The Hype

Not particularly well known little bistro in battersea, that everyone assumes is a fish restaurant cause of the title but is actually a local mediterannean-style restaurant hidden not far from Clapham Junction.

The Food

There’s a mindblowing 2 courses for £10 offer on half the menu plus a huge specials board. It’s not haute cuisine but it’s good, tasty food that won’t break the bank. I had risotto followed by pork in a calvados sauce and my companion had goats cheese salad followed by the duck and chips and both were scrumptious. We shared a cheese cake for dessert which tasted a bit too much like angel delight for our liking but this was a blip in an otherwise lovely meal.

The Drink

At only £3.75 for cocktails (as standard, not as part of any happy hour…!) it felt rude not to. Sure, my sex on the beach came in a wine glass but it was really refreshing and cheered up an otherwise dreary Monday. The margaritas looked good and at under £4 a pop, there’s only so far wrong you can go. The wine list was small but perfectly formed with carefully picked bottles from around the £12 mark.

The Fun

It is an absolutely adorable little restaurant, the type I didn’t think you could really find in London. Inside it is so romantic I felt like I’d stepped into a Richard Curtis film, shabby french chic with candles in port bottles, chandaliers, and retro french music. The people running the show are querky characters and it  adds to the overall vibe.

Overall Experience

It was packed on a rainy monday, which speaks volumes and it was clearly well loved by those who go there regularly. We had a fantastic evening.

Go there if….

You’re meeting in Clapham Junction and want a super cosy date location without too much hullaballoo, or you need a low key venue for a girly cocktail fuelled catch up over lunch or dinner in the winter.

Don’t go there if….

You’re taking someone for dinner to break up with them, or discuss something equally awkward where the romantic touches will only make it worse.

If you’re pretending to have been there don’t forget to mention…

It doesn’t actually have any signage on the outside so you need to know where you’re going. It’s a little red restaurant nestled on a corner identifiable only by the twinkle of the chandeliers inside.

For more information…

Flies under the radar of most bloggers as it’s probably not ‘in’ enough, but see Brownies & Blush for photos, and London Eating and Timeout for more.


  1. Fish in a Tie! I went there a few years ago and loved it so much I still have their card in my wallet to remind me 🙂 I’m glad that it’s not only still going but obviously thriving. My only regret is that since I never end up anywhere near Clapham, I’ve never had the opportunity/excuse to go there again.

    Great blog by the way. I can see me coming back for recommendations!


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