The Fish At Bray

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The Fish At Bray Restaurant   Map ref: External site
Old Mill Lane, Bray Tel: -

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This restaurant closed down in 2003. It is now a Chinese restaurant, The Jasmine Peking. The following review is left for historical interest only.

This smart looking restaurant specialises in fish, as the name suggests. There's a non-smoking area and a set menu as well as a la carte.

Malcolm Padina writes on 27 March 2000:

Formerly a pub now a restaurant with a small bar.

It was a Saturday and we had booked late and hence were in the bar area rather than the main restaurant. The lady owner however was very accommodating. Although given a choice we might have preferred the non-smoking main restaurant.

Menu primarily fish with a chicken dish, lamb dish and a vegetarian risotto. Party of 8 all enjoyed their meal with comments that the goats cheese tart and fish cakes starters were excellent. The sea bass and skate in black butter and capers also received praise. The lobster salad main course was small enough for a lady's portion and described as delicious. Pleasant home made breads were offered together with canopies and olives. Vegetables were extra!

If we were trying to find fault it would be in the detail - too many capers on the skate, crab starter still chilled from the fridge, our party sat at three tables meant for pairs and hence found conversation difficult, black pepper on the tables would have been welcome.

Sweets received a hearty degree of praise particularly the fresh mange and coconut ice cream.

Wine list was short but interesting. We had a Montagny 1998 at 18.50.

Starters at 4.50 up, main courses at 12.50 up and wines around 15 up. The total bill for 8 of us including (optional) service of 10% was 290. However two of our party only had one course and only two had three courses. This included drinks before and 3 bottles of wine together with two mineral waters. We declined the coffees. Service was efficient but inattentive.

Well worth a second visit if you are happy to spend 40 up a head on dinner. Open every day except Mondays.

T Lange writes on 18 March 2002:

The restaurant has changed dramatically since the last review.

While I experienced The Fish when it was well worth the effort it is now an overpriced Bray outlet. The main courses are now around 18-23 plus sidedish (!) 2.50 each. The service was more like a pub rather than a restaurant - Fill your own glass and ask for cutlery that was taken away etc.

The food was mixed. The tuna steak at 19 was good but not exceptional as the price suggests. The baked plaice at 21 was overdone and watery.

20 for the wine was also overpriced.

The restaurant lives on its fanatstic past but is trying to play expensive which just doesn't work.

We paid 110 for a diappointing dinner experience. Nothing on the night was worth the expense.

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