Despite being the daughter of a North Sea fisherman, I have a strange aversion to white fish. I like the flavour just fine but its the bones you see. One bone found and its game over. On the odd occasion I have been served white fish at a dinner party, I spend a ludicrous amount of time picking at the offending article searching for booby traps, which never sends a good message to hosts.
I think this is both a learned response from my mum as well as being linked to my rather irrational fear of choking. I have a plethora of irrational fears but this is the only one with a food theme, thank goodness. I am one of the few people to have dined at Rick Steins restaurant in Padstow and successfully avoided fish. There are only two places in the world where (up until now) I will order white fish – the Fish and Chip shop in my home town of Pittenweem and the Anstruther Fish bar. Remember this is an irrational fear and as such I reserve the right to such nutty behaviour.
CONQUER YOUR FEARS
This is one fear which I have decided to conquer. I like the taste of fish, am fully aware of its health benefits and really want it to have more than a bit part in my diet. With this in mind I bravely suggested Fishers in the City for a recent girls lunch.
FISHERS IN THE CITY http://www.fishersbistros.co.uk
There are three restaurants in the Fishers Restaurant Group – Fishers in Leith, The Shore, and Fishers in the City. The original Fishers in Leith has been around for 20 years and is still winning awards.
We booked into Fishers in the City which has been around for 10 years now. It is set in an old converted warehouse in Edinburgh’s Thistle Street. Fishers in the city has a spacious and contemporary feel with dining on different levels and Its central location (and proximity to Bon Vivant) make it a fantastic lunch venue. They do a stonking lunch deal at the moment which delivers 2 courses for only £13 or 3 courses for £16.
To start there was the choice of two soups and a squid based salad. I opted for a spiced Aubergine Soup. I have a love of Moroccan flavours and this pressed all the right buttons. When the soup arrived I was rather shocked by what seemed like a very small portion, however this piping hot soup was thick, spicy and satisfying plus it turned out that they had got the size just right. The toasted almonds scattered on top were a lovely touch.
Now for the drum roll … for the main event I ordered a Panang Curry with Coley … yes Coley and King Prawn. Panang is a mild Thai curry which normally includes an array of tasty spices – chilli, galangal, lemongrass, corriander, cumin, garlic along with a healthy dose of beautiful creamy coconut milk. irresistible, but would the fish spoil the experience? Hell No! The fragrant and delicate Thai sauce soon made me forget about going on a bone hunt (that and the wine) and I thoroughly enjoyed the dish in its entirety.
It was a nice change to see ALL of my lunch companions opting for a big fat sticky toffee pudding for dessert. I am used to being the scoffer in the corner who tucks into sugar obscenities whilst my slimmer companions nibble on cheese (which is fattening too by the way). I say big fat pudding but it actually looked incredibly sophisticated and you know what – it was up there with the best of them. I am a Sticky Toffee pudding connoisseur this could be a close second to the best ever Sticky Toffee pudding I have eaten, which was from Rick Stein’s restaurant. Is there some reason why fish restaurants serve lovely versions of this classic I ask myself?
As always a word on the service. Our waiter was witty and attentive and the service was swift but not hurried, as it should be. I am glad that I have finally come to the famous fishers and beyond delighted that I ordered and loved white fish. It was a fantastic meal washed down with a more than palatable white wine. I am hatching a plan to get the next group of girls out to Fishers as well (the slender cheese eaters) and secretly hope that the Panang Curry will re-appear on the menu for my return.