The Fish Market – review

The Quayside is home to some of Newcastle’s finest restaurants so we were keen to check out the latest arrival to the area, The Fish Market.

Located on 21 Queen’s Street (the former home of Cafe 21 and more recently Pan Haggerty), The Fish Market opened its doors on 1st December, promising seafood of the highest quality, a range of delicious non-fish options and handpicked wines from around the world.

Sounds good doesn’t it? We went to find out more…

We thought it would be useful to order a mix of seafood and non-seafood dishes in order to provide a review that would be relevant to more people. With a name focused on seafood, how would the non-fish options fare at The Fish Market?

Before we ordered we were promptly offered a basket of homemade bread which we enjoyed whilst perusing the menu.

For starter my colleague ordered King prawns with chilli sauce and I opted for the duck pate.

King prawns with chilli sauce

King prawns with chilli sauce

The Fish Market promises high quality, fresh seafood and it instantly became clear that they deliver this promise. The prawns were large, delicious and juicy.

Fish Market Duck Pate

Duck pate with caramelised onions and more delicious homemade bread

The duck pate came with some more delicious homemade bread which is infused with olives and certainly worth a special mention.

After being more than satisfied by our starters it was not long before the main course arrived. We had heard that the restaurant served a special fish dish that is brought in fresh from the Cape peninsula in South Africa – so of course this was something that my colleague was keen to try, even before laying eyes on the menu.

Fish Market Kingklip

Kingklip all the way from Cape Town cooked in lemon butter and capers

The fish in question is called Kingklip and The Fish Market prides itself on being the only restaurant outside London which serves it. My colleague described the fish as being smooth, buttery and said it melts in the mouth. I myself am not really a seafood eater but I insisted on trying a bit after hearing that description and had to agree with how delicious it was – if all fish was as good as this I think I would eat it regularly!

The rarity of this dish makes it the ‘must-have’ option if you are a sea-food lover and we are certain that you will not be disappointed.

Succulent rib-eye steak with rice, flat mushroom and seasoned vine tomatoes

Succulent rib-eye steak with rice and seasoned vine tomatoes

Most seafood orientated restaurants offer non-fish options but this often transpires to be something of an afterthought, with barely average steaks and chicken dishes on offer – this was not the case at The Fish Market.

In all honesty I would go as far as saying the rib-eye steak I ordered was the best I have ever had in Newcastle – and I have had a fair few! Beautifully tender beef, seasoned to perfection – I would certainly recommend this dish if, like me, you prefer meat over seafood. I was pleased to see the option of rice as a side dish to compliment the steak, and this is what I opted for ahead of chips or seasonal vegetables. The dish also came with seasoned tomatoes on the vine together with a large flat mushroom and peppercorn sauce.

Overall we were very impressed with The Fish Market and it is a welcomed addition to Newcastle’s restaurant scene.

No complaints at all. Fantastic service, amazing food and great wine too (we had a glass of house red and white each but their extensive wine selection looks very impressive and I will be sure to explore it further on my next visit).

Check out their Facebook page here for more details.

To book a table, call 0191 261 6210




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