I love fish and chips, especially the British sort. For those who don’t already know, fish & chips is traditionally a takeaway item, and is served wrapped in paper. The fish, commonly cod, haddock or plaice would be beer battered and the chips are fried from hand cut potatoes.
In Singapore sadly, British fish and chips are almost non-existent. The Singaporean version of this dish having the same name of fish & chips refers to dory fried in breaded crumbs served with crinkle cut/ shoe string fries from a frozen source, with coleslaw and baked beans. This kind is sold everywhere, at any Singaporean style western stall/ restaurant, but I am not looking for that.
I was craving for fish & chips one day and I thought Smith’s would be my best bet because they’re the only place I know of that serves non-dory options and it is nearby. I have actually tried it when they just debuted a few years ago, and am well aware that it’s still miles apart (literally too) from the ones I had in London, but decided to have it again anyway.
Cod & Chips – $18.00
Before anyone screams in their head “$18 is so expensive! I can get fish &chips at XXXX place for $7!”, please make sure you know what you’re talking about. The $7 kind you get from anywhere else is probably dory. How do you even compare dory with cod? It’s a totally different fish, totally different thing. If you are the sort who is unable to make out the difference between different types of fish, then probably you should just stick to dory.
For comparison purposes, they do have dory too at $11.50 – around the same price as other fish & chips chains like Fish & Co. and Manhattan Fish Market.
Anyway, this is for the large cod. They have a smaller portion for $14. If you want to do without the chips, it’s $3.50 less. Personally I do find a big difference between cod and dory. The texture is more firm, whole dory is mushy, and the taste is more oily (fish oily, good thing) than dory which was tasteless. Salt and vinegar was provided if you want more flavour.
If you appreciate having cod in your fish & chips, I think this is a good choice since you don’t have any other choice. If you happen to know of anywhere else that serves cod & chips, do let me know!
During lunch on Mon – Thu, they do have a promotion for the small size version of cod. A set with a side and drink costs only $10! Do check it out if you are interested.
On the other hand, I do have to mention that the system of this restaurant is quite bad. They accept phone orders, and just before my order someone called to order 30 pieces. Because of that, I had to wait 30 minutes for my meal. This is rather absurd to me. Why couldn’t they just serve existing customers, since the phone order isn’t coming down this instance to get his item? And shouldn’t they have a separate kitchen to serve phone orders? Imagine if they receive such phone orders all day long ordering large quantities, then wouldn’t their dine in customers not get to eat at all?
Overall: I’ll only be here because there’s no other place I know of which served cod & chips
230 Tanjong Katong Road
Tue – Sun: 10:30 – 23:00