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To be honest the Tonnix failed to impress. Despite the funky art label and the “white wine for seafood” descriptive this white Douro lack a little something, especially on the mid palate. “Empty… a little hollow” and such statements were banded about. It wasn’t ‘that’ bad – perfectly acceptable and washed down the crisp batter on various dishes, but with ‘seafood’ it failed to impress.

Unlike the food. Apart from a lacklustre samphire special (a giant mound of crisply battered stalks, that tasted of little bar batter) each of the dishes at Mitch Tonk’s Rockfish outpost were excellent. It seems to do a disservice calling the place an up-market fish and chip shop, but really that is what it is. Being right on the harbour edge you’d be hard pressed to fail with each daily fresh catch.

You can’t visit the seaside and not eat Seafood!
Rockfish is a relaxed place to enjoy some great fish and shellfish. Quality and freshness are key to us. It is no accident that our restaurants are located close to the finest fish markets in the country, the mornings catches of prime fish and shellfish are on your plate that very same day. That’s why we say “tomorrow’s fish are still in the sea”. Our menu allows flexible dining, for those looking for just a plate of our award winning fish and chips with the family or those looking for a seafood feast!.

Tomorrow's fish is still in the Sea

Tomorrow’s fish are still in the Sea

While the Tonnix (£28), a blend of Codego do Lurinho, Ribigato and Viosinlia, was lacking, the remainder of the Rockfish wine menu is rather good. The Paolo Sacchetto Preludio Chardonnay (£22) was indeed a classic Italian Chardonnay with just the right balance of weight, minerality and pear flavours to match both a giant bucket of mixed shellfish (£19.95 oysters, crab, cockle and prawns) and my perfectly seared chargrilled yellowfin tuna steak (£14.50).

I’ve almost forgotten the starters! Crisp white bait with tartare sauce (£5.25) and a generous portion of local calamari (£7.50) both came encased in the signature batter – washed down perfectly with a glass of Niño Franco Prosecco (£4.95 glass/£28 bottle). Bubbles and batter certainly seem to complement each other (hence a frequently seen recommendation for champagne with fish and chips).

Mitch Tonk wasn’t in on our visit (holidaying in Spain apparently) but his recipe books were in evidence.

I enjoyed Rockfish immensely. Totally informal, family-friendly and relaxed with welcoming staff with fresh, sustainable fish and seafood and a good, short wine list. Shame the seating is rather low compared to the height of the windows; if you want to look out at the boat activity in the marina you are out of luck.

Incidentally the talented Mr Tonk is also the menu advisor on the First Great Western Pullman service that runs from Penzance, through Plymouth and on to London.

Photo Gallery: Rockfish Restaurant Plymouth

Rockfish Restaurant Plymouth
Sutton Harbour, 3 Rope Walk, Plymouth PL4 0LB


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  2. OMG that shot of the crab claw…. Well, let’s say it passes muster ;o) And I’m a sucker for a barely-cooked tuna steak…

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