Restaurant Review: Fishy Fishy

I’m a bit late in posting this review as I actually visited in back in early September but better late than never huh! Let me start by saying that I was not paid or asked to do this review but since I reviewed the cookbook earlier this year I decided that I would follow this up with a post about the actual restaurant.

I’d been meaning to try Fishy Fishy for quite a while, certainly since I first saw it appear on the Quay in Poole. We go to Poole quite a lot and on our last visit we decided to book in to Fishy Fishy with the children early on a Saturday evening.

First impressions were good. The Fishy Fishy restaurant in Poole is very smart and well decorated. A quick glance around told us that the usual clientele would probably not have two small children in tow with them however they were very welcoming to my young bairns, providing them with their own menu/colouring sheet and a pot of crayons to keep them entertained.

The staff were reasonably attentive but despite the restaurant only being half-ful it did feel that there was an air of discontent amongst the team and certainly it seemed quite apparent that there was a few disgruntled members of staff and a bit of a power struggle going on. The openness of the kitchen to the restaurant and the bar area means that you can see and hear everything going on and it seemed clear that it was not a happy ship that evening!

Nevertheless our meal was nice. The children had a choice of fish goujons, grilled fish & chips, open chicken sandwich and tomato pasta, with their meal coming with a choice of fruit juice or milk and some ice cream for pudding. This is set menu for £5.50 and rather reasonable I thought as the portions were quite large. Always the chicken lover, my daughter opted for the chicken sandwich and my son went for the grilled fish and chips. Both were eaten and enjoyed. 

After perusing the menu (which changes with the seasons), I opted for the Fishy Fishy MLT – locally smoked mackerel served warm on an open sandwich with lettuce, tomato and skinny chips (£10.50), whilst Mr M chose the Sticky Mackerel which was a whole chargrilled mackerel brushed with BBQ sauce and served with a beetroot apple slaw and a potato salad (£13.50).

The Fishy Fishy MLT

I have to say my MLT was very tasty and rather hearty – look at the size of that wedge of bread! The mackerel was just on the right side of salty and the fries were crisp.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and would order that again if it were available.  

Mr M’s mackerel was a little less satisfying. It was very tasty but really it felt like an incredibly small meal once you’ve picked all the bones out of the fish. There wasn’t a lot of the potato salad and in all honesty Mr M left Fishy Fishy hungry, which was not really the objective!  It would have been nice to see this served with something more substantial as in the end, I gave Mr M about a 1/3 of my MLT to make up for his deficit.

Sticky Mackerel

Whilst waiting for our food, I did witness a couple of tables sending theirs back and so this made me a little nervous but I needn’t have been as all was well.  We didn’t stay for dessert as time was ticking on, the restaurant was filling up and it was starting to feel a bit cramped.

Would I eat there again? Yes, probably. It was a nice setting and the food was good but I’d perhaps make sure that Mr M made a better choice next time so we don’t have to make food-stop on the way home!

You can find Fishy Fishy in Brighton and Poole.

love & kisses
Mrs M x
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  1. Fab review x

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