Haddock and chips
Last Wednesday I went to visit a friend in Joo Chiat and we decided to head down to Tanjong Katong Road for some fish and chips. It’s in his locale so he often goes there for a lazy Sunday lunch.
Smiths claims to serve authentically British fish and chips. Not having grown up in Britain, I had to rely on my friends who delightedly exclaimed how it reminded them of their childhood, and for me, it brought back memories of the places around Sydney (like Watsons Bay) that used to sell fresh fish, battered and fried on order, and then wrapped up in newspaper to be eaten in one of the nearby parks overlooking the harbour.
Sean, the owner, used to be the head chef at the Singapore Cricket Club, so I guess has been around the British clientele long enough to know that there is a need for authentic British fish and chips. And when I say proper, I mean serving cod, haddock, and even scampi, cooked to order and served with thick cut chips and wrapped in butchers paper, where you take them to your table to add salt, tomato sauce, HP sauce and the all important malt vinegar generously on your fish and chips.
It’s where there is a completely separate menu that is equally as long as the fish selection, that covers side orders, like mushy peas, curry sauce, gravy (for the fries), picked onions, pickled eggs and pickled gherkins. Perfect for cutting through the grease (although the onions were a tad tricky to cut with the plastic cutlery they give you – slippery little suckers).
I ordered the haddock and chips and quickly unwrapped my serving as soon as I got to the table. The chips would be soggy from the vinegar I would soon add, but the fish needs to stay crispy. And crispy it was ! And the sweet taste of the haddock was not lost in the batter and oil.
You can even enjoy British beer like Boddingtons or a bottle of wine with your fish and chips.
I am thinking that it might soon be a regular for us on a lazy Sunday afternoon as well.
Smiths authentic British fish and chips
230 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore
Tel: +65 6345 9855
Tue–Sun: 12pm – 11pm
(Closed on Mon)