Two Brothers seems to fluctuate between very good and tremendous – the sort of inconsistency we don’t mind. It’s a comfortable spot with New England-inspired decor that, although showing some signs of wear, looks classy compared to many chippies. Attitude, rather than toys or gimmicks, makes the place extremely child-friendly and even the elderly patrons seem keen to welcome little ones.
Adults are kept happy with gargantuan portions and a wine list that’s a cut above most competitors (we were very pleased with a Spanish white on discount). A blackboard lists a few specials. There are plenty of starters, including a signature dish of Tony’s arbroath smokies in creamy tomato sauce, along with sautéed sardines, marinated herrings and rock oysters. Anyone not opting for fried fish might try steamed salmon hollandaise, or sirloin steak.
Our grilled plaice was superb, and came with lots of succulent fat chips. Battered haddock (matzo is also available) and goujons of cod (for the child) were great too and, as expected, left no room for dessert. Worth noting: the restaurant is now open on Sundays.