Croydon, a town notorious for regularly appearing on shows like ‘Drunken Friday Night Fights’ and ‘Let’s Get Drunk & Show Our Knickers’, seems to be going through something of a culinary revolution. Take a walk down the high street and you will find literally dozens of restaurants to suit every taste and budget. From French fine dining, Spanish Tapas and quality gastro-pubs to the obligatory Thai, Indian and high-street chains, it’s all here; but crucially there’s also plenty of quality to be had.
Chef Malcolm John is a clearly a man in the know, for he has opened two restaurants in the area in the last two years, including Fish & Grill. With a huge skylight and floor to ceiling windows, the restaurant provides an almost outdoors experience, whilst the décor and atmosphere is that of a smart-casual diner; all very comfortable and relaxed.
As the restaurant’s name suggests, the food is all about well executed simplicity, with the emphasis on quality meat and fresh fish sourced from the South Coast and Cornwall. Our starters included delicious Scallops & spinach gratin and one of the finest examples of Moules Marinière you will eat anywhere; the balance of parsley, onion and garlic with the light and creamy sauce was pure alchemy. For mains, Miss Pancake went for a hearty Fish pie, full of crustacea and delicate white fish, whilst my Southdown Leg of Lamb was tasty but a little chewy in parts – the only blotch we could find all meal. A special mention also has to go to some of the best chips you’ll find anywhere. Desserts included an artery-cloggingly rich Bread & butter pudding and a summery Bakewell tart, featuring lovely whole pieces of raspberry.
Starters were around £7 and really impressively, plenty of mains were available for £12-£15. The well balanced wine list also provides value, with plenty of choice for around £5. Definitely somewhere to visit if you’re in the area.
Cuisine: Seafood and Meat
Dinner for 2 (excluding drinks): £55
Fish & Grill
48-50 South End