Before I drill on with my oversea posts (Far from done with them!), let's take a look at some of the local finds!
I have never been to Britain, yet ironically I was a British 3rd-class citizen. All I could gather from Discovery TLC about their fast food culture was that they loved their fish & chips and deep fried mars bar, which the latter had been made popular by Chippy in Singapore. So when so many others had blogged about how authentically British Smiths was for their fish n chips, its time to check it out!
Located further down Punggol Nasi Lemak at Tanjong Katong Road, Smiths had been making quite a wave since it opened late last year. The place was very casual with an order counter and back-lit signboard menu, as several tables were put at the shopfront and outdoor area. There was also a counter bar for those in a hurry. Good that we came early as it was easily full house!
Being British styled, its common to see salt and vinegar as condiments for fish & chips, and I was pleasantly surprised that they had HP sauce to dip my fries in too!
By the way, anyone notices that Botak Jones doesn't automatically gives HP sauce for your fries anymore? Though they will still gladly oblige when you ask for it.
Mushy Peas ($2.00)
This was a first for me! The texture was almost like mashed potato, albeit more coarse and with the occasional skin bits. I knew of people who couldn't stand the taste of green peas, but this turned out alright for me, though I did had to sprinkle a little salt for more flavour.
Cod & Chips ($17.00)
The one that we were eagerly waiting for! Made fresh upon order, the batter was delightfully crispy while the firm and moist cod meat was really good as well. Sprinkled with more vinegar, it just became more appetising as we ate!
I'm not quite sure if the fries were meant to turn out this way. Personally, I didn't mind thick, mushy fries as it gave a different feeling from the crisp, shoestring type. Perhaps the fries wasn't prepared on the spot, or wrapping it with paper sheets had caused condensation to make them soggy. I guess this was really up to your tastebuds to like it or not!
Sausage & Chips ($11.00)
The girlfriend and I also shared this out of curiosity, but we both liked how the pork sausage was meaty and very flavourful, as the batter gave an extra crunch to it.
Though they had nett pricing here, it definitely wasn't cheap by fast food standards. Portions could have been a little bigger too. Like I said, I didn't know how authentic this is, but the next time a fish & chips craving hits, I'm sure to know where to find a good one!
Smiths Authentic British Fish And Chips 230 Tanjong Katong Rd Tel: 9639 8348 Check out their website for updated menu, now with desserts too!