Craving a savoury fish fry up? We round up nine of our favourite spots for this homely, comforting British dish
You’ll be hard pressed to find even a single hawker centre or Western resto here that omits this Brit crowd-pleaser, but unfortunately, we’ve had our fair share of disappointing examples. We’ve done the legwork for you so you won’t ever have to suffer a bland plate of fish and chips ever again. Batter up, and get ready for seven of our top spots for fish and chips.
The most authentic: Bread Street Kitchen
You can bet your last thick-cut chip that Bread Street Kitchen doesn’t faff about with its fish and chips. Gordon Ramsay’s flagship restaurant in Singapore serves up the quintessential British dish with the traditional crushed peas and tartar sauce. While the fish certainly takes centrestage, we gotta show some love for the thick-cut slabs of chips on the side.
Bread Street Kitchen, Bay Level, L1-81 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956. p. 6688 5665.
Best hawker centre fish and chips: Botak Jones
Props to Botak Jones for being one of the first to bring high-quality fish and chips to hawker centres around the island. The fish here is firm, tender, and you’ll get no taste of bitter overused oil. I’m partial to the beer-battered variety, but the breaded fish fillets ($11.90 for a single, $21.50 for a double) here are a winner in my book. Don’t think that its usual coffee shop location means you miss out on the trappings of ‘higher-end’ joints; your fish comes served with Heinz malt vinegar and a generous portion of rich, homemade tartar sauce.
Botak Jones, various locations
The most Singaporean: Fish & Chicks
This British classic is one of the latest dishes to receive the salted egg yolk treatment. Fish & Chicks, like Botak Jones, is another hip hawker hidden away in Ang Mo Kio, and peddles a rather Singaporean take on fish and chips. Its star dish is undoubtedly the fish and chips with salted egg AND chilli crab sauce; Yup, you’ll get two, crisp fish fillets with a different sauce each. The chilli crab sauce, though lacking any crabmeat, is a luscious blend of spicy and sweet while the golden egg sauce is rich and creamy.
Fish & Chicks, two locations.
The (other) most authentic: Smith’s Authentic British Fish and Chips
If you’re a purist when it comes to this age-old English staple and the idea of chilli sauce and salted egg yolk topping appalls you, head West to Smith’s Authentic Fish & Chips. Unlike the more pedestrian fish & chip offerings, Smith’s prides itself on offering cod and haddock ($19.50). These two varieties of fish were originally used to make fish and chips in England in the 1800s, and fall apart into chunkier flakes than the usual dory (which they also sell for $15.50) you’ll find in regular fish and chips.
The best beer batter: The Chop House
A good plate of fish and chips is the sum of its parts, and The Chop House has paid extra attention to its beer batter. Instead of using the regular ol’ beer, the folks here mix up the batter with Mac’s Great White, a New Zealand wheat beer. Of course, this also means you can get a pint of that same beer (or plenty of others on tap) to go with your fish and chips ($26), like a proper Brit!
Best value for money: Mr Fish & Chips @ Cafe Wok Inn
If you’re craving a fish fry up but your wallet’s a little lighter than you’d like, Wok Inn’s made a name for itself not just because it’s got a value-for-money plate of fish and chips; it’s got a darn good plate of fish and chips, period. And at only $9.90, you’ve no excuse not to give this one a shot at least once.
Mr Fish & Chips @ Cafe Wok Inn, 1 Selegie Road, #01-20/21 PoMo. Open daily 11am-9pm.
The best for a little spice: Catch Beer and Batter
Fancy your fish and chips with a little heat? Catch Beer and Batter offers a Cajun-inspired fish fry-up that features a 13-spice batter that will leave tingles on your tongue, and also includes Cajun-seasoned fries, tartare sauce, and a spicy sauce. You’ve also got several options for fish – choose either halibut ($25), cod ($24), salmon ($24), or dory ($19). And, in line with its Clarke Quay location, you can also complement your fish and chips with a selection of the restaurant’s Archipelago beers. The restaurant also opens all the way ’til 3am on some days, so it’s an ideal location for the post-boozing munchies.
The Catch Beer and Batter, River Valley Road, Singapore 179024. p. 6336 0366. Open Wed, Fri, and Sat 12pm-3am; Mon, Tue, and Thu 12pm-1am; Sun 12pm-10pm.
Best selection of fish: Greenwood Fish Market
Haddock or sockeye salmon? Pink snapper or catfish? If you’re particular about what fish goes in your fish and chips, head to Greenwood Fish Market and you’ll get to take your pick of fresh fish and have it served battered or fried (or any other way really). The house fish and chips comes with battered catfish and goes for $19.95, while other more exciting options will run you a tad bit more at between $26.99 and $34.99.
Greenwood Fish Market, 34 Greenwood Avenue, Singapore 289236. p. 6467 4950. Open daily 11am-10.30pm.
The most ‘avant-garde’: The Pipe District
Now I love a good, authentic British fish and chips, but I’m always up for trying something new. The Pipe District’s rendition of the dish is certainly an eye-catching one – the charcoal black batter is visually striking, and it comes served with a side of sweet potato fries (you can opt for regular fries). Cut through the crispy black crust and you’ll be treated to soft, chunky pieces of Atlantic cod ($20). You can also opt for Scottish salmon ($18), and dory fish ($14) instead.
The Pipe District, #01-09/10 Sparkle, 45 Science Park Road, Singapore 117407. Open daily 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm.