batter wasn't very heavy, it was the perfect amount. The chips were nice and crisp, but soft in the middle (just the way I like it). The homemade tartar sauce was oh-so-good, mix with a little malt vinegar, and I was in heaven!
If you don't feel like dining in, there's takeaway located right next door. Service is good but nonchalant. Even though this was the only place we came to for fish & chips while in London, I can say that it was a favorite.
Here's a conundrum for you: The table across from us, ALL ordered steaks. Why would you go to a restaurant called North Sea FISH Restaurant and order Steak!?!? Please let me know if you can solve this one because I just can't figure it out.
Review from Robert D.
- 21 friends
I like North Sea. I didn't like it so much today when I went there and it was closed and then started raining, but considering how local it is, it is first choice when we consider fish & chips.
The chips are tasty and the fish (I usually go for cod) is fine, although sometimes it has a strange aftertaste that I can't quite plaice...
There is a sit down area too for those that like to be surrounded by pensioners and very dated decor, but the food comes out faster from the takeaway and is of the same quality, so there is no real point in going there unless you have traveled some distance for the experience, which I would find a little surprising in all honesty, but there you go.
I can't not recommend, but I also hear good things about the Golden Hind which is only a ten minute walk away and has good reviews. North Sea is perfectly adequate, but sometimes I just find myself wanting a little more.
Review from Ambrose C.
This is my 150th review and my first London review, and what better way to start by reviewing a place that serves an icon of British cuisine for the past 100 years or so: Fish and Chips. Located in the Bloomsbury neighbourhood of London, this place is divided into two sections, the restaurant section and a section for take away. My friend, his roommate and I went to the take away section because I noticed that getting fish and chips is cheaper.
We got some Fried Cod and a good portion of Chips to share among ourselves. Since my friend's roommate is a devout Muslim from Oman, he wanted to make sure that the fish was prepared "halal" (he was very adamant about it), so we asked if they could prepare it "halal". The staff over there seemed to be happy and obliged to do so, but we had to wait longer compared to the typical patrons who wanted to get take away. So if you are Muslim, and want "halal" Fish and Chips, this is also a good option.
After getting the fish and chips, I put some vinegar and salt on them, and started to eat. The fried fish was pretty tasty, the batter on the outside had a nice good crisp, while the fish itself was soft, and could be tastier with the Tartar Sauce. As for the chips, they were also pretty tasty. With the salt, the chips also had a good crisp that would make the chips almost addicting to eat. They use a lot of paper, which is supposedly the traditional way to wrap up Fish and Chips. The paper is fairly thick, so it's pretty good at absorbing the grease.
Overall, this is a pretty good place to get some tasty Fish and Chips in London, and I would definitely come back to grab some good take away. And I did not have to spend more than £7 for a generous helping.
Cod and Chips - About £6.50
Cod and Chips - About £6.50
Take away section menu
Review from Susanne C.
- 72 friends
THE BEST The Freshest and absolutely most wonderful fish and chips in London. First went here in 1974 and it is wonderful. The takeaway is great and the service in the sit down restaurant could not be friendlier.
It is very inexpensive and I have never had fresher scallops.
Review from Christine R.
- 26 friends
For a great Fish and Chips experience, do visit this restaurant. It was conveniently located down the street from our hotel, so after our first (tiring) day in London, we settled down to a nice meal of f&c.
They have several fish choices for your fish and chips- haddock, cod, salmon, form what I remember. The piece of fish they serve you is huge, and quite substantial for one person (I could have probably split one with someone!). The chips were crisp and thick, and when doused with vinegar and dipped in tartar sauce were phenomenal.
Anyway, it was yummy intro to British food, and along with waters and a beer, it came out to be a bit over 50 pounds. Of course, dining out in London is quite expensive, but this was reasonable.
The ambiance is very old school
Review from Rich H.
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Second Mesa, USA
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Review from Chris T.
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Thanks to the Yelp community I tried this restaurant on my recent trip to London. I wasn't disappointed. The decor is old world, but well kept and perfect. the food...amazing. I had the haddock fried of course. It was perfectly prepared. Light, fresh, excellent. The tarter sauce, while good, wasn't as good as expected after reading other posts. I will definitely return on my next trip. If for no reason other then a comfortable neighborhood restaurant with good service, full fish menu and excellent taste. Give it a try.
Would I stay here again? - YES
Would I recommend to a friend or colleague? - YES
Is it a good value for the money? - YES
Review from Aline D.
- 9 friends
Tucked away about 10 minutes walk from the bustling, over crowded Kings Cross, is this lovely, homey fish restaurant. I have been coming here since I was young, and for me I just get a feeling of comfort as it's a place which reminds me of when I used to come to London with my parents during my summer holidays.
However, even if it is your first time, the place simply engulfs you with a sense of familiarity and ease, and this could be due to the fact that not only is it unpretentious in anyway (except for maybe one of the waitresses who works there who can from time to time be quite off!), North Sea has been run and belongs to the same family since it first opened in 1977.
This joint first started as a local fish and chip shop, but due to its popularity, and quite rightly so, it is now a restaurant with a take-away establishment right next door.
The menu a nice array of fish, which you can have cooked in various ways, so as not to limit one to the usual battered fish. I last had grilled cod and chips with mushy peas. The cod was just the right texture, the chips were chunky and the peas where hot and the right kind of mushy! By the way, the portions are huge so unless you can handle it, I would recommend sharing the large portion of chips and sides they give you!
Eating fish and chips at the restaurant itself is not the cheapest, but the quality and overall ambiance all put together is very pleasant.
Review from Hannah S.
- 0 friends
King's Cross, London
I used North Sea's take out and it was great! I especially loved that they have a "half fish and chips" option - which is perfect for someone like me who has trouble finishing copious amounts of fried food. Not that they skimped at all, I could barely finish it - the portions were still large and the fish was delicious at the perfect price of £3.50 for half and around £5.50 for a full Cod fish and chips takeaway. 100% delicious, and friendly service. Will go back again, most definitely.
Review from Chris F.
The chips and battered sausage here were greasy even by fish and chip shop standards, but then this is how I remember chips shop fare being when I was growing up. I hadn't even realized that the chips I normally have in London were a little different to the ones from back home until I came here.
Review from Elaine S.
- 195 friends
San Francisco, USA
North Sea Fish Restaurant is not upscale and has a cozy divey feel to it.
We ordered two different kinds of fish & chips halibut and cod, mushy peas & Brussels sprouts. The fish was kinda greasy (not light & flaky), but the fries were awesome...I'm a sucker for good fries. I figured I had to try the Mushy Peas, since it seems to be a British thing (they tasted like mushy peas...surprised?), I wouldn't order them again, but I had to try them once. The Brussels sprouts were pretty good, steamed with butter on them. The restaurant had good tartar sauce & pleasant service.
I don't think I would go back, especially since I've had enough fish & chips already for the 10 days I am in London, but a pretty decent place to get fish & chips if you are in the neighborhood. It's probably a better idea to get "take away" since it's much cheaper than eating in the actual restaurant.
Review from Anne H.
Review from Qype User (kingof…)
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A genuinely nice place to have lunch or just a coffee with very friendly(but not overly) staff and a nice quiet garden and patio its the perfect place(if your in the are) to a tea or a light lunch or even one of their marvellous pizza.
Although called 'pizzeria' they serve a variety of things from English fry ups and tea to baguettes to rice and pasta dishes (not just Italian food) as well as great pizzas.
Seem to be open all the time. They're very very reasonably priced and have the money orientated attitude most chain shops carry around.
Its 2mins from Kings X station so i would heartily recommend anyone having to wait on a train to make there way around there.
Review from Graham K.
- 3 friends
Idaho Springs, USA
Wow - great fish and chips. I called it Whale and chips when it arrived. Only problem we had with this place was the seating. Even though there were plenty of empty tables the sat us next to the toilets. Ugh. We should have just moved - sure - but they never should have sat us there unless it was the last resort - and as i said, the place was far from full. But yeah - great fish and chips.
Review from Jimmy Z.
- 20 friends
Sun City, USA
Today's lunch was here compliments of the great reviews found here on Yelp. Wife wanted fish & chips and we were just around the corner. North Sea was just as expected and the reviews were spot on.
We split the seafood platter and standard fish & chips. Everything was cooked well and had excellent taste. Fish were not too oily and we were provided with huge protions. The chips were excellent as well.
Highly recommend if you are in the area. The "to go" side looked even better by the way. If you can eat fish and chips while walking, go for it!!
Review from Kevin S.
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Review from Chris L.
- 1 friend
Winter Park, USA
We went twice - first time in May, 2008 and then returned in May, 2011. We loved it both times. An unassuming place, obviously a fan among the locals, neighborhood folks. It's in the Bloomsbury section across the street from a garden square. Right next door is a fish market.
Fresh, tasty, nice presentation and nice portions - very laid back, with decent service. Had fish and chips both times.
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Review from Amber H.
- 23 friends
I heard about how temperamental fish and chips can be, so before I even left for England I did my research and knew I must check this place out. A tip for future visitors, check what time you head here since it is closed for a couple hours between lunch and dinner. I happened to come during this closed period, but knew I wanted it bad enough that I walked all the way back on another day.
Yelp has not let me down. This place was amazingly delicious. The fish itself was very large, probably the length of my forearm. The breading was thin and light, and not shiny from grease. The taste was over the top that it didn't need any sauce to make it edible, however, their tarter is freshly made, so even that had an outstanding taste you just cant pass it up. Half way done, I was already stuffed, but it was so good I couldn't stop eating! Even the fries were good.
The only problem was the fact that take away is so much cheaper that we decided to take it to go, however it's difficult to walk and enjoy at the same time. Specially in the middle of winter with a very brisk wind and there is no where near the area to just sit and enjoy the food. We ended up eating in the cold (luckily the food was so hot that it off set how cold I felt) against the side of a building. Even with this balancing act of ketchup, fries, fish and tarter sauce in a paper cone while walking in the cold, I would most defiantly go back and do it all over again.
BOTTOM LINE: must go!!! the fish and chips are delicious! only problem is take away is so much cheaper it's hard to want to sit down and pay the extra price, which means you must be good at multitasking with eating and walking.