Fish and Chips is one of the UK's national dishes but for some reason its something that is becoming increasingly difficult to find in Central London.
I have found a decent Fish and Chip shop in Covent Garden and one in Bloomsbury but these are the exceptions rather than the rule in this area and soho is an incredibly difficult place to fine a dish that I absolutely love!!
So this brings me to the Mermaids Tail which is right on the cusp of Leicester Square, it is a large decent restaurant, it looks nice in a slightly antiquated way, it has a lot of fish related stuff on the walls and it provides a nice if not somewhat cheesy ambience.
The restaurant is open every day from 11am until midnight and you can sit inside or outside the restaurant, although sitting in Leicester Square in December is probably a really bad idea.
I did like the fact that the restaurant makes a big deal over its dolphin friendly fish and that all of its fish comes from purely sustainable stock.
The menu is a bit more than just fish and chips, you can have steak or ribs, chicken, lamb shank or gammon steak, but then I wouldn't order chips in a Chinese restaurant so I wouldn't order any of these in a fish and chip shop.
We settled on having haddock and chips as we're all off cod due to sustainability issues, it was £12.95 and all four in the party had it, my sister in law is a coeliac and we had come here because she has been dying for a decent fish and chips for years, they do gluten free fish here, so will cook to your requirements, when the meals came there were a good number of chips and the fish filled the plate, it was meaty and the batter was crisp and crunchy, even the gluten free option tasted right, where quite often it can be soggy and limp.
We had a couple of bottles of wine from a decent selection and all in it cost us £80 for 4 people, we were all fully satisfied with the meal and the drinks and it was then a 1 minute walk to Leicester Square tube station.
Overall I would recommend this restaurant, I have walked past it on the way home from work and assumed it was an expensive Leicester Square tourist trap but it isn't its a nice place that does have a lot of tourists looking for authentic Fish and Chips, but it does a decent job of showing what a great meal this can be.
Being honest I think the meat dishes are aimed at tourists and I would much prefered to have seen more fish options on the menu, but other than that this was a very good and inexpensive meal.