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Fish & Chips by Des McDonald – City

Just because we’re not by the seaside, doesn’t mean that us Londoners can’t get our hands on the Great British Fish & Chip Supper!

East Londoner, Des McDonald (ex Ivy & The Ritz) brings us just this with his modern take on fish & seafood, located just a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street station.

First impressions count and we love the layout; the bar in the middle is gorgeous, the booths are intimate and the big wooden tables would be great for groups.

However for the true seaside experience you’ll want to eat al fresco – these guys have just launched the terrace for when the sun shines.

As you would expect, the traditional battered cod & chips is big business here but we couldn’t help ordering some of the more unusual dishes on the menu.

Fish & Chips by Des McDonald

We kicked off the evening with three starters (we just couldn’t decide!) Crab and Avocado on toast was just that and perhaps better suited to the breakfast menu as opposed to a starter – but, like most of London at the moment, I’m obsessed with the green stuff and welcome every opportunity to slather it on toast & stuff it in my face.

Fish & Chips by Des McDonald

These guys are known for their “London Particular Fritters” – which can only be described as mushy peas and ham served in a croquette with a punchy mustard dipping sauce. However, the ceviche was the star of the starters, presented carpaccio style.

Fish & Chips by Des McDonald

Monkfish Vindaloo was great – packing a nice heat it didn’t blow your head off which allowed the meaty monkfish to shine. It came with all the accompaniments you’d want! Naan, rice, pickles, you got it!

Fish & Chips by Des McDonald

I was craving something slightly healthier so opted for the Paper Bass with Tomatoes & Lemon. Presented all wrapped up in paper and held together with a peg, my fish was on a bed of new potatoes, sundried tomatoes and had an underlying aniseed taste to it. A great option if you want to avoid the batter!

But of course, we couldn’t come to Fish and Chips without ordering CHIPS. Here they are served with shavings of truffle – if anything exemplifies the modern fish and chip shop – it’s gotta be this right here!

Desserts are hearty & perfectly in keeping with the Great British theme – expect classics such as Apple Crumble & Bakewell Tart – that’s if you can find the room of course.


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