Yo! Thought I will be famous but NOT ! after all. My interview by New York based food and wine web magazine took place. He promised me to promote me, but this was not happened, I was not cited on his article. Oh well, it was an experience, nevertheless, I still have hope… one day, one day, I will get there.
Anyway, sunny summer evening in London, having great pint at The Marquis of Westminster.
High expectation to the Fish and Chips after being served a great beer and lots of people are enjoying food and drink. Simple and easy menu reads “Fish &Chips, A classic fresh haddock in beer batter, triple cooked chips, garden peas & tartare sauce £13.50”, nice one! Good pricing for the location – let’s ignore the fact that only a year or two ago, I was angry with this sort of price. Got used to the Brexit related inflation.
1. : Fish : 5/10 – Far too greasy, In the end, I had to take them out. Fish – unable to recall due to grease overpowered by the batter.
2. Chips 5/10 – Nice, well seasoned. But, the big but, I wish there were more of it, I was given 8 chips. I counted.
3. Garden peas 2/10 – literally garden peas straight from frozen, just like you and me can have at home, but only 1 teaspoonful. Stingy portion with no twist.
I would be happy if this was served at a campsite, but no, not in the London pub. For that reason, I won’t be eating here again. Good night!
Yo! I am famous! I was approached by the food and wine web magazine based in New York for exclusive interview about Fish and Chips. We had a Skype interview, I was all prepared, my hair, and “I NY” T shirt on me. Disappointingly, he did not seem bothered about it at all, did not turn the camera on. Even though I repeatedly promote myself with “special T shirt for him”. Anyway, let’s wait what he has to say on his article.
Celebrating long summer evening at White Lion, Stroud Green, near Finsbury park with Fish and chips, with DISCOUNT, cannot complain!
Beer battered haddock, triple cooked chips, mushy peas, tartare sauce, would be £13 otherwise, so I am happy.
Look this batter… reminds me following, these are called “American Dog” in Japan, cheap sausage cooked in thick batter, widely available at festivals stalls.
This is why I had some reservation even before the first bite.
- Fish 6/10, ah, as the expectation, the batter was far too thick, Fish was fresh and nicely cooked but without skin, definitely lacking in flavour. Already sprinkled some flakes of salt and pepper were nice touch, not too much nor too little.
- Chips 6/10 triple cooked fat chips, hot, crunchy, must be home made! then today, I was queuing at the Aldi supermarket till, and saw the lady in front of my buying frozen chunky chips which looked like exactly the chips I had in here…. so I am not sure now.
- Mushy peas 3/10 completely mediocre, straight from tin.
Big disappointment on the presentation, Tartare sauce and mushy peas should be served separately. Towards the end, all my chips were soaked in tartare sauce. All became too mushy like baby foods, Yak!
Though with well served beer and over 20% discount on Fish and chips meant I might, might be back!
Good evening, refreshing spring evening, we jumped into The Fellow, Kings Cross at 9:55pm, thirsty, hungry and desperate. We then told the kitchen will be closed dead on 10pm, absolutely no flexibility. By then, it was 9:56pm. 4 MINUTES LEFT TO ORDER. Of course, Fish and chips without seeing the menu, even before order the pint. Made it, before 10pm!
Then, I studied the menu (food already ordered), Young’s beer-battered cod, triple-cooked chips, mushy peas, pickled onion, chili vinegar 15.5….! 15.5! Shocking.
Also, reading menu was such a hard work, these wordy description of fish and chips in tiny old fashioned typeface in the very dark pub, is this to disguise the unreasonable pricing?
- Fish 7/10 : It was so dark, very difficult to see the foods. I knew batter felt really hard, only now I know from the above photo that it was overcooked. Fish was fresh but yes, slightly overcooked so dry. But good position size.
- Chips 10/10 : Totally impressive. Chunky chips are definitely cooked from scratch, so hot and mouth watering, very satisfactory carbohydrate loading! Skin on, vitamin C well preserved!
- Mushy peas 9/10 : Delicious, minty, buttery and a lot of it! Love them! This is a very good example of how to make healthy vegetables into calorific unhealthy side dish.
Overall good food, shame it was expensive and too dark to see them. With the mediocre served beer, I don’t think I will be back, but thank you for not turn down the last minutes order!!!
YOYOYO! Thursdays are the new Fish and Chips days, here we are at The Old Dairy, Crouch Hill.
Fish & Chips, beer battered haddock, pea puree, tartare sauce £14.00. We are witnessing a steady inflation busting price rise in the fish and chips world. In this rate, we will be paying £25 for a fish and chips within 2 years in the post Brexit Britain.
- Fish 8/10. I like it! This thick flesh was literally chunky, perfectly cooked, juicy, but not watery. This fresh quality fish with tasty skin was coated with the thin batter which perfectly added crunchy texture to the ever so slightly rawish fish (but cooked through – this is why juiciness was well preserved). Batter was simple without any funny twists. Yes, when foods are cooked properly, you do not need any funny twists (such as added herbs, etc).
- Chips 8/10. Delicious. Crunchy outside and fluffy inside. Lots of proper potato earthy flavour. I don’t believe they was pre-seasoned. However, I did not need to add any salt/pepper.
- Pea puree 8/10. I would not call “puree” for this texture, it was more like mashed. Nevertheless, fresh green colour was appealing on generally brown dish of the Fish and Chips, slight hint of butter was pleasant.
My peer was describing the tartare ‘zingy’. She was convinced this was special recipe. Great observation.
Munching mouthful of fish and chips provided us a slightly (not too much) greasy feel inside of the mouth as it would, which was easily refreshed with a mouthful of cold beer. HEAVEN!
Overall impressive 8/10, a good example of simple food executed very well. We will surely be back! Good night!
YOYOYO! I am back! Confession…. I was having a bit of break from Fish and Chips. If I am honest, I was a bit bored of Fish and Chips. I know many people eat Fish and Chips every Friday….But I can assure you I still have a sufficient palate to be the Fish and Chips critic.
Here we were on Thursday night at Finsbury Park, North London, had a hard exercise of tenpin bowling at the cool Rowans bowling. After the session, there are plenty of choices for food and drink but we arrived at The World’s End.
- Fish 4/10, We ordered 4 x Fish and chips and we were told only 2 left, so it must be a fresh fish. When fish is very fresh, usually the flesh should feel much firmer, which I did not feel. In fact, it was soft and watery, but different from under/over cooked, not a good texture. I had to attribute to sub optimal quality. Skin was removed, very little flavour.
- Chips 4/10. They were touched by some “flavoured salt”, One of my peer has more than average knowledge of these thing, two of us thought long and hard but did not know what it was….some sort of curryish flavour too…. I felt this was too much of a deviation and totally unnecessary.
- Mushy pea 8/10 This was probably the star of the dish. Hint of butter and mint but strong pea taste. Wanted more of them!!!
The worst experience was that as I was eating, slightly greasy oil from batter started soaking into the paper. Then paper started to break down, I had to be so careful not to eat broken paper which could stick to my food!!! YAK!!!
Overall very disappointing 3/10, my Amstel beer was felt flat too….
I won’t be back! Good night!
I used to get shocked by the price, for example, I felt almost unforgivable paying £13.00 back in 2014. Since then, so much happening (including Brexit related inflation), I am not surprised by £13.50 anymore.
- Fish 8/10, batter well integrated with thick and juicy fish, salt flakes absolutely unnecessary.
- Chips 8/10 Lovely, definitely handout! steamy hot, crunchy outside, fluffy inside. Could do a few more of those
- Pea 6/10 this is not pea puree, puree should be smooth without bits, taste ok but discrepancy with the menu.
Great job again, for the consistency overall impressive 8/10. I will be back. Good night!
Hello! What a lovely evening, we did not have spring but we are having amazing early summer here in Crouch End. Visiting the Matthew’s Kitchen Seafood Restaurant with my peer’s strong recommendation.
Bargain! £12.95 for 2 courses of proper food. I pick “Fish & Shellfish soup, drizzled olive oil, croutons” for the starter, and for the main, of course “Beer-battered haddock, hand-cut chips, garden peas, tartare sauce”.
- Fish 7/10. Fresh fish cooked well but ever so slightly overcooked therefore dry. Batter was very yellow, not sure where this colour came from. But not greasy at all, crunch and hot! Great texture.
- Chips 9/10 Great chips, definitely hand cut. Nice and short, good mouthful size
- Pea 5/10 Nothing wrong, but garden peas.
Overall (including starter) great food 7/10, I was also checking what others were eating, all looks well impressive. I cannot wait to come back. I will eat every single one of items on this set menu. Now even think about it, I just want to be there! Thank you Matthew!!!! (did not meet him this time).
Here, my little seafood odyssey. I am not all but fish and chips. I am deviating my journey. Following are the little tasters. Firstly, Cocorico.
Cocorico, Whetstone, London, N20 9HJ, 5 May 2018
I must say it is a good price for fresh clams. And it was a lot of them (though smaller side) !!! However, shamefully, the sauce was far too much olive oil and far too much salt. So much so, I woke up 3 times during the night to grab a glass of water. Not a good outcome!!! 5/10.
Ciao Bella, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 3LZ, 12 May 2018
Great portion sizes, yes definitely half lobster here. However, big however, when you turned the lobster around it is completely empty. Yes, there were a few pieces of lobster meat in the spaghetti but I cannot feel but cheated. Lots of fresh tomatoes, great sauce with lots of fishy stock flavour. Not too salty which often the disappointment. £20 for this is simply too expensive. 7/10.
Good evening! I reflected recently that I don’t eat fish and chips often enough, but hey, I had one again at The Blackfriar, opposite of Blackfriars station.
My standard fish and chips, cod fillet hand-battered in Nicholson’s Pale Ale and served with chips, samphire tartare sauce an mushy peas are £13.25, not cheap, but what caught my eyes is the “Ocean Fish and Chips £15.50!!!!! Which apparently contains mixture of cod fillets and breaded whole tail Whitby Scampi.
This brought back my memory back in November 2014 in The Red Lion in Hythe, Kent. I was served Fish & Chips Platter £13.50, which contained cod, scampi and fish cake, piled on the plate, was not impressive. Love my fish and chips diary, enable for me to look back experience precisely.
So, of course, I reflect on my experience, went for simple fish and chips.
1. Fish 3/10. Too greasy, I suspect it was cooked in lowish temperature and oil was not drained properly before serving, hence oil smell on arrival. Furthermore, far too thick batter soaked all oil. Quite frankly I could not eat them. Fish itself was nice and fresh but skin was off. As I have to scrape flesh from thick oily batter, there was no enjoyment of mix texture of crunchy batter and flavour of hot juicy fish.
2. Chips 6/10. Well cooked, but standard frozen pub chips.
3. Mushy peas 4/10 Again standard, straight from the tin, no fuss whatsoever.
A disappointing £13.50, I will not eat in here again.
Hello! I am breaking the silence, I am alive and well!!!
Confession 1: I have not had a fish and chips for nearly 4 months.
Hey, but I am here tonight at The Duke of Sussex, near Waterloo station, cheering our favourite night (i.e., Friday night) with mis amigas! Nothing has changed.
Confession 2: Too excited, too busy chatting and (possibly) a pint too much beer, all I can remember is that it was NICE!!!!
But I remember, we were asked by the staff “are you tourists?”. ………Thought I am more Londoner than Londoners…… ok, I get it, I must work harder on this.
Hey, this is 2018, new year (only March!), new me. It is time to spread my deep knowledge, critical and analytical views into larger seafoods world, I am going to be seafood critic as well as fish and chips critic. For example;
Things like this. Please note, this is not a deviation from Fish and Chips critic, but broaden my horizon!
Festive season officially begins! Good evening from The Perseverance, Bloomsbury near Holborn and Russell Square. We are celebrating the start of festive season in style, with the proud national cuisine, Fish and Chips.
Bloomsbury IPA battered cod, chips, tartar sauce £13. This is normal price for the central London, yes, I accept. I don’t have to take time to decide what to have but others are wondering what to have from their simple but all pub essentials contained menu.
I just heard one of my peer decisively said “I am going to have fish and chips, I am on diet, it has to be fish, isn’t it!!!” oh, ok….. you are on diet….
Some said the paper is on the plate is a bit naff, but majority agreed it is serving a purpose of removing excess oil. I have seen this before and indeed, it fulfilled its purpose.
- Fish 7/10 . The fish was very fresh, no doubt. I was on about fish skin then one of my peers questioning if ever, served without skin. I agree, it should not be but I have seen without, which is absolute NO NO. Anyway, it was ever so slightly overcooked (shame as fish was fresh) which takes edge of juiciness away. Also ever so slightly greasy on batter, the paper on the plate was not doing anything! Also no sign of “IPA battered” in terms of flavour.
2. Chips 8/10. Hot heart warming chips, I have a good feeling this is hand cut chips. Hot, well cooked, simple chips.
3. Mashy Peas 4/10. Straight from the tin. No wonder it was not mentioned on the menu. Shame as you can do a lot with mashy peas especially you are charging £13 for the whole dish. You do need to go an extra mile to add a value to the dish.
Overall respectable 7/10, my stomach was once again, warm and filled with joy. In this cold, dump and dark winter, fish and chips is a true shining star, boding friends together.
Nothing compare to a cold pint of beer to cheer up dark evenings, we are here at The Highbury Barn, N5 2AB, very short and pleasant walk from hustling and bustling Highbury corner.
Beer battered haddock, hand cut chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce £13.50, high end price at a quiet, village feel pub. Brexit inflation +/- location (zone 2, may be a bit stretch to justify)? But what is cheap? Nothing is cheap any more.
Big smile on my face, steamy Fish and chips arrived just in a good time (from the order to the table), Gigantic fish, this is what I like!
Three of us having Fish and chips, all equally look good, not one is bigger than other, not one looks over cooked/under cooked in the first sight, fantastic consistency.
- Fish 8/10 Delicious, juicy flesh and flavour of fresh fish c0ming from skin (tasty!) and flesh. Absolutely mouth watering. Ever so slightly under done and batter a bit too heavy for my liking and ever so slightly soggy side.
- Chips 7/10 Already slightly salted which is such a nice touch (I successfully stopped my peer to sprinkle salt before she tasted). Perfectly salted therefore brought sweetness of potatoes. Could be a bit cruncher outside, but inside was nice and fluffy. I am questioning though, are they handout?? Looked too uniformy.
- Peas – too busy chatting could not recall
Overall impressive 7/10. It was cold and dark evening, but my stomach felt warm and it made me really happy. Conversation fIew, chatting about fish and chips. I have not had a fish and chips for 8 weeks. This fish and chips reaffirm my passion and love to Fish and chips, throughly enjoyed the experience.
Love fish and chips!!!! Good night!!!!
Hello hello hello! I am doing well this month, my fish and chips No. 3 tonight at Gigs fish and chips restaurant, Fitzrovia, London. The restaurant front states “Fitzrovia’s famous” but I don’t usually take notice of these kind of self declare greatness.
I like the pricing too, ranging from £11.50 – £12.40 plus recommends a side of mushy peas for £1.80. Also it proudly states fish delivered daily. I first asked for haddock, which was sold out, therefore went for Cod, with a side of mushy peas (repeat : extra £1.80), of course.
OMG, smells so good in the whole, small but clean, neat restaurant area. Just cannot wait!!!
- Fish 9/10 Delicious!!!! I am not sure what this batter is but it is evident that this fish was cooked in clean, fresh oil. Fish was certainly fresh, beautiful white flesh was perfectly cook through but not slightest overcooked. Batter was not too thick or thin, attached softly on this beautiful fish flesh, crunchy texture at outside. Taste of batter itself does not stand out which is important as this delicate white fish flavour would be overwritten.
- Chips 9/10 Delicious!!!! Even more evident that these chips was cooked in clean oil, almost taste aromatic. I actually asked the waiter, who proudly told me all cooked in ground nut oil (I later found this in written in the menu). These chips were so delicious, I ate one by one, slowly chewing, enjoyed every bit of it. BTW, I always think chips taste better if you eat with fingers. No matter how posh the circumstances, I must eat chips with my fingers. Honestly, try!
- Mushy peas 1/10 Total disappointment for extra £1.80, just from the tins, why don’t you give us for free as a garnish instead of making fuss (probably only need 1/5 of this portion size)?
Overall though impressive 9/10, wow, so good. Now even writing this make my mouth watering. I cannot wait to go back!!! I go there now!!!!
Thank you Gigs!!!
Good evening. I told you my journey continues. I can have 2 fish and chips a day. Here I am at the Crown & Anchor, Euston , celebrating start of weekend.
Fish & Chips – line-caught cod, ale-battered, served with triple-cooked chips, must peas & tartare sauce £12.95. Over twice of what I paid at lunch time today.
- Fish 1/10 : As soon as I saw the dark batter, I knew this was over cooked and it was. Furthermore, batter was so thick and hard, I have to work hard to cut in pieces on this small chopping board, make sure grease not to jump on my dress. In fact, batter was so thick, fish pieces must be so thin. But it was too greasy, I could not finish it. Of course, no adding benefit from grilled lemon.
- Chips 3/10 : I am not sure if this is triple cooked. Not crunchy, but mushy texture without any flavour. Must been frozen chips.
- Mushy peas 1/10: Same tin stuff from lunch time but unlike our NHS, stingy portion.
Even though I could not finish this dish, at the end of the meal around my mouth was shining with grease…..
I am so disappointed. I was really looking forward to compare/contrast 2 x fish and chips I ate in a day. This is really bad food, I don’t know how they could charge £12.95, I just ate something very similar (if not, better, it was not greasy!!!) for less than 1/2 price!
I won’t be back!
My journey definitely continues….
Good afternoon (!), a bit change from my usual Fish and Chips scenery (and time, this is lunch time!), the report from Foodhouse restaurant, The Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, the rare insight from NHS institution. I have previously reported from A NHS hospital too. It is all of our interest to find out what is our most beloved institution is doing in terms of Fish and chips.
Battered/breaded (have choices!) and chips, £4.53 for staff £5.25 for visitor.
- Fish 2/10 : Sorry for harsh marking!!! But batter was hard, dry but nothing crispy about and far too thick. Inside of this thick batter, here it is a very dry, tasteless white fish without skin. Without doubt, this is (likely including batter) a frozen food action.
- Chips 3/10 : At the time it felt better than 3/10 because fish was so bad. But, I recall again, very dry texture, less than average
- Mushy peas 3/10 : at first bite, I could tell this is straight from the tin. I could taste metal. Portion far to big!!!
I can remember all food texture mixed in my mouth with dry, mushy and plain with minimum flavour with hint of metal tin.
However, a big however, over all score is generous 6/10, this is after all what they did best in our beloved institution with limited resources. It was hot, good hygiene standard (saw proud hygiene 5 sticker) and cheap!
Interesting debate was regarding mushy peas, while I was describing “metal taste”, one of my peer from Newcastle reported this is what she knows and this is how it should be. When I started mentioning “hint of mint, batter, blah blah blah….” her face actually blanked!!!!
Yes of course, Critics is only a SUBJECTIVE opinion, I am back to my basic, my journey continues!