Monday, 13 July 2009

The Fryer's Delight review - delightful little chippy at Holborn

The+Fryers+Delight+review+London+Theobald+StreetLong before the Turkish kebabs, Lebanese Fried Chicken, Indian Curries and Chinese takeway invade London's streets, shops pedding Fish and Chips used to dominate and fill up the gap that McDonald and Burger King somehow missed.

I try to avoid the kebabs as they are usually a messy affair. Fried Chicken from the Middle East could do with more crispiness. Curries are fine but layer of glistering oil covering the bits of lamb does not exactly promote longevity. As for Chinese food, well, I can pretty well prepare them myself, at least the simple dishes.

Though Fish and Chips shops are on the decline with the changing demography in London, the simple fare does occupy a special place in Londoners' heart. Unfortunately, the standard over at Rock and Sole Plaice along Shorts Gardens has declined quite a bit since I first visited it two years back. At £11 per serving, its Cod has somewhat shrunk in size.

While trekking back home from Holborn last weekend, Wife and I came across The Fryer's Delight along Theobalds Road and decided to give it a try. The Fryer's Delight looked like any other Fish n Chips joint, only larger with the counter dominating half of the floor area and seating enough for around 20 customers. And like any other Fish n Chips joint, it could do with a more efficient ventilator.

What set The Fryer's Delight apart from the competition was its service and the freshness of its cod. The ever smiling waitress was all over the place without skipping a beat while we were there. The Fillet of Cod n Chips (£7) was one of the fresher ones that I have tasted of comparable price. Cut into the cod and you could literally see the flakes sliced away cleanly.


We ordered a Steak and Kidney Pie with Chips (£4.30) as well. Though the pie looks suspiciously like one of those on Iceland's shelves going for £1 each, the aromo of the beef fillings was thick and the pie crust relatively thin.


Even though The Fryer's Delight is far from the tourists' route, it did seem to have its own regular clientile; the five tables were occupied with customers coming in throughout the time we were there. If you happen to be in the area and do not happen to fancy another kebab, consider giving it a try.

Address: 19 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8SL
Tel: 0871 4263798
Nearest Tube station: Holborn

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £10 pp
Service charge: N/A
Taste: ***
Service: ***
Ambience: *
Suitable for: a sudden craving for fish and chip... and you happen to be in the neighbourhood.

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