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The Wet Fish Cafe

242 West End Lane, London, NW6 1LG +44 2081662553

(((() British
Main course: £13
Food spend: £35
Opening hours
Open from 09:45 to 23:00, Tuesday to Sunday.

Really delicious food. The service was very efficient and delivered with a smile.

Natalie Bleicher 03 April 2016
from London

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Described as ‘excellent’ by Harden’s, and set in one of London's historic 'wet fish' shops in West Hampstead, Wet Fish Café rediscovered its roots and showcases the Art Deco tiles which lined the walls during its long history. This quirky backdrop lends authenticity to a friendly café by day and lively brasserie by night, the diverse Wet Fish Café menu headed by fresh, ethically caught fish and seafood.

With daily specials straight from the market, Wet Fish Café serve the catch with pride. Start with mackerel paté or crispy squid with sweet chilli mayo, before moving on to organic salmon with leeks and spinach purée or scallops fettucine.

Meaty venison and fillet steak prove it’s not all fish, with vegetarian pasta specials on the menu too. The brunch selection is great for a lazy weekend lunch, where eggs Benedict and French toasted brioche pair up with indulgent hot chocolate, coffees and fruit-packed smoothies.

Regular live soul and jazz lend smooth and funky vibes to Wet Fish brasserie nights, along with a serious cocktail and wine list. Easy to find on West End Lane, Wet Fish Café is an 8-minute walk from West Hampstead Train Station.

The Wet Fish Cafe

242 West End Lane, London, NW6 1LG

Contact +44 2074439222
Reservations +44 2081662553

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4.4 (((() (based on 42 reviews)
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  • lunch (16)
  • romantic (15)
  • breakfast (11)
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  • private dining (4)
  • entertainment (3)
  • luxury (2)
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  • (((** by from London

    I love The Wet Fish Cafe and have been going there for years. Last night's experience was not up to their normal standards. Service was slow, they were inflexible about the dishes (would not swap couscous for a wheat-intolerant diner, or mash potato for someone who hates it). Someone who had couscous said it was 'like couscous from a supermarket carton'. The staff were as friendly as ever, and it has the same great atmosphere. Just hope this was a temporary lapse in normally high standards of a classic restaurant.

  • ((((* by from Kenilworth

    Service good - staff friendly and welcoming. Menu choices very good. My wife tells me that the salmon and lentils was very tasty and my fillet steak and potato was excellent - best I have been served for a long time. We certainly recommend the food.

  • ((((* by from London

    The salmon was good. The cod was ok. On the downside, the restaurant was closing around 22.30 on a Thursday evening...

  • ((((* by from London

    We all enjoyed food and cocktails,

  • ((((( by from London Borough of Camden

    We had a wonderful evening. Great food, both lamb and aubergine curry were delicious!
    All staff warm & friendly, our waitress couldn't do enough. Lovely atmosphere both warm & inviting.
    A definite visit again!

  • ((((( by from West Hamstead

    Waitress was friendly, food wass tasty, price was reasonable

  • ((((* by from London

    Outstanding meal, every course was excellent. The staff are brilliant. Highly recommend

  • ((((* by from London

    Hi, we had a lovely evening and the food was very good indeed. My only criticism is that you do not offer a child menu. When' we asked if we could have a smaller portion instead of a full main course, we were told that's not possible as the fish was prepared to size in advance. I don't think you can expect small children, our daughter is 8, to eat spicy calamari or lentils - I'd love her to eat this, but some children are less adventurous than others. She had only the polenta chips in the end, which she disliked and I quite agree actually, they were just too sweet. What's wrong with normal chips? Anyway, bottom line is, that we won't visit you again unless we go without our child and I think that's rather sad. Wouldn't happen in Italy!
    Best wishes,

  • ((((( by from London

    Really delicious food. The service was very efficient and delivered with a smile.

  • ((((* by from London Borough of Camden

    Wet fish cafe quaint restaurant nestled in main street of bustling west hampstead. Being vegetarian was surprised to see good selection. In starter peach salad with pears,lettuce and nuts dressed with molasses was take away. In the main course Tagine was great and dessert Chocolate molten lava cake was fresh and stand out. Best part of they have two course meal and three course meal for 19 if u dine before 8pm. I felt it was real value for money.

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