Permanently Closed - Trawler Trash Limited

4.3
54 reviews
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Fish
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This restaurant is permanently closed. TURNING TRASH INTO TREASURE

HONOURING BRITISH, SEASONAL PRODUCE WHILST KEEPING LESSER KNOWN FISH AT THE FOREFRONT OF A CREATIVE MENU
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Fish
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday:
12pm - 11pm
Sunday:
12pm - 9pm
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Phone number
020 7354 0276
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MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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A short walk from Highbury Islington Station.
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Beer, Full Bar, Wine
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SI
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The place was closed and we received no email/phone call telling us this was the case. We only found out when we walked up to the place and there was a piece of paper stuck to the door saying it. No idea why, but surely through booking on OpenTable, they would have known there were reservations for that evening. Very disappointed as had been meaning to try it for a while, now certainly won't bother if they can't even put the effort in to tell me if they are closed.

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IA
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

The food was first class, but the meal was spoilt by the Rest not switching on the A/C until we had finished eating. They said that it was broken, but it was not switched no until there were more customers.

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MG
Wales
14 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Quite expensive for what was rather standard food. No beer on tap and lager was out of stock altogether. Very hot and just nothing special.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Found Trawler Trash just by chance on an internet search.

Food was very tasty and nicely presented and the portions were just the right size. Our waitress was very friendly and made some good recommendations.

I'll be going back for sure.

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice deco and food were excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was very good. Small mistake at the beginning as the server said they were almost completely out of wine due to late delivery. We settled on a bottle only to be told later that they did have all options. The server profusely apologised and did bring a free glass of prosecco. Hard to fault the response and would be happy to return!

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PT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We chose Trawler Trash due to its sustainable fish ethic. The food was very good and the service friendly and helpful.

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ST
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.... great service ....great value for money. Friendly and efficient staff and the food is top quality. I go there all the time with friends highly recommend.

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g
London
235 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I booked Trawler Trash as I wanted a fish and chip supper - and they delivered. However, if you also want to try something different from a fish and chip venue they have plenty to offer.

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HE
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely meal in Trawler Trash before a theatre trip - really good food & service, would visit again.

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TS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and great service. Will def try the home made desserts next time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice relaxed venue for some great fish and chips.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted a restaurant close to the Union Chapel. What a great find - excellent fish and chips and fish pie and a mainly fish centred menu. Nice wine list. Staff were very friendly and efficient. Definitely will return for another visit.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, lovely service, really nice decor - much better than when it was a fish and chip shop! Lovely the octopus - make sure you try it.

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h
London
26 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice food, good service. Casual restaurant behind a fish and chip shop. Wines and food but pricey but usual for area I guess.

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Definitely superior fish and chips - very friendly and efficient service.

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DC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great night out. Superb food, beautifully presented.

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely loved our romantic Valentine's dinner at Trawler Trash - the decor is understated and cosy and the staff are so friendly. The food was wonderful, I love the oyster starter with zingy shallot vinegar and zesty lemon, followed by succulent lobster. The cheese plate was a really pleasant surprise - a decent variety of different cheeses with enough crackers, grapes and delicious quince jelly. My fiancé had the swordfish to start and said it was amazing, and a couple of people around us had mullet ceviche, which looked really good too, so we'll definitely be coming back soon! Our waitress Martina was an absolute star and even gave me a single red rose at the end of the meal - now that's service! Thank you for a lovely evening and see you soon

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K
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We very much enjoyed our evening.
Staff was lovely and food was delicious!

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s
London
41 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Why didn't I eat at Trawler Trash earlier?!! I walk past the restaurant a lot and it's been on my 'to eat at' list for a loooong time. I also don't often eat at the same restaurant twice because there are so many good places to eat in London but I've since returned to Trawler Trash. I love seafood and everything on the menu here ticks a box for me. The oysters are also the best I've had in London - hands down. The fish pie is a winner and the happy hour cocktails are great value. I can't rate this restaurant highly enough.

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F
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely dinner, the restaurant is beautiful and the food and wine delicious.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fish lovers paradise ,we all enjoyed the menu and decor

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We ordered oysters as starters and that was well presented and tasty. Then 2 different fish plates that lacked some seasoning. One was also a bit burned as well as the vegetables from the other. I mentioned it to the server when he asked if everything was ok and he just said “well, it’s grilled sir” as if that meant burning was normal...

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P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly highly efficient service made this very enjoyable, not the cheapest but the quality of everything justified that.

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SJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Lovely food. Pretty decor. Good value. Service chaotic. Bar limited

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2017
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Amazing food, presentation great , food quick to order , restaurant really cold inside , waiters need to be more attentive

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OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2017
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

This was my third visit but sadly Trash is losing its edge. It opened bravely with non-mainstream fish across more than one dish on the menu. At launch it was fabulous cooking with intriguing opportunities to try unusual fish. On 29 November all the fish choices main course were items you would pick up in Tesco for cooking at home - salmon, probably farmed, cod/haddock in batter, sole (albeit called "witch" but sole is sole- a favourite in nursing homes).Thank goodness the chef's work was excellent and the starters were still interesting. But I am glad we had our 25% off card on this occasion. PLEASE Trash go back to being more interesting - what's the point of being a street away from Steve Hatt in Essex road? surely his thriving business shows you that it's worth putting least one gurnard offer or similar on the menu?

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SW
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We were really looking forward to lunch at Trawler Trash particularly as we had seen the very good value set-menu on their website.

When we arrived the restaurant was completely empty at nearly 1pm on Upper street, not a great sign, and they gave us the main menu, no set-menu... We queried with this and was told there was no set menu, we told them about seeing it on the website, and the waiter then admitted, oh yes we've been trying to get them to take it down.

I'd love to be able to rate the meal but after seeing the prices we decided to leave, one dish was more expensive than the advertised 3 course set menu, and though the waiters were polite enough as we went elsewhere, their lack of custom was not too surprising. I would've thought for a table of 6 it would have been worth their while honoring the advertised set menu as it's their mistake (seriously how long does it take to remove a set menu from a website?), but apparently not, even when you have no other customers.

There is a lot of competition for great restaurants on Upper Street, all offering good value lunch menus, this is definitely not one of them.

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W
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Having recently lost both Fish and Chip restaurants on Upper Street it was great to see that Trawler Trash had opened. The fish was some of the best I have had and overall the food was great.

Service was mixed and the place was empty which was a shame (although it was early). I will be back so I hope that Trawler sticks around for a while

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favourite restaurants!
Food is fresh and they have created a really nice atmosphere

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Review of trawler trash
If carlsberg did service then this is the place.
My girlfriend and I went to see what this little fish restaurant had to offer. I had one of those nights where everything I chose just didn’t agree with my palate My girlfriend chose a wine which wasn’t up to scratch but with in an instance they changed it to a very drinkable wine. The oysters were fresh and delicious. Each dish my partner chose had flavour, look delicious and hit the button. I chose a mackerel carbonara which didn’t work in my opinion. The staff over heard our conversation and immediately came over and offered me an alternative. I declined as it was my choice that was the problem and not the food, they removed the meal from our bill. Polite and attentive all through are meal they were first class. People say that the food and the venue make a good restaurant but service is up there with those. I would definitely go back because of the staff and hopefully pick something that agrees with me. Thank for a lovely evening.
Martin

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so please when TT opened as we had been looking for a good fish restaurant for a while- and boy we found it. The food is incredible and the service brilliant. They do great cocktails too. Love this place! Go!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quite an uplifting experience. Good all round. Excellent toilets too, which indicated a good general standard of hygiene. Side tables cramped, though, with uncomfortably upright seats.

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FV
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good fish menu, nicely cooked and attentive service. Good wines by the glass, eg an excellent Viognier.

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ID
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Well.... it was alright I guess.... the decor was quite novelty and furniture modern....low light setting which created a lil ambience. The good was ok .....and that's why I don't rate this place highly ..... I could have cooked this at home easily and matched what the chefs had prepared ....though it was nice food ...there was no big wow to it!
Scampi was good for the starters ...sardines lacked flavour . The tastiest things we ate were the sauces accompanying the meals and tomato garnish to be honest.
It was a cute place and waiting staff lovely don't get me wrong but the menu needs a whoosh fabulousness to it. Consider a seafood platter also instead of just oysters. I was hoping for calamari and massive shrimp and crab claws ....but none.... mussels were ok...but far too creamy ....and not enough garlic.

2 starters 3 mains 2 cocktails and a glass of wine £100 which was a little steep for what we got....not too bad yea.....but if the food was an 8 ...i wouldn't grumble at all.

Thank you for your kind service none the less x

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DN
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff are extremely accommodating and friendly - 10 out of 10 . The starters were amazing (definitely order the octopus) and the mains were good. A good selection of drinks for everyone to enjoy as well. Will be back!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. The octopus starter and the salmon pasta were delicious, as well as the sorbets for dessert. Everything freshly made by the chefs cooking at the front, feels very personal. The place is very small and we were in a two- person booth which was quite cosy, only suggestions would be to try getting a table in the back with more space.
The owner and wait staff were very friendly and attentive, I'd recommend highly! Seems like a hidden gem in Islington!

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Takes seafood to another level. Great food, great staff. The combination made a quick early evening, pre event meal, something special.

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t
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a nice meal that was very good value. Will definitely return.

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p
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My good lady enjoyed her oysters; My boy and I enjoyed our fish n chips!

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