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Dec 23, 2010 05:05 AM

London: Seafood-free restaurants?

Writing for a friend with a severe allergy to both fish and shellfish-- looking for recs for restaurants and pubs that do not have fish or shellfish on the menu.

Cross-contamination has been an issue in the past, despite promises of extreme diligence, so we are looking for a place that doesn't offer it in any form, ever.

Location: anywhere in central London. Price: not important.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

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  1. Sorry this is basically really unhelpful but I'd be amazed if you find a suitable place without going vegetarian. One option may be Itadaki Zen in King's Cross which is a vegetarian Japanese people talk highly of. I almost went, but a last minute lust for pork saw me go to nearby Camino instead.

    Other notable vegetarian places?

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    1. re: chief1284

      I'm with chief1284 - I think you'd have to go vegetarian to be sure of no shellfish / fish. How about Saf?

      1. re: alexthepink

        Sorry for the late reply and thanks for your suggestions.
        Veg is a sensible solution.
        If anyone can propose a meat-serving place without seafood it would be most appreciated.

        1. re: sinjawns

          Meat without fish on the menu is difficult - steakhouses like Hawksmoor always have fish on the menu - I can only think of Turkish ocakbasi like Mangal on Arcola St Dalston E8. There are lots of Turkish grill restaurants in Dalston/.Stoke Newington & Green Lanes - I don't remember ever seeing fish in an ocakbasi - however these Turkish places are not really central. Vegetarian restaurants: Rasa (Stoke Newington High Street - the original Rasa on the south side of the street - the sister restaurant nearby Rasa Travancore has fish - not central tho'), Mildred's (Lexington Street Soho), Vanilla Black (Holborn) and Saf and Itadaki as previously mentioned

          157 Commercial St, Poplar, Greater London E1 6, GB

          Saf Restaurant
          152-154 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3AT, GB

          1. re: themags

            ive seen fish on the menu at ocakbasis.... they definitely have it at mangal 2

            1. re: t_g

              Haven't actually been myself, but from what I hear (and from website) Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte serves no fish whatsoever? Marylebone and City branches.

              1. re: fireplaces

                That may be true but it's also supposed to be terrible? I've never been tempted.

              2. re: t_g

                Yes, sorry. I was at an ocakbasi in E17 lat week and they had fish. I just couldn't stop staring at the lamb perhaps I was blinded!

                More importantly I just remembered that a girlfriend of an old colleague couldn't eat chicken due to an extreme fish allergy - they feed fish pellets to chickens and even this was too much for her. TBH if travelling with that kind of severe reaction I would go vegan unless the restaurant could completely trace their meat and its diet

      2. Meatwagon #meateasy doesn't have any fish on the menu, but it is a burger place. Likewise Chilango's has no fish, but it is burritos.