Fish Eatery, Edinburgh – Review

Last week I finally got the chance to try out Chef Jason Wright’s new venture Fish Eatery in Picardy Place. It was a little strange being back in the same restaurant that used to be Mark Greenaway’s and before that Hawke & Hunter, but Jason comes with ‘previous’ (in a good way – Ondine & Steak) so was keen to see the new ‘pad’.

The name of the establishment is more than a clear indication of what’s on the menu – it’s 100% seafood (unless you’re having the ‘Tea Time Menu’ ) an unfussy menu with some classic dishes and some interesting twists – I still don’t know what crab baked beans are, and the fish stew boasts spoots!

Coronation Shrimp Salad

Coronation Shrimp Salad

To start (along with the lovely glass of fizz, kindly arranged by a former colleague who now works there), I went for the Coronation Shrimp Salad and Science went for the Mackerel & Herb Pate. We also selected a bottle of Destinea Pinot Noir from the very reasonably priced wine list.

Mackerel & Herb Pate

Mackerel & Herb Pate

For our mains I chose the Roast Sea Bass with potato puree, chestnut mushrooms, seared spiced cabbage and garlic butter and Science, being a traditionalist, went for the Fish & Chips (Large, rather than the ‘Whale’ option). I would have LOVED to try the chicken & lobster macaroni, alas shellfish is off the menu for me and I couldn’t persuade Science to try the Halibut Kiev, with those aforementioned crab baked beans & potato waffles but would love to hear from anyone else who has!

I’ve never had Coronation fish before but it was a very mild dressing spiced up with bacon, light and fresh, it’s certainly something I’ll think about trying out at home and left me with plenty of room. I tried Science’s pate and that was delicious, there was a very generous amount too. Off to a good start!

Roast Sea Bass, potato puree, chestnut mushrooms, seared spiced cabbage, garlic butter

Roast Sea Bass, potato puree, chestnut mushrooms, seared spiced cabbage, garlic butter

My Sea Bass Main was fantastic, a lovely piece of fish, perfectly cooked on a really rich bed of creamy potato puree and drizzled with garlic butter – it was a gluttonista’s idea of heaven on a plate! Can almost still taste it now. Science’s fish & chips, were slightly less overwhelming, the batter was quite pale and a little bit oily (S is somewhat of a batter expert and has spent years perfecting his own, in fact we’re spoilt as I’ve not tasted better…..yet!), it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t amazing either. It did come with a cute little bottle of authentic chippy sauce though which was quite entertaining, although not sure it’s entirely necessary in a nice restaurant, but that’s just my thought!

Fish & Chips

Fish & Chips

There was no room for dessert but then I don’t generally have pudding anyway. But there was a selection of classics – crumble, brulee, treacle sponge, trifle etc. There wasn’t a cheese board (they felt most people wouldn’t want to eat cheese after fish – they clearly don’t know how us cheese fiends will eat it anytime and where!)

Much as I enjoyed my meal, I don’t think #steakgirl will be converted to #fishgirl – my carnivorous cravings will always win through but it’s a good option for a city centre, well-cooked and reasonably priced fishy supper. (You just need to make sure that everyone in your party wants to eat fish/seafood). Although we didn’t pay for the food the starters were about £6/£7 each and our mains £13 each and the house wine starts at £18.50 a bottle.

The staff were super, our waiter was very knowledgeable on the food and the wine and everyone was really friendly and made for a relaxed dining experience.

If you are off to the Theatre anytime soon they have a ‘Tea Time Menu’ that could be well worth checking out – offering Fish & Chips, Moules Frites or Steak Frites at £10.00 a head.

Fish Eatery, 12 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3JT

0131 556 9908

@FishEdinburgh

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