Sunday, 11 August 2013

The Italian Club Fish - A Review

With us having the three girls, it is not all too often that we can get out and about on our own. So when we do have someone to watch the girls for the night, we like to treat ourselves and go somewhere with a bit of class. Let's face it, if you have kids, eating out usually means that the kids come first - so a restaurant attached to a children's indoor play area is usually the safest option.

So when we were invited to the Italian Club we grabbed the chance to have some time alone as a couple and enjoy a real treat. And treat it was, believe me.

The Italian Club is a family run and owned business in the heart of Liverpool. It began with The Italian Club at 85 Bold Street and soon after, The Italian Club Fish opened at 128 Bold Street. Having visited the original Italian Club a few times, we were really looking forward to our 'date night' at Italian Club Fish. We had heard great things about it from friends and family and we were not disappointed.

The Restaurant 

We booked our table for 5pm and were seated near the back of the restaurant. This suited us fine, as the back is a little bit more intimate. The lighting is just perfect and I think the restaurant has managed to achieve a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere while retaining an air of sophistication - it was both ambient and pleasant.

I also appreciated the attention to detail. The tables were laid perfectly, and the plates and place mats were all related to sea food - I believe that it's the little things that add to the whole experience.

The Menu

There is a wide choice on the main menu. From shellfish to grilled fillets of fish - there literally is something for everyone. There was also a children's menu, which is great if you are taking the kids, and also a non-fish dish section, so if someone you were with did not like fish, they can still go, which I thought was quite handy, especially if you were going out as a large party.

They also have a specials menu to pick from

There is also a comprehensive wine list. We do appreciate a good bottle of wine, and always enjoy sharing a bottle with a meal out. We picked the montepulciano d'abruzzo which was a lovely fruity red and cost about £18.

Warren also ordered a Peroni Red. Not many places in Liverpool serve this beer, and he really likes it so it was great that we could get it here.



Staff could not do enough to help, they were attentive without being overbearing and we were left to enjoy our meal.


The food was absolutely second to none. We thoroughly enjoyed it. It was obvious that the sea food was fresh and that the food had been made from scratch. 

I had the Salmone Affumicato to start, which was smoked salmon served with butter crostini, rocket salad & a wedge of lemon.

It was simply divine. The salmon was fresh and light, the rocket just peppery enough to compliment the salmon. The crostini were crunchy and light and complimented the dish perfectly.

Warren had the Gamberi E Calamari Grigliate which was grilled and marinated spicy king prawns and calamari, served on a bed of mixed leaves.

The crisp salad was the perfect accompaniment to the firm char-grilled calamari, which my husband said he could 'happily eat all day long.' The prawns were big, juicy, spicy and fresh. You can see for yourself how fabulous the presentation was.


I had the Tagliolini Ai Gamberi, which was fresh thin egg pasta with king prawns, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, parsley and fresh tomato. It was truly divine. The pasta was obviously made fresh, and the ripe juicy tomatoes were colourful, vibrant and tasty.

Warren had the Sauté Di Maurizio which was a large sauté of clams, mussels, cockles, fresh white fish, parsley and cherry tomatoes, served with toasted slices of ciabatta. Warren particularly enjoyed the mussels and clams and the sauce was that good that you simply would not believe that it was only olive oil, garlic, basil, parsley, tomatoes and a hint of chilli. The shell fish was fresh and tasty - needless to say there was no food left on the plates when we had finished.


Now I am not usually a dessert person, but I simply had to have some of what Warren was having. He ordered the Delizia Al Limone, which was lemon cheesecake, served with a strawberry ice cream. It was simply the best dessert I have ever tasted. I think the photographs speak for themselves here, I'll be honest.

I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant. We were there from 5pm until approximately 6.45pm, by which time it had started to get busy. We sat and drank our wine and just enjoyed the time there.If you are looking for fresh-cooked, quality food then this is the place to come. We will definitely be going back.

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The Italian Club Fish
128 Bold Street. Liverpool, L1 4JA
Tel: 0151 707 2110
Fax: 0151 703 6783

All views are my own. The Italian Club gave us a £50 voucher towards the cost of the food and drink. Our total bill came to approximately £80 including the beer, the bottle of wine and the 10% service charge. Worth every penny.

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