Loch Fyne – fine enough

Our booking’s been made for two weeks and I’ve been looking forward to lobster all day.

So it’s a disappointing start when we turn up at Loch Fyne’s Leadenhall branch at 7pm and order two cocktails – a sazarac (rye whiskey and bitters) and a red snapper (tanqueray and spiced tomato) only to be told they had no bitters, and that they’d run out of fish and chips and lobster too.

We considered leaving but decided that there were some appealing alternatives on the menu, and ordered a bottle of Picpoul de Pinet dry white wine reasonably priced at £19.95.

To get the lobster fix I’d been craving, I chose a lobster bisque for starter @ £6.85 (the soup was good but the garlic bread tasted as if it had been charred on an unclean griddle – ie. of old burnt oil) and K had a tempura crab with chilli marmalade @ £8.45 (“nice enough but nothing special – slightly greasy”)

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Lobster bisque

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Tempura crab starter

For main course, I had a seafood grill @ £20.95 (Scottish salmon fillet, gilt-head bream, Scottish scallops, whole king prawn and Scottish rope-grown mussels, with new potatoes, spinach and chilli and coriander butter – really good variety although the fish fillets seemed a little tired and dried out).

K had grilled bream from the fresh fish bar menu @ £16.55 (firm, white fillet – sweeter than sea-bass – served with Hollandaise sauce, tenderstem broccoli, and buttered new potatoes).

Seafood grill – salmon, bream, scallops, mussels + prawn

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Fish of the day – grilled bream

Bill for two – £72.75 excluding service

All in all, this was a satisfactory meal out although Loch Fyne didn’t live up to my expectations (perhaps it was just this branch – maybe it was dead on this Friday night tonight, and the menu limited because they’d had a busy day serving City workers? Who knows).

But I’ll probably choose Cape Town Fish Market over Loch Fyne, next time I want to eat at a seafood restaurant.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 2.5 / 5
~ Type: British, seafood
~ Address: Leadenhall Market, 77-78 Gracechurch Street, London
~ Postcode: EC3V 0AS
~ Nearest station: Bank/Monument
~ Website: Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Loch Fyne
~ Location: Loch Fyne Leadenhall map


~ Black + Blue – Borough Market
~ Cape Town Fish Market – seafood restaurant
~ Fora Turkish – City
~ Roast – Borough Market

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