Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Fish in a Tie, Clapham Junction

I don't think you would stumble across Fish in a Tie if you didn't know of it.  Pass under Clapham Junction's railway bridge, with the sound of trains rumbling in the distance and down a distinctly average looking road, enter a corner restaurant which has an interior belying its odd facade.  It is eccentric - jam packed with tables, chandeliers hang casting light over old church chairs.

The service is very friendly, we have been before and found it so then as well.  We are offered a choice of tables and are offered a drink immediately.  Throughout the meal tap water is refreshed and more wine offered.  A 7pm it is already half full and has a lovely buzzy atmosphere.

To begin my friend has the beef carpaccio which is a beautiful slim translucent piece of meat, served with crisp salad.  My goats cheese is deep fried and a generous portion.  It is delicious and again comes with salad.  In fact, everything here is generous, from portions to pricing to service.  

My swordfish is a large piece of fish which is really flavoursome and light.  I squeeze lemon over it but it has been left undressed which I like.  It sits on a bed of slightly warm vegetables/salad which I am less keen on (warm lettuce is revolting) and leave.  Abby's red snapper is similarly well cooked and she likes her veg.  We are also served a dish of very soft boiled potatoes which are topped with a peppery seasoning and are delicious, if a little cold.

Fish in a Tie is a scatty and friendly operation - you have a hit and miss experience with food but smiley service, friendly atmosphere and reasonable prices more than make up for it.

Two courses and half a bottle of wine: £20 per head

Value: 7/10

Service: 8/10

Atmosphere: 7/10

Food: 7/10

SCORE: 29/40

Fish in a Tie, 105 Falcon Road, London, SW11 2PF.  Tel: 020 79241913.


Douglas Blyde said...

Sounds like you have to be in the right mood to forgive it its foibles and celebrate the calamity. How was the wine, by the way? (My friend supplies most of the bottles).

HC said...

That's exactly right!
The wine was very good - excellent for a house white and good value.