I was very excited to check out Fisherman’s Table which is the new sister restaurant of Butcher’s Market. Both are located within walking distance of each other in Itaim Bibi. Butcher’s Marker offers great burgers in a very cool venue, so I expected a similar level of quality at the seafood oriented Fisherman’s Table. Simply put I was very disappointed.
Four of us decided to go to dinner Fisherman’s Table on Saturday evening and were greeted with a venue with a similar rustic wood toned and metal environment like Butcher’s Market. There was a nice terrace out front and a very cool bar room as well. Although the restaurant had a similar décor as its sister restaurant, it really did not have the same feel. The lighting at Fisherman’s Table was a lot darker and was to the point where I saw other customers needing to use the light from their phones to read the menus.
The menu itself looked interesting with a wide array of seafood starters, sushi and sashimi plates and seafood & meat main courses. The four of us ordered a little of everything. Two of my friends went for the steak, while my girlfriend and I shared the fried calamari, sushi and sashimi plates as well as a hot roll.
All of the dishes were beautifully presented, but as a group we were only happy with 1 of the 5 dishes that we ordered. The steaks that my friends ordered looked beautiful and arrived with a grilled shrimp on top. It was cooked with the shells on, but they found it a bit annoying that such a beautiful dish would require them to go through the process of shelling the shrimp, ultimately making a mess of the entire presentation. In addition, one of my friends ordered the steak Medium, while the other ordered it Well Done. Both ended up coming out Medium, so they had to return one of the steaks to be cooked further.
The fried calamari that my girlfriend and I shared was ok, but not great. They were more like popcorn bites of calamari and half the time I could not even tell if there was actually calamari in the fried bites or if it was just fried batter I was biting into. We all agreed that the accompanying dip was very good.
The sushi plate was the only great dish of the evening. It was roughly R$ 35 for 12 pieces of salmon, tuna, shrimp and spicy tuna. The presentation was unique and beautiful. All of the fishes were fresh and tasted wonderful. The sashimi plate and hot roll on the other hand were just average. The tuna and salmon were great, but the white fish was super questionable. I ended up having to swallow a couple pieces whole, because of how tough they were. Not a great experience.
Overall we all agreed that we would not come back here again. The food was average at best and although the venue was nice, it really did not fit the cuisine. The rustic environment works at Butcher’s Market because they serve hearty foods. The dishes at Fisherman’s Table were too pretty and refined for this type of environment. We agreed that the restaurant should have served more rustic seafood dishes i.e. Chowders, Stews, Grill Seafood, etc, which would be more befitting of the environment.
Taste: 2 out of 5 Stars
Presentation: 4 out of 5 Stars
Service: 4 out of 5 Stars
Ambiance: 3 out of 5 Stars
Price: R$ 270 ($119 USD) for 4 people (1 starter, 1 sushi plate, 1 sashimi plate, 1 hot roll, 2 steaks, 5 beers)