The gourmet fast food trend careering around Paris now births a decent but expensive luxury fish and chip shop.
Like in many major cities around the world, one of the most rampant culinary trends in Paris right now essentially involves giving run-of-the-mill fast food a plush gourmet makeover. There are already gourmet burgers, gourmet kebabs, and now there’s luxury fish and chips too.
Stylistically a bit Ikea, while also conveying the relaxedness of a Breton beachside bar, cosy blue-and-yellow restaurant Mersea serves an upgraded take on the classic British dish to diners on the restaurant-packed Rue du Faubourg Montmartre. Its fish and chips menu is simple: customers must choose between two types of delicately breaded fish (pollack or cod, according to market availability), depending on how thick a batter they want. Each fillet comes with a side of freshly cut chips and a sauce of their choosing (tartare, spiced yoghurt or rouille, a piquant provençal mayonnaise).
Though we can’t possibly complain about the quality of the cooking, €14 for the lunchtime menu seems a little excessive for food that arrives served on a McDonald’s-style plastic tray. But if you’re after a quick, indulgent, gourmet fix, it’s probably worth shelling out.
TRANSLATION: HUW OLIVER
6 rue du Faubourg Montmartre
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sun 11.30am-11pm|
|Transport:||Metro: Grands Boulevards|