A seafood vendor specializing in the Italian dish of fried calamari and prawns has opened in Boxpark Croydon.
Fish Lab, which began welcoming customers on Wednesday, aims to create the best version of the dish, known in Italy as fritto misto,
Another specialty on its menu is seafood spaghetti, a simple but “tasty” dish that Fish Lab prepares with clams, garlic and parsley sauce.
You can also get fish and chips, cooked to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s recipe with homemade tartar sauce.
Or maybe a seafood wrap with cod, prawns and calamari served with lime mayonnaise will appeal to you.
You can choose a fish platter to share, which includes fried calamari, anchovy fillets, lobster bites and grilled prawns topped with fresh lemon and tartar sauce.
Fish Lab is owned by three Italians, Andrea Cicero, chef Lorenzo Gennari and Alessandro Pucci. All three have a shop in the Mercato Metropolitano street food market near Elephant and Castle.
They source quality fish and use seasonal local ingredients, as well as sustainable organic vegetables and seafood.
Andrea discovered Boxpark, which is opposite East Croydon station, while visiting Croydon and decided that was where he would like to open a retail outlet.
“I fell in love with Boxpark as soon as I saw it,” he explained.
“I saw a lot of people having fun and it was just nice.”
Although there are few seats inside Fish Lab, which occupies a single unit in the food and beverage mall created from shipping containers, Andrea thinks it’s nice for customers to go out and eat at the long communal tables in the center of Boxpark.
Andrea said: “We try to be as generous as possible and share our passion for good food.”
The three were excited to open at Boxpark and as they prepared their unit, customers were already showing interest.
“They are very excited. Sometimes I had to close the door,” he laughed.
“We’re not just fish and chips – we’re something else, we’re something different.”
Fish Lab is the latest restaurant to open at Boxpark in 2018.
Chicago Rib Shack, a rib and burger restaurant, opened in March.
Ibiza’s Skinny Kitchen cafe is also set to move into Boxpark soon and although it originally planned to open in April, it now hopes to start welcoming diners in the second week of May.
In January, dessert and coffee parlor Sweetbean began serving real Italian ice cream, freakshakes, waffles and puddings to Boxpark customers.
And the owners of French-inspired restaurant Fixed, which had an outlet in Boxpark, opened pasta restaurant Pasta Di Rocca in its place in February.