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Marylebone High Street's FishWorks is adored by fish and seafood fans.

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MON

12:00 - 22:00

TUE

12:00 - 22:00

WED

12:00 - 22:00

THU

12:00 - 22:00

FRI

12:00 - 22:00

SAT

12:00 - 22:00

SUN

12:00 - 22:00

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By A K.

Heard from a friend of mine that Fishworks Marylebone is a must for seafood lovers so decided to experience it. Gave them a call to reserve a table as I heard they are pretty busy and it is recommended to have a table reserved, when calling them I had a pleasant experience and really great first impression as the person I spoke sounded very professional and made an attempt to listen to me and accommodate my requests. On my visit I had one of their daily specials - Cornish Plaice with caper and parsley butter, a real divine and my partner had Scottish Halibut steak with spinach and hollandaise - another great classic that tasted like really well executed in Fishworks's kitchen. We had some oysters to start with, they were organically grown Dorset rocks (you can find them as well in Mark Hix's restaurants) and we finished off having their homemade (apparently freshly made every day as they are busy) classic Lemon Tart with a glass of their recommended sweet wine from South -West of France. The staff seemed really engaging and sincerely recommending their favourite dishes without being pushy and showing their up-selling skills. They all seemed very friendly and really switched on. Their wines are great too, a really good selection of "fish friendly" wines. We had their new kid on the list - Spanish Festo Verdelho from Rueda which perfectly accompanied our meal. Forgot to mention there is an amazing fresh fish counter where they sell fish for take away as well it can be chosen and cooked to your preferences in their kitchen. Can not wait to try their other branches in Richmond and on Swallow Street near Piccadilly Circus.


By Mick T.

Good and lively atmosphere. Competent and friendly staff, even if others denied this. The fish was very good and fresh. We, in our 50ies liked it a lot.


By Jacqueline B.

avoid, avoid, avoid is all I can say. Far too snooty. Needs some customer service skills. As previously stated;- the staff don't have to work for a tip as the bill includes a hefty service charge. This is a poor advert for dining out in a lovely area of London!


By Jeff B.

My wife and I dined at Fishworks, Marylebone High St in December 2009. No complaints about the food, but the attitude of the manager and some of the staff left much to be desired, i.e. offhand and somewhat snooty. We're in our 60s - perhaps the manager would like customers who are more trendy - or perhaps the 12.5% service fee means that staff don't feel the need to be friendly.


By Barry V.

VERY POOR. I have just returned. I ordered and paid for some fresh fish (to be prepared while my daughter ate her tea) to take out before sitting down with my very 3 yr old patient daughter for a kids meal in the restaurant.

We ordered. Fish Order delivered was wrong. Chips were incinerated. When we finished and left to collect our prepaid fish order 40 mins later (for a meal for my wife and I this evening) we were told this had not been prepared (crab not dressed, fish not trimmed, deheaded etc.).

Worse, while I waited with my daughter for the fish I had paid for and ordered 3/4 hour before to be prepared the staff deliberately ignored us and served 6 other customers (took over 20 minutes) who had neither ordered nor paid.

My 3 year old daughter was forced to wait (post 7pm) while we were deliberately ignored by all staff, the manager, chef, fishmongers and waiters.

So much for bothering to order and pay for the fish in advance and clearly, they couldn't be bothered to have it ready even 40 mins later.

I was then told that the restaurant would not supply brown prawns (those little shrimps, necessary for a recipe in a book which I had bought the week before from Fishworks because these were only available in the restaurant - despite being in their own recipe book. A

t this point, having said nothing, I complained to the manager about all of the above. (in the hope that maybe they would sell, or perhaps even give me the 3 Oz. of shrimps I needed for the recipe from the book written by the founder of fishworks they sell). Nope.

I was told that while they were sorry for the above they could not sell me the prawns as they did not sell them in the shop they were only sold in the restaurant.

They could not sell them to me in the shop as they did not have a retail price for them. I suggested that in light of the burnt food, wrong order and being ignored and for 30 minu


By Jason D.

Something Smells Fishy

I dropped in to the Marylebone High street branch of Fishworks on the evening of the 7th July.

I used to regularly enjoy the food at the Bath branch a few years back and was pleased to see that, this branch at least, was still open.

I ordered a double starter of Squid and crab cakes (about £13-14 for this) followed by Skate with mash and salad (all sides are extra, in this case £2.95 and £2.5 – with the £14.50 skate a £20 main)The starters were ok if unremarkable.

The squid was a bit soggy and the crab-meat had been heavily mashed and lacked texture.The main course was very poor.

The skate arrived very late (I saw a waiter selecting the wing from the counter 10 minutes after my starter was finished) and tiny.

Clearly a small piece had been hacked off the main wing. I complained and the waiter admitted that they mad a mistake and eventually halved the price of the dish.

Even then the execution of the food was poor. The mash was tepid, the skate more than slightly overdone and the salad was drowned in an oil slick of dressing.

Overall I got the feeling that they had given up caring.When challenged the waiter was defensive rather than conciliatory, he accused me of being angry and suggested, rather perversely, that as I had just walked in without a booking I should be thankful.

When I pointed out that Fishworks should probably do better or more outlets would close he answered smugly that they were doing well –

We if they are selling half portions made by out of work builders on minimum wage (as it seems they are) I am not surprised but it is not a sustainable strategy!

A conversation with another customer as we queued up to pay (seriously – they couldn’t get the machine working) suggested that this is a strategy not a one off.

He waited ages for mackerel the size of a sprat. Overall too many issues to be a


By Mulholland K.

Excellent and memorable dinner. I went to celebrate my 30th birthday with a friend from out of town. Living around the corner for the past year I regret that I have only just enjoyed Fishworks on marylebone high street! The staff were friendly without being over bearing. The meal was a delight from fresh oysters, a lobster course and an excellent wine that was recommended by our waiter. One of those meals you know it the ingredients were all fresh and high quality.


By J.

I visit the Marylebone and Islington branches of Fishworks Seafood Cafe regularly and have never ever had a bad meal or service. The staff have always been wonderful, attentive but not intrusive.

Maybe Fishworks were short staffed. These things happen but I would urge you to give them another chance. The langoustines are the best I've ever had.


By C.

I was really excited about going to the Fishworks Seafood Cafe. I had heard great things about it & it has recently won the ITV's Best Fish Restaurant 2005 award. However, I and my friend were very underwhelmed.

The service was truly appalling. I think I can safely say that it is the worst I have had in London in the last couple of years and that goes across all price brackets. The staff at Fishworks Seafood Cafe got my booking wrong and were generally very unhelpful, right from the moment of meet and greet on the door.

Our waiter wasn't any better. He didn't know the food and couldn't answer any questions. I had black tiger prawns to start. They were very over-cooked, my skate as the main course was a very small portion as was the spinach vegtable side dish. I felt it was poor value.

Fishworks Seafood Cafe needs to get to grips with front of house in the Marylebone branch.



By Bill B.

Fish is one of the simplest things to cook, yet also one of the easiest to get wrong. Thankfully, the chefs at this civilised Marylebone fixture know exactly what they’re doing. Their cooking is nigh on faultless but comes at a price, and even their sure-footedness falters slightly come dessert.

The Venue
Marylebone feels like a chic village plonked down in W1. Its high street features upmarket kitchenware and food shops, and attractive restaurants and bars. FishWorks fits right in with its Farrow & Ball-esque blue-green and cream paintwork, planked tables, leather bentwood chairs and Nora Jones soundtrack. The deep, narrow room has been cleverly broken up with partitioning, and nautical nods include a sailing ship on a window blind and a naïve harbour painting in the gents. You enter via a small fishmonger’s, available for those customers who prefer to cook.

The Atmosphere
There’s plenty. Even early on a weeknight, nearly every table is taken. Customers are civilised locals with a smattering of Marylebone’s bohemian contingent. The fishmonger wanders through periodically in his wellies bearing more produce for Chef, providing a welcome touch of theatre. Service is well-paced and friendly without being overly effusive.

The Food
It’s hard to see how anywhere in London could serve seafood and fish better. Marinated anchovies with mint, chilli and crostini (£6) delight in every way. Pretty little fillets are fanned out and scattered with tiny dice of chilli and mint. The precisely balanced combination of flavours – very-fishy anchovy, chilli heat, fragrant mint – isn’t the most obvious but it works brilliantly. The bread is nicely charred, and crunchy salad leaves are anointed with unusually good olive oil.

Calamari is no bargain at £8.25 but is, again, faultless. The coating is enjoyably grainy and impeccably crisp, and the squid is just chewy enough and has great flavour. A little bowl of saffron aioli is swoon-inducingly unctuous. There’s a specials board which might offer grilled tuna, whole grilled plaice, pan-fried turbot and monkfish steak.

From the permanent menu, a fried ray wing (£14.50) is perfectly moist and tasty, with a crusty, browned exterior. The beurre noisette has been daringly blackened and there’s a generous sprinkling of vinegary capers. A whole sea bass (£15.25, offered off or on the bone) provides soft, creamy flesh, and it has been slashed and studded with rosemary springs which brings real flavour. A side of fat, crisp chips (£3.75) is big enough for two - ditto the winningly undercooked spinach with punchy (maybe too punchy) garlic, at the same price.

Desserts don’t quite live up to what goes before. Crumbles are always a problem in restaurants; they need to be cooked – or, at least, finished off – individually, as ordered. That seems to rob them of the gorgeousness of granny’s big, communal version, bubbling from the oven. Sure enough, the topping of mixed berry ginger crumble (all desserts are £5.50) isn’t quite right texturally, though the ginger flavour is a nice idea. The berries beneath have held their shape and are just sweet enough but – oh, calamity! – the little accompanying bowl of custard is stone cold and thin.

A baked chocolate pudding (chocolate fondant, in fact) fares better. An extra 30 seconds in the oven might have improved the cake-to-liquid-centre ratio slightly but it’s still delicious with deep chocolate flavour, and a little ramekin of pouring cream.

The Drink
There are plenty of temptations on a wine list that features a fair amount by the glass. A muscadet (Pavillon, £5.95 for 175ml) partners seafood perfectly with its grassy minerality. Entry level Picpoul, another white (£5.50 for 175ml) is pleasantly fruity and more than good enough for a house offering. There are plenty of teas and coffees, including fresh mint tea. Glasses of tap water are assiduously refilled.

The Last Word
This place offers thrillingly assured fish and seafood cooking. Its dishes are unfussy yet occasionally innovative and it gets pretty much everything – ambience, décor, service, even portion size – right. It’s a pity such simple (albeit delicious) fare has to set you back £50 a head or more for three courses with half a bottle of modest wine but it’s evident large numbers of locals think it’s absolutely worth it. Those chillied, minted anchovy fillets, among other delights, make it difficult to disagree.

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