Fishing lab as its name implies is a seafood restaurant with a simple and exciting menu. The Florence location is at the Palazzo known to overlook the Piazza della Signoria with its copy of Michelangelo’s David statue.
I went for a late lunch with a friend, Bruna (@afroclubb), and we enjoyed the ‘three for you’ menu that highlights ‘Raw Fish’, their ‘Special Cooking’ method and ‘Street Food’.
From the Raw Fish menu, I and Bruna shared a platter of fresh oysters, tiger shrimp and red shrimps. We savored the fresh taste of the oysters with a hint of lemon, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. Cost: €5.80
The meals made with Special Cooking methods were of a variety of authentic and unusually tasty dishes. I opted for the Cod with Creamy Chickpeas and Rosemary while Bruna selected the Seafood Risotto. We ate from each others plate and concluded they were both equally delicious. Cost for both meals: €24.00
Fries, Chips and Burgers definitely comes to mind when I think of Street foods. The meals on this menu were fully street cheek and very tasty. The vegetarian burger which I had, was flavorful altogether with the avocado and cream. The chips were just how I like mine, crispy outside and fluffy inside. Bruna was also very pleased with her choice of deep-fried octopus wrapped in brown bread and served with salted crisps. Although I enjoyed my burger, I must say I was slightly jealous of Bruna’s octopus. Cost for both meals: €19.00
All this was accompanied with some sparkling water. Bruna and I decided not to have any drinks because we had plans for the night. We also didn’t get any dessert, we were full after having these three set of meals.
Fishing lab provides options of ‘half course’ or ‘full course’ and the meals we ordered were half courses.
Aside from the food, the restaurant has a simple and exquisite setting. We were so engrossed in our meals, that we forgot to capture our surrounding.
The staffs were polite and greeted us as we walked in. Tables were readily available for us and the service was on time, although they might have been in too much of a haste to serve. Both our second and third course were served at the same time, which meant one meal was getting cold whilst we ate the other.
As I mentioned earlier, we were there for a late lunch. So they were ending their lunch service and preparing for dinner.
Overall, I would say it was a pleasant experience. I hope to visit there again and I look forward to trying their desert menu. I would recommend you to visit and do try the fried octopus.