Restaurant review: Simply Fish, Shoreditch

Simply Fish

Simply Fish - Credit: Archant

Sometimes you just want things cooked a certain way but nothing on the menu in the restaurant you’re sitting in cuts it.

Simply Fish

Simply Fish - Credit: Archant

But at Simply Fish, which opened up in Shoreditch’s popular Boxpark earlier this year, if you want to be in charge of how your food ends up on the plate then you can.

The welcome concept at this restaurant – which also extends to its recently-launched takeaway service – lets you chose your favourite fish, how you’d like it prepared and what you’d like it served with, allowing you to construct your perfect meal.

If you’d rather sit back and let the chefs come up with the creations for you, then there are plenty of exciting choices on the menu, both starters and mains.

To begin with we opted for two of these to share – the sizzling marinated chilli prawns which were just the right side of hot and the chilli salt squid with soya and coconut sauce, which had a crispy coating and a tangy sauce.


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My friend also chose her main course from this section of the menu – jerk seabass with pineapple salsa, steamed rice and sweet potato wedges.

Intensely spicy but full of smokey barbecue flavours, the fish was nicely flakey and the edge taken off by the sweet accompaniments.

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I opted to create my own dish, choosing pan-fried hake with salsa verde, sweet potato wedges and stir fried vegetables.

The dish was simple, showcasing the beautifully fresh fish, which was crispy on the outside but soft, moist and delicate inside.

There’s a decent selection of wine, beer and cocktails, served from a bar opening onto the sun terrace, packed on a summer evening.

If you are a seafood lover, then the menu here should get you excited.

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