Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Fish and Chip Shop (Islington Upper Street) - the chippie has gone upmarket

It's all in the name

Address: 189 Upper Street,
London N1 1RQ
Phone: 020 7704 2074
Nearest Tube station:
Highbury & Islington

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £20
Service charge: 12.5%
Taste: ***
Service: ****
Ambience: ****
TT went to check out the new local chippie.

Well the title says it all doesn't it? I heard of a new chippie which opened down the road from Seafish. Being one who cannot pass up on any excuse to have fish and chips I went to check it out at the earliest possible opportunity.

I went for lunch one Saturday afternoon and it was buzzing. The Fish and Chip Shop is run by alumni from J. Sheekey and Caprice (more on this can be found on their website if you are interested in this sort of thing) and their experience shows in the tasteful way in which the restaurant is done up. The tables are placed quite close to one another do if a quiet meal is your thing this might not be the best place to go.

If you like choice the menu would not disappoint. You can find fish cooked in all manners here - battered, breaded, grilled and even served in a curry or a pie. They have lobster and oysters too and for those who somehow wander into the shop and yet decide against fish, they do hot salt beef and chicken pie as well.

Battered haddock - chips sold seperately

We had the battered haddock and the Cornish fish bites. The haddock was fresh and went very well with the batter which yielded a satisfying crunch. Chips have to be seperately ordered. You get a fistful of chips for £2.50 but they are really tasty so I guess they are well worth the money.

Fish bites

Cornish bites are simply breaded fish pieces, a posh take on fish fingers. This did not go down as well as the haddock. The fish tasted rather flat and made me wish I had ordered a battered fish instead. We did not order oysters this time but kept wishing we had when we saw the beauties served up on the neighbouring table.

To top it all, service was charming and attentive. Visiting friends have always asked me for recommendations for a good chippie and I think I now finally can point them to one.

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