Fish & Chips – the glorious signature of English fast food that everyone all over the world knows. It pretty much represents a lot about the UK and, of course, carries a lot of tradition and history with it. Poppies Fish & Chips have several branches around London, including Camden and Soho. But their Spitalfields branch in Hanbury Street is their first and original site, which also happen to be my favourite branch as well. I like their Spitalfields branch because it embraces the traditional East End chippie shop vibe, and carries a lot of character with their retro diner interior style. The restaurant interior is lined with 1950s memorabilia, and even the staffs are all dressed up in an old-school floral printed diner uniform.
I’ve got to say I don’t always have the best experience with British fish & chips. Very often, I was left feeling rather underwhelmed, maybe disappointed even. I was told London just isn’t the place for fish & chips, so I’d come to the point of giving up trying out fish & chips around town.
But then Poppies Fish & Chips came into my radar.
Their fish & chips are halal-friendly as well, using non-beer batter and cooked separately from other meats. All fish & chips come in regular or large sizes. They are served with a wedge of lemon, tartare sauce and ketchup that are put in their own-branded individual mini jars, and of course including other condiments such as malt vinegar and salt & pepper. Some classic sides like mushy peas and curry sauce would be for extras.
Cod & Chips (regular) (£13.95) + extra Curry Sauce (£2.95)
Though it was just a regular portion, it was pretty huge. The battered fish was fried to a perfect golden colour with a generous amount of thick chunky chips served on the side.
The golden crisp of the batter was an absolute delight. It was perfectly crispy, not too thick nor too thin and nicely seasoned. It doesn’t leave you a greasy taste either. With a squeeze of lemon, everything just hit the spot. As for the fish itself, as expected from its size, it was certainly a meaty one. It was cooked just right, perfectly flaky and tasted quite fresh. I’ve also got an extra side of curry sauce to go with it which really helped to bring out the flavours.
With a drizzle of malt vinegar and a sprinkle of salt, the chips were great too. a lovely treat too. They were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
…Poppies Fish & Chips no doubt serves a good decent plate of fish & chips, and easily one of the top spots in London (considering catering to halal options as well) I’ve tried so far. I really enjoyed its retro, nostalgic and traditional atmosphere as well. Poppies definitely have its own charisma and charm which wrapped up a delightful and satisfying experience. Especially for a foreigner like myself, it’s almost like being offered a full-on British experience. No doubt Poppies is one you’ll find me coming back for more fish & chips!
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