Fishy Fishy

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I don’t know what to expect as I step inside Dermot O’Leary’s second culinary venture, Fishy Fishy, situated on the picturesque Poole Quay. I hope it lives up to the standards of its sister restaurant in Brighton, which has had roaring success since it opened only a year ago, and I wonder if it has the proverbial X Factor.

Fishy Fishy Poole

The deceptively large interior is modern, clean and cool, and has a nautical theme. Wooden floors, comfy booths and marble table tops complete the look. It has the right amount of sophistication to make you feel like you’re somewhere special, but not too much to warrant full evening attire, and I feel quietly contented with my relaxed-day-out-shopping outfit.

Fishy Fishy Poole

I order from the October-Feast menu, a special menu costing £15 for three courses and a glass of house wine.

My starter is Salt and Pepper Squid Tentacles. The almost invisible coating is crisp and tasty, and gives way to succulent squid underneath. It ticks the fresh and tasty box, and the delectable little pieces are served with a simple, lightly-dressed salad.

Fishy Fishy Poole

My main is Feather Steak 6oz Steak with Skinny Fries and Isle of Man Blue Cheese Butter. When it arrives, it looks like a simple plate of steak and chips. And what’s wrong with that? If simplicity is key, then this dish is perfect. The uncomplicated dish shows off the restaurant’s ethos perfectly. Fishy Fishy relies on locally-sourced food with an emphasis on freshness and quality. It’s great to taste something that hasn’t been over-complicated, but has good quality produce. The steak, to use a well-known cliché, melts in the mouth. It’s cooked to perfection, my perfection any way pink in the middle but not a trickle of blood in sight. It’s served with a reasonably sized portion of thin and crispy fries. The Blue Cheese Butter is tasty and strong, packing a clever punch and well-teamed with the meat. There’s just enough of it to coat each mouthful, and I’m left tasting every morsel of meat with delight.

Fishy Fishy Poole

My dessert is Lemon Posset, and whilst the two other courses are extremely tough competitors, it’s definitely the highlight of my meal. It’s creamy and tasty, luxurious yet light and it finishes off the meal perfectly. I’d go as far as saying it’s the nicest Lemon Posset I’ve ever had, and being a lover of all things lemony sweet, I’d say that’s pretty good going.

Fishy Fishy Poole

To view a recipe from the Fishy Fishy cook book, click here.

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  1. Charis Webster :: BH says:


    Author: John Edwards

    Its always nice when a new restaurant opens; not only does it provide another choice but it also ensures that competition keeps a wary eye on their own quality and prices. Given that the new restaurant is primarily fish and I can use my ‘Magicard’ make for additional bonuses.

    The new restaurant, ‘Fishy Fishy’ on Poole Quay described as a ‘Seafood Brasserie’ on the website ( was therefore the obvious choice for our next excursion.

    We booked, just in case, but there was really no need, it was a mid-week evening in snowy Dorset and the three other customers in what must be a +100 seater restaurant, kept a similar number of very attentive staff company. With the location where it is, and the other factors, this is likely to be a real goldmine when the sun returns.

    The website suggest that the experience would be a relaxed, informal, predominantly seafood dining experience promoting fresh, local and seasonal seafood, and we were not disappointed. The décor which was simple, clean-cut with a black and white focus, I thought captured the moment well. We were greeted on arrival by a cheerful bunch of staff, the chef was in the dining room as well, which I find rather encouraging and quite appropriate, and we effectively had a choice of any table.

    We chose a window seat, which was great, overlooking the marina with a view of one of those really upmarket boats from a local builder. The menu, identical to the web menu, was simple, straightforward with a number of classics along with some newer additions.

    I chose the Pan-fried Fillet of Brill with Piperade, my wife the sardines from the Menu Board, and for the main course Fishy Fishy Fish Pie with Cheesy Mash and my wife, the whole Poole plaice again from the board (and of course a bottle of wine). We seldom get any further than that! The food arrived hot, freshly cooked and it was really rather tasty. And the bill, I thought quite reasonable, particularly as we had recently eaten in a well know restaurant in Lyme Regis where the food was on par, but the bill was certainly not.

    All in all, an extremely worthwhile experience which we will undoubtedly repeat. Fishy Fishy aims to provide local fish whenever possible which is also sustainable – I hope they can keep to this up.

    And the negative points; only two really. There was no bread offered and served, something I personally like to see, but it is often not encouraged. ‘I don’t want my customers filling up on free bread when they could be purchasing a dessert’. But my pet hate which you seem to always come across in the more flashy Italian restaurants, is the waiter lurking around with a pepper mill, which he then proceeds to overreact with at the table. Fishy Fishy seems to have gone down this route, the logic of which was beyond the waiter. Salt is provided on the table but I like to taste my food before adding anything. For both the first and main courses I needed to ask for the pepper mill. I hope they have the staff available for this when the restaurant gets busy!

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