Parsons: The latest IT fish 'plaice'
The guys behind one of my favourite wine bars The Ten Cases have opened a tiny fish restaurant on Endell Street in Covent Garden. It's called Parsons, and you just have to get lunch there. Dinner too perhaps, but I've been for lunch a few times and think it's pretty fabulous.
I've nursed the hearty chowder when it was snowing, in April, enjoying every mouthful like it was a big warm hug, wishing the bowl would never end. Chuck fries in the mix and you've got one of the best value lunches in London. The trout tartare with Bloody Mary jelly has proven a godsend in the heatwave, generous too.
The menu really ebbs and flows with the seasons; white asparagus with brown crab being one notable highlight. The fat spears are charred to an inch of their lives and great with the rich crab. Otherwise, daily fresh fish is scrawled on the board, and comes simply grilled with a shaved fennel and carrot salad. Sizes vary so there's usually sharing options too. Order more chips here.
The other thing I really love about Parsons is its wine list. There's a cracking selection on by the glass, another lunchtime staple.
Five Very Kerri things about Parsons
- Bringing lunch back
- Crazy-good chowder
- The coat rack. Look up!
- Spankingly hot wine list