Eating My Way Around: Cape Town Fish Market, London

30 Jan

This week, I met with one of my best gal pals, and we visited our meet up haunt, Cape Town Fish Market (Oxford Street, London). It’s a restaurant just off Oxford Street, and it does the most amazing seafood. It even has the tag line “any fresher and you would need a fishing rod”, and the fish swim around in massive tanks, which adds to the whole drama of the place. It’s lovely.

They have a great offer for card holders, so we often meet up on a Tuesday and gorge on the most delicious sushi; California rolls with tempura prawns and a mango wrap, melt in your mouth sashimi and all different types of nigiri, plus wasabi mayonnaise, kohlrabi sauce and of course, soy glaze. It’s a bit pricey, but with the deal card it makes it really reasonable for good sushi (and I am a massive sushi snob) and honestly, I would go on a non deal night, it’s that good.


Sushi, it makes miso happy

They also have a fairly extensive menu, including my personal favourite, the surf and turf. You think you know surf and turf, right? Hunk of steak covered in prawns?

You can’t even begin to imagine.

This surf and turf is out of this world, and features a real twist on the classic. Instead of steak they present you with twice cooked pork belly, and replacing the prawns are some dainty little scallops. The whole thing comes with wilted spinach, and is by far my favourite meal out. in fact, I love to try different things if I go to the same place twice, but on this occasion, I JUST CAN’T. I fear that I might get food envy if anyone else chooses it and I don’t, so I hedge safely and choose my favourite. And I am never disappointed.

This is my local go to when guests from out of town visit as it’s a bit of a crowd pleaser, and although its busy if you book you are generally guaranteed a table. The staff don’t rush you (I was there 20 mins before my friend this week and they happily let me sit with my wine and browse Facebook) and the general feel of the restaurant is happy and chilled. Just my jam.

Have you been? What is your favourite place to take guests when they are in your town?

10 Responses to “Eating My Way Around: Cape Town Fish Market, London”

  1. prenin January 30, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Hi Tinks! 🙂

    I don’t go out much, hate uncooked food and my old haunts have been taken over and changed beyond recognition.

    I love reading about your adventures though! 🙂

    Love and hugs!


    • tinkerbelle86 January 30, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

      Maybe 2014 is the year to face your fears. If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough! Much love my friend x

  2. susielindau January 30, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    Yum! I haven’t eaten breakfast yet! Sounds like a great feast!

  3. Gretchen O'Donnell January 31, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    I’m so glad you wrote about this place! I’m going to be in London in March so I’m putting this on my “to do” list – I love seafood!

    • tinkerbelle86 January 31, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

      if you need any reccomendations I have tons. Literally tons. All I do is eat 🙂

      • Gretchen O'Donnell January 31, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

        LOL! I’ll keep that in mind as the trip gets closer!

      • Gretchen O'Donnell February 3, 2014 at 1:14 am #

        I told my husband about this restaurant and he got excited and we’d love to hear your other recommendations – if you’re willing to give them! We’ll be there for 6 days so need several ideas, different price ranges, and such, if you don’t mind taking the time! Just seven weeks away!

        • tinkerbelle86 February 3, 2014 at 9:54 am #

          of course I don’t mind, I have tons. Drop me an email ( and we can talk 🙂

  4. Boonya February 2, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    Oh my! This looks so delicious! All of a sudden, I am really hungry haha! Will have to try this place out when I’m in London!

    Have a lovely sunday!

    Boonya –

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