True Brit style fish and chips. With the owner having lived in Leicester, England, for a good 10 years, here you get your freshly fried and crispy fish and chips served in a paper boat, accompanied by salt and malt vinegar. This traditional take comes with a side of the most British of inventions – mushy peas (as mushy as they can be, for an extra $10). $42 for small, $60 for large. 9 King Man St, Sai Kung, 9761 5091; facebook.com/chip.in.fish.n.chips.
Jimmy’s was, once-upon-a-time, the only restaurant in Hong Kong serving up Western cuisine. It’s been cooking homely British classics since 1928 – so it’s had plenty of time to perfect its fish and chips. Fresh garoupa fillets are lightly battered and fried until golden, and the chips – ‘fries’ to some of you – on the side are delightfully crunchy and well-seasoned. Combine it all with tartar sauce and half a lemon for extra juicy tanginess. $188. Various locations inc Shop C&C1, G/F, Kowloon Ctr, 29 Ashley Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2376 5293;jimmys.com.
You know the beer-batter is going to be excellent when a Belgian brew is used. The Stella Artois beer-battered fish at Liberty Exchange are fried in smaller portions to prevent them from flaking. The chips are cut thick, with the dish served alongside an appetising paprika tartar sauce, malt pickles and fresh lemon to add tarty freshness to all the golden-fried goodness. $188. 2 Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Pl, Central, 2810 8408; lex.hk.
Be transported to a British seaside gastropub (but with, let’s face it, a better view). The battered sole fillets at the Pickled Pelican are fried whole and covered with piquant fries to the brink. The fish remain crispy even when lathered with tartar sauce and malt vinegar, providing enough excitement for a party in your mouth with the contrasting textures, alternating between salty and sour. $148. 90 Stanley Main St, Stanley, 2813 4313; cafedecogroup.com.
Opened by two Aussie guys, here you can get a Down Under spin on the classic fish and chips. Your choice of swimmers include barramundi ($135), cod ($120) or red snapper ($130), which can be beer-battered or grilled for a healthier choice. All are served with either chips, salad or brown rice, with an array of sauces to choose from, like the traditional tartar, sweet chilli, garlic aioli, soy-ginger or wasabi mayo. 23 Mosque St, Mid-Levels, 2790 7211;seasalt.com.hk.
This is the sort of fish and chips you’d get in an upmarket London pub. The Pawn does this classic dish (pictured above) to perfection, using huge chunks of fish, which are crispy on the outside and succulently tender on the inside – especially when dipped in the accompanying tartar sauce. It’s all expertly done – but, frankly, the chips do steal the show. Perfect sizes, perfectly crunchy. Tuck in and then sit back and think of England... $55. 62 Johnston Rd, Wan Chai, 2866 3444; thepawn.com.hk.