Fish and Chips! It’s a traditional dish that we adore and with a chippie practically in every high street, you can be forgiven for ‘enjoying’ the same experience time and time again. However, with most of these shops serving the same old greasy stuff, help is at hand in the name of Kerbisher & Malt.
The latest Qype event saw us venture to its Hammersmith base, where I was instantly transported to sea, thanks to the white tiled walls, scripted with black text echoing the menu. All wouldn’t be complete without the long wooden table and stools, ready to accompany me in my new found pleasure. It was a surprise to be greeted with entrees, which were offbeat from your normal chippie menu and varied. K&M’s experimental approach provided pickled onion rings, white bait fish and my favourite – calamari. I could have eaten these all night, especially the tentacles. Although omitted from most chippie menus, these were a welcomed exotic addition to a ‘ye olde’ menu!
Next was an insightful talk about the K&M ethos. Old definitely meets new, as their thoughtful and impressive food processes were explained. The fish is steamed in hand-made batter and preservative-free (as is the home made mushy peas, baked beans, salads and sauces). K&M still manage to create the perfect chip; pre – cut and double fried, which delivers a fluffy inside and a contrasting crunchy outside. And of course, preservative free too. As for the fish, you are definitely spoiled for choice, as haddock, cod, plaice, pollock and coley are served, battered, breaded and grilled. Only the best, sustainable fresh fish is bought from Billingsgate Market and excellent potatoes supplied by British farmers.
For the main event, we were treated with grilled cod, battered haddock and matzo-breaded coley. Qypers Lankygirl, Chrissj, Bring_stuff and I became food critics for the night, trying to figure out which fish was which before it was revealed. Tasty chips also went down a treat, along with an unexpected likening to the mushy peas and tartare sauce. No better dessert suited the mood than ice cream. With so many flavours, I went for the honey comb. What a delicious way to end the evening!