Golden Union Fish Bar
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Time Out says
Thu Jul 12 2012
For a fish and chip shop just off Oxford Street, on a Friday night, Golden Union seemed surprisingly devoid of tourists in search of some classic British food. The sit-down area was full, though, and it’s clear why: a laid-back atmosphere and accomplished deep-frying. Those who choose the takeaway option miss out on the place’s well-pitched and unpretentious retro decor of tiled walls, plastic table-tops and tomato-shaped ketchup dispensers, as well as friendly service from fleet-footed waitresses.
Freshly fried batter was wonderfully crisp and the fish inside tender and flaky. Chips were less impressive: not too greasy, but unexceptional. Other traditional standards are offered (sausages, pies and so on), but on our visit sticking to the battered options was more rewarding – the fish cake was a bit dry. The menu states that, where possible, fish is sustainably sourced, and pollock and coley are available alongside omnipresent cod and haddock.
Golden Union Fish Bar 38 Poland Street