Basic chip-shop batter is off the menu at Nautilus – everything is coated in matzo meal, fried in matzo meal and egg, or grilled. No worries, because this no-frills outfit is renowned for the sheer quality and freshness of its output. Servings are generous, with fish overlapping the plate and just enough room for the chips. The chippy is opened all day, which makes for a smart choice for a family supper with the kids (there are mini portions too).
Fish and chips is London's quintessential fast food. It originated with the fried fish sold by Sephardic Jews in the 17th century, before being refined over the centuries into the golden, battered, crispy delight we know and love today. Traditionally, it involved cod, which used to be as cheap as, well, chips. But these days, dwindling cod stocks means that London's fryers are getting creative: you'll find halibut, hake, calamari and more on your average shop's menu.
When done well, fish and chips is a welcome, stodgy godsend, ready to be drenched in salt and vinegar, and dipped into a delicious pot of mushy peas. When they're bad, it's just a load of brown stuff, innit. So let’s take the element of risk out of it. Here are the best places to get your fry on in London.
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