Reviews

Fish bistro is a real 'catch of the day' By Keith Perry - Herald Express, August 2006

CONSISTENCY is the key to any successful restaurant. Providing quality food and service night after night, day after day and year after year virtually guarantees a steady turnover of satisfied punters.

              
              
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For more than a decade now Number 7 Fish Bistro has been doing just that in a friendly unpretentious manner which amazingly has earned it just one major accolade — The Daily Telegraph Bistro of the Year award back in 1995. Quite why that should be the case, ranks as one of the Bay’s great culinary mysteries. Number 7 had established itself as one of the best eating experiences in the area. And long before “locally sourced” had become a key element of restaurant blurb, Number 7 was flying the flag for Tor Bay’s most famous local product of all — fish. In fact, it promotes itself as “Torbay’s only fish restaurant” and as far as I am aware, it is just that. Surprising when you consider that rich and varied harvest available on our own doorstep. But while many local restaurants dabble in fish as a feature of the menu no others do it exclusively or as well and as famously.

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"One of the best meals I've ever eaten"

I've eaten fish all over the UK, and I can honestly say that this is the best I've ever tasted. From the moment the waiting staff come to your table to show you the day's catch, on a tray, to the moment you leave, floating on air, everything here is what good food should be - fresh, beautifully cooked, home-made, and bursting with flavour...
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Tucked-away on the hill overlooking the harbour, definitely the venue for really fresh, really good fish” – an “uncomplicated”, “genial” and “consistent” bistro-style operation that impresses all who comment on it.
On harbour front in centre of town: modest, friendly, family run restaurant specialising in simply prepared fresh fish, mostly from Brixham. Fishing themes enhance ambience.
Fabulous smells fill the air at this buzzing harbourside fish bistro, and the menu is packed with super-fresh fruits of the sea. Number 7 specialises in local crab, lobster, skate and monkfish, often with an unexpected twist. Try the king scallops with vermouth or fish and prawn tempura.
No 7 Fish Bistro is nice and handy for the fresh seafood as it comes off the boats, then straight into the most fishy place you ever saw - surprisingly it claims to be the only seafood restaurant in Torquay. Cheerful and relaxing, it's busy, with a wide range of exciting names from the sea - John Dory, Brixham plaice, Star Point crab, Dover sole and so on. Main courses might consist of: fillet of sole/plaice, filled with local crab or prawns and baked under a cheese and wine sauce; monkfish baked with black pepper and sea salt; scallops simmered with mushrooms, vermouth and lemon; filleted fish of the day deep-fried in our own batter; thick cut of prime cod fillet baked and served with prawns thermidor or fillets of fish and prawns, all cooked in a light tempura batter and served with 3 dips.

The Good Food Guide 2008
Long-established and very much a part of the scenery on the harbour side at Torquay, this converted Regency house has barely changed since it opened.
Family-run, and friendly, the dark wooden floors, seafaring knick-knacks and colourful oilcloths on the tables are as traditional as the wide-ranging menus.
Seafood broth or hot and cold shellfish platters are followed by lobster and crab freshly boiled or grilled with garlic and brandy butter, or a fillet of plaice filed with peeled prawns and baked with a thermidor sauce. Scallops simmered with mushrooms, vermouth and lemon, and monkfish baked with black pepper and sea salt expand the repertoire. Desserts include home-made apple crumble, a selection of local cheeses and the well priced wine list sets sail at £12.