Sutton and Sons [Islington]

Sustainable and high quality fish at Sutton and Sons

History and Background:

Meal courtesy of Sutton and Sons.

Wide variety of fresh and sustainable seafood at Sutton and Sons have kept its reputation high across London.

Opening its second branch after its long standing recognition from Stoke Newington, the latest addition to Essex Road has been blighted with locals and recognized foodies in support of the launch. An established and reputable entity in its own right, with its roots stemming back to 1998, serving schools and its local community.

With fish sourced from popular fishmongers in N16, Sutton and Sons serves fish that ranges from swordfish to cod which is cooked in various ways.

Seafood is bought directly from the day boats of Essex and other UK coastal fishing ports, and from Billingsgate

The meal:

1/2 a dozen Malden Oysters £8.50

I had these last time and they were unbelievable. Trying them again with my colleagues to show just how succulent oysters can be… These oysters are obtained from Kent with the aioli sauce is a must-try!

Battered Calamari rings and Smoked Haddock and Cod fishcakes £4.50 and £4.50

Big portions with £4.50 can get you far, large calamari rings hot from the fry and crispy on the outside. Nothing can go wrong! I love it when food is served really hot, especially after taking dozens off photos. Sutton and Sons is a prime example of how food should be served and not obviously microwaved!

Amazing hot fishcakes

Fishcakes that evening was my favourite starter. Opened the fishcakes to see steam radiating from a meaty filling of smoked haddock and cod, this could have even been my main!

Beautifully grilled golden
Not your standard fish and chips! Monkfish and Chips £12.95

Mains were the highlight of the night, with more than average size portions for a competitive price leaves you feeling very satisfied. Fish is fresh and succulent leaving a permanent lasting impression. Monkfish was soft and tender which contrasted to swordfish, naturally meaty in nature.

Mush them up bro
Can you believe it… fried mars bar

The desserts was a complete surprise and reminiscent of the mars bars you get in Scotland – rumour has it that if you buy a mars bar and bring it to any fish and chippy they will fry it for you!

Service: Attentive and friendly!

Bits and bobs:

  • There are mains off the menu written on the chalkboards inside, so have a look for specials

Price: £

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Superstar BBQ

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Feels like Christmas already! Superstar BBQ at Tottenham Court Road

History and Background:

Meal courtesy of Superstar BBQ.

With an existing coup of Korean restaurants in London, the addition to Tottenham Court Road with Superstar BBQ doesn’t come as a complete surprise. With St Giles Street fast becoming a second Korea town (after New Malden), eyes were open, and ears were peeled to see what awaits in the St Giles Piazza.

An impressive menu at a very competitive price, the new restaurant in town is somewhat flashy too with intricate baubles hanging from the ceiling and its very own karaoke room. Although a BBQ restaurant, it is vegetarian friendly, family friendly and date friendly too!

Sophistication is what distinguishes Superstar BBQ between the rest, floor to ceiling windows and huge tables with a professional set of staff. A very westernised take on Superstar BBQ where no korean words are printed on the menu and staff who speak fluent English.

Korean BBQ has always been an on and off trend, with meat marinated and ready to grill at your ease with banchan (side dishes) to combine it with.


The meal: 

We had the option to go for any set meal for 2 – we chose set 3 which is £35.00. Below are what’s included.

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Traditional Mandoo (Dumplings)
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Pajeon (Seafood Pancake)
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Yuk Hwae (beef tartare)

A very good yuk hwae, the sliced pears are sweet in nature and mixed with the raw beef is a perfect combination (and raw egg of course).

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Kimchi (Banchan)

You will get another banchan which consists of namool. I believe these are seasoned beansprouts.

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A large table to cater for all
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Selection of meat dishes

Tiger prawn, sesame and garlic sirloin, rib galbi, wine pork belly and grilled vegetables highlight the BBQ meat section. Not quite your typical marinated dishes but at the same time a very good take on Korean BBQ. The tiger prawn ended up too dry and mostly due to us over-cooking it!

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The other banchan – Namool
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The way to do it!
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The bibimbap was slightly try for me, even with the extra gochujang sauce. This is most likely to do with the dry vegetables you get to mix within the bowl. All very cute though.

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Black sesame ice cream

These desserts are probably one of the best I’ve had at a Korean restaurant. The black sesame ice-cream is strong in flavour and soft to spoon. The snowball (pictured below) deserves in own recognition. Quite literally a bowl of sugary goodness (a bit too much for me but most will like it), very much a Winter-y dessert.

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Snow ball


Service: Just as good as most restaurants

Bits and bobs:

  • Right opposite Kanada-ya and Ippudo, you won’t be hungry in this area trust me.
  • booking system available
  • Party bookings available

Price: ££
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