First things first, aside from mentioning how hard it was to avoid a plaice pun in the headline, let’s clear up what a pescetarian is. I’ve been asked many times, so clearly it’s a term not many people are familiar with!
A pescetarian is, quite simply, someone who eats fish but not meat i.e. pork, chicken or beef. The reasons for adopting this diet, which sits somewhere between meat-eating and vegetarianism, are numerous and will depend on the individual, but likely involve a combination of environmental, ethical and health considerations.
While eating out as a pescetarian is nowhere near as challenging as finding top veggie and vegan grub on the go, in our rather meat-obsessed world many restaurants have somewhat limited seafood options.
To help you avoid traipsing around the capital in search of the perfect pescetarian meal, you could always make a beeline for one of these top London seafood eateries.
Bringing the spirit of South America to central London, Ceviche is named after the main delicacy it serves: marinated raw fish.
The plates of sustainably sourced fish tapas pack a huge punch of flavour – they really are quite a taste sensation. Choose from options such as fresh seabass ceviche in amarillo chilli tiger’s milk and line-caught yellowfin tuna tiradito.
Combined with highly quaffable pisco sour cocktails and friendly service, you’ll frankly be in foodie heaven. Despite the restaurant’s fishy name, there are also plenty of options for carnivores on the menu, including baby back pork ribs and coriander and panca chilli marinated chicken thigh, so it’s a great venue for taking friends who can’t imagine a meal without meat.
Seven at Brixton
If you’re out and about in south London, this lively cocktail bar in Brixton’s buzzing Market Row also serves a mean line of tapas that will delight fans of Canarian food. Delicately crispy calamari, saucy patatas bravas, Russian roulette-esque padron peppers and creamy garlic mushrooms washed down with Spanish lager makes for the perfect Tenerife-style lunch.
It’s even situated right next to a fishmongers so you can pick up some fresh fish to take home after your meal.
If you’re looking to enjoy a truly special pescetarian meal in refined surroundings, with terrific views and first-class service look no further than Smith’s of Wapping, with its Tower Bridge panoramas through floor-to-ceiling windows.
White linen, live piano music and fine wine are put on as stylish accompaniments to mouthwatering dishes such as avocado, crab and prawn tian, steamed Shetland mussels and Cornish monkfish.
Smith’s motto is ‘Famous for fish’ and you can certainly see why.
If a traditional fish ‘n’ chip supper is more your scene than refined wining and dining then you’ll be delighted by the artisan approach taken to frying cod and haddock at Poppie’s, which is situated close to Old Spitalfields Market and Liverpool Street Station.
Enjoy a beer, wine or soft drink with your beautifully cooked fish supper surrounded by 50s memorabilia and time travel back to the golden age of the British chippie.