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Is North Sea Fish in London the best place for fish and chips?

Is North Sea Fish in London the best place for fish and chips?

Jan 25th, 2010, 03:08 PM
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I had the fish and chips there but it was 10 years ago. It was the best I had in London. Fresh tasting, not greasy and satisfying. Don't remember the price but I do remember feeling that you get what you pay for.
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Jan 25th, 2010, 04:40 PM
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Any chippie doing up some nice skate?

What was the name of the great fish and chip place that had a fire in it recently? Has it been redone? (can't remember the name of the place)
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Jan 26th, 2010, 02:45 AM
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I meant to post this great London eating blog earlier; the best, according to this reviewer, is the Golden Hind in Marylebone--you can see reviews of other chippies here, too. GH is open for lunch and dinner except Sundays.




http://www.doshermanos.co.uk/2006/06...-well-not.html
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Jan 26th, 2010, 05:05 AM
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Fish & Chips are not an objective judgement. There are lots of factors making the F&C that you are eating the best and I don't believe that any chippie can be so judged.

All across the UK there are great, middlin' and mediocre places places selling crisp, just OK and soggy fare. F&C have to be eaten in the paper on the way home. If you wrap them they'll steam in the paper and be soggy when you open them.

Best eaten in the open air, preferably at cooler times of the year, lashings of salt & vinegar, eaten with fingers only--no plastic or wooden forks and beware thin fish fryers.
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Jan 26th, 2010, 06:29 AM
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Nice site, eks. Did you notice this? "I have been told to stop making a comparison with fish & chips up North. The simple reason being that, with one or two exceptions, most examples of the art offered in London would be thrown back in your face if you served them anywhere North of Watford."
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Jan 26th, 2010, 06:57 AM
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CW - YOU, a smart arse! NEVER!
By the by CW, the craysfish you are mention are not the same species I'm talkin' about.
My critters come from the depths of rocky coves in the sea and are similar I think (because I've had 'em) Main lobster.
When cooked they turn bright red and the succulent flesh stays white.
I think what you might be comparing crayfish with is 'Yabbies'.
These are small fresh water crays and are the best thing next to Langoustines.
Out of all seafood out there I list my preferences thus:
Langoustine
Yabbies,
crayfish
Tiger prawns
A fish simply called '74'
Fresh Baracuda
Yellow Snapper /red snapper
Sole
Hake
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Jan 26th, 2010, 07:14 AM
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The standard English Crayfish is in serious danger of being wiped out by it’s gobshite yankee cousin – the Signal Crayfish.

Needless to say it’s bigger and fatter than the English ones.

We’re encouraged to eat them and kill them on sight (it’s only a matter of time before this becomes the standard advice for dealing with yanks of all types):

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/...nd/7564004.stm

As for Fish n Chips there are certain things that will be true of all good chippies.

Clean oil or dripping.

Fresh fish.

Twice cooked chips

Fish cooked to order

Wallies on sale.
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Jan 26th, 2010, 02:00 PM
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When will this nonsense end? I can't get enough of it. Go C_W!
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Jan 26th, 2010, 06:46 PM
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It was the SeaShell restaurant that was gutted by fire. The online article said it happened in August. Anyone been by lately?
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Jan 28th, 2010, 04:16 AM
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Well, we're back from London and we did indeed eat at North Sea. It is definitely not a chippy but a comfortable spot to dine on delicious, fresh fish with a pint or a glass of wine. By the way, reservations are recommended. It's open until 10:30 pm. We went about 9ish on a Thursday evening and it was packed, although there was room for us. Really enjoyed it. I'd recommend it.
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Jan 28th, 2010, 04:55 AM
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Just to point out that next door to the North Sea is a takeaway that sells the same stuff as the restaurant – but to take away (and is therefore much cheaper).

BTW if you ever get a chance to see the rather wonderful british comedy series Black Books, you will recognise the location (it’s set a few doors down from the North Sea)
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Jan 28th, 2010, 05:33 AM
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BTW if you ever get a chance to see the rather wonderful british comedy series Black Books, you will recognise the location (it’s set a few doors down from the North Sea)>>

do you think that they'll "get" black books, CW [even if they can get it] - or are we going to be asked for more translations? [with or without babel-fish.
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Jan 28th, 2010, 05:49 AM
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jranger thanks for reporting back with your finds re The North Sea Restaurant! Glad it was positive - but please tell us what you ordered?
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Jan 28th, 2010, 06:17 AM
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do you think that they'll "get" black books, CW [even if they can get it] - or are we going to be asked for more translations? [with or without babel-fish.>>>

“look at him stood there. Half man, half Iago. All bastard”
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Jan 28th, 2010, 01:47 PM
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I think we're good; I think 'they'll' get it.
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Jan 28th, 2010, 06:06 PM
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I did eat at North Sea last summer; I have no idea if it was authentic, or the best, but I enjoyed it, just the thing for a break during my walk from the British Library to the Museum. The fish was light, the batter was well done, the portions were generous without being overwhelming, the price was not too high. Together with a dry cider, it made a good lunch.
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Jan 28th, 2010, 07:33 PM
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i love Sea Shells
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Jan 29th, 2010, 02:33 AM
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I had the most delicious smoked salmon appetizer - truly sublime - and DH had a wonderful fish chowder. I had halibut; DH had sole, mine grilled and his lightly battered and fried. We shared a plate of chips and some mushy peas. Had a crisp pinot grigio (me) and a pint of ale (DH). It was a warm, inviting, comforting place with delicious food. I can't lay my hands on the receipt, although we noted it was good value for what it was.
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Jan 29th, 2010, 02:42 AM
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The above bears no resemblence to Fish n chips, which consists of fish (battered and deep fried), chips, mushy peas, tartare sauce and a gherkin. And wine? No. That's just wrong.

CW - traditional.
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Jan 29th, 2010, 02:46 AM
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C_W: Is Sea Shells open again?
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