GIGS Fish and Chips restaurant, Fitzrovia, London W1T 4RE, 26 November 2020
I am back to GIGS, first time since 2017– I was young, enthusiastic. I cannot believe it has been 3 years since I visited this delightful place. In fact, we tried a few times during the lockdowns – it was either closed or opened limited hours.
Traditional fish and chips ranging form Cod to Kalamari rings £13.9- 14.50. According to my previous post from 2017, it was ranging £11.5 – 12.40. This is 17 – 21% price hike in the past 3 years. I am sure I saw worse than this. Mashy pea was £1.8 – now £2.00 – 10% up.
- Fish – 8/10, this was haddock. Absolutely nice and thick flesh was cooked through – but did not loose juiciness – you know, some overcooked fish could become dry. Crunchy and very simple batter – back to basic. Hot!
- Chips 8/10 Of course, great portion and freshly cooked steamy chips – what more can we ask on the cold night like this? Again, back to basic.
- Mashy pea – can you believe it, I forgot to order…. completely my error – but I was not prompted!
These days I am used to be served “seasoned” fish and chips, so I was a bit taken back by the notion of “season by yourself with salt, pepper, vinegar to your taste”. I get that this is the tradition of takeaway from chippies. However, it is also true, it is a chef’s responsibility and opportunity to showcase their palate to the audience.
Nevertheless, great honesty foods. Back to basic, you are fighter, you will survive. I must go back to sample mashy peas!