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Which pubs, bars, restaurants and take-aways do you avoid?
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messageFish and chips
Posted by Fitzgeraldo November 03, 04:36PM

Where can I obtain a decent piece of fried fish (and chips) in East Dulwich?
The pubs supply ghastly deep-fried, tasteless from frozen. The few remaining local ‘chippies’ that I have tried convert their fish to a texture-less sludge contained within a tepid coating of limp batter. Most of these outlets seem to thrive on sales of kebabs, burgers, pies and sausages. I adore simple cod-and-chips but haven’t found anything remotely pleasant nearby. I’d be most grateful to be advised of anywhere that supplies nice, firm flakey cod, fried in a crisp batter, accompanied by hot, recently deep-fried chips, together lightly sprinkled with salt and vinegar, preferably served in pages taken from yesterday’s ‘Daily Mirror’.
Please help

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by TheCat November 03, 04:41PM

I reckon Olley's in Herne Hill do the best fish. But as many on here will tell you, it doesn't come cheap....

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by sjsl November 03, 04:44PM

Ken's on Half Moon Lane is closer to East Dulwich and much better than Olley's (in my opinion).

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by natty01295 November 03, 05:13PM

Fish & Chips At - (The Blue) in Bermondsey Cheap And lovely

And

Fish and chips - on North cross Road, East Dulwich



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was november 04, 01:59am by natty01295.

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by Clifton November 03, 05:21PM

Sea Master on Forest Hill Road is good. Slow, but only because they cook everything to order.

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by Paradise2 November 03, 05:47PM

Ken’s on Half moon lane gets my vote too

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by Penguin68 November 03, 06:11PM

Sea Master (Forest Hill Road) fries to order, the quality of their cod is good (firm, white flesh) and they're nice people. If you don't want to wait, you can phone in an order and collect. But they are cash only.

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Posted by Jennys November 03, 06:59PM

Ken’s and Olley’s are both good

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by tomskip November 03, 07:15PM

The fish and chip shop in the parade on Lordship Lane going up from where Barcelona used to be on the corner to Topps Tiles (opposite the old Harvester). I can't remember the name of it but it might feature brothers? Anyway, I think they are the best in ED.

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by cella November 03, 07:43PM

Rosie's on E Dulwich Road.

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by KalamityKel November 03, 07:48PM

Fitzgeraldo Wrote:
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> Where can I obtain a decent piece of fried fish
> (and chips) in East Dulwich?
> The pubs supply ghastly deep-fried, tasteless from
> frozen. The few remaining local ‘chippies’ that I
> have tried convert their fish to a texture-less
> sludge contained within a tepid coating of limp
> batter. Most of these outlets seem to thrive on
> sales of kebabs, burgers, pies and sausages. I
> adore simple cod-and-chips but haven’t found
> anything remotely pleasant nearby. I’d be most
> grateful to be advised of anywhere that supplies
> nice, firm flakey cod, fried in a crisp batter,
> accompanied by hot, recently deep-fried chips,
> together lightly sprinkled with salt and vinegar,
> preferably served in pages taken from yesterday’s
> ‘Daily Mirror’.
> Please help

which chip shops in the immediate area have you tried? I don't mean the silly burger bars and pubs but actual fish and chip shops...?

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by picmicnic November 03, 08:08PM

Am afraid I don’t find sea masters food to be that good (v. Cheap and nice people though).
Ollies is better but with off putting prices
Will try Ken’s following this thread.

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by SebsC November 03, 08:39PM

Ken’s all the way for us! Tried many trying to find a decent one so since we found Ken’s we never been anywhere else!

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by mrwb November 03, 09:11PM

Codefellas on bellenden road is very good

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by Spartacus November 03, 09:16PM

The best tasting chips IMHO are cooked in beef dripping and because its boiling point is higher than vegetable oil it expels all water from the chip and seals the outside so the fat doesn't get in, where as vegetable oil doesn't seal the outside so quickly and the oil gets absorbed back into the chip.

(Read Fat by Jennifer McLuhan for more fascinating facts of this ilk )

Now if you find me a chip shop that cooks in beef dripping (sorry vegans) then I would be a happy person !

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by malcolmchurch November 03, 11:47PM

Two Brothers.... quite good fish and chips, they also deliver. Plus kebabs and burgers.

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by worldwiser November 04, 12:04AM

Ken's was recently listed by Jay Rayner as one of his top 5 ever places for fish and chips. Otherwise I also endorse Codfellas who I believe also do the dripping thing.

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by SpringTime November 04, 09:14AM

Fladda on Camberwell Church Street for me as it's nearer. Not cheap but usually very good.

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by ruffers November 04, 09:22AM

Spartacus Wrote:
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> The best tasting chips IMHO are cooked in beef
> dripping and because its boiling point is higher
> than vegetable oil it expels all water from the
> chip and seals the outside so the fat doesn't get
> in, where as vegetable oil doesn't seal the
> outside so quickly and the oil gets absorbed back
> into the chip.
>
> (Read Fat by Jennifer McLuhan for more fascinating
> facts of this ilk )
>
> Now if you find me a chip shop that cooks in beef
> dripping (sorry vegans) then I would be a happy
> person !

Fryer's Delight on Theobalds Road.

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by kerry2015 November 04, 09:49AM

worldwiser Wrote:
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> Ken's was recently listed by Jay Rayner as one of
> his top 5 ever places for fish and chips.
> Otherwise I also endorse Codfellas who I believe
> also do the dripping thing.

Do you have any link to the list, would be interested to see it. I passed Ken's one day and there seemed to be some filming going on, wonder was the Jay and his gang.

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by montassa November 04, 09:57AM

It has to be Olleys or Kens...

both are excellent - although fish is much better in Olleys - (having seen the fish delivery van for Kens - it wasn't always Cod that is being cooked!)

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Posted by theron November 04, 10:39AM

Another vote for Kens!

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by edcam November 04, 10:45AM

As above, Fladda in Camberwell are the best locally.

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by DulwichFox November 04, 10:59AM

worldwiser Wrote:
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> Ken's was recently listed by Jay Rayner as one of
> his top 5 ever places for fish and chips.
> Otherwise I also endorse Codfellas who I believe
also do the dripping thing.

That's right they do.. They fry in oil for Younger people and Dripping for older / elderly folk.
Unless you specify what you prefer.

Codfellas also have seating to eat in. I used to be a regular there but now have a eating disorder
and cannot manage to eat a full meal. Large portions, reasonable prices. Too far to take away. food would go cold.

I now use Semas.. 1 Min walk. Seems to vary but friendly staff and fish cooked to order.
Large portions.. Cod and Chips £8.70

Foxy

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by natty01295 November 04, 12:00PM

Its Expensive Treat

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by Sue November 04, 01:47PM

Do they tell you if they are cooking in dripping, or do they just look at you and class you as an ancient person?

What if you are a vegetarian?

ETA: It would never occur to me to ask. I just assumed all fish and chips were cooked in oil. Is there a big notice warning people about this?



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messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by Abe_froeman November 04, 03:12PM

Not many vegetarians eat fish and chips

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by Metallic November 04, 03:19PM

Ken's on Half Moon Lane. Has improved beyond all bounds in the last couple of years, it is the same guy frying away.

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by JohnL November 04, 03:41PM

Sue Wrote:
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> Do they tell you if they are cooking in dripping,
> or do they just look at you and class you as an
> ancient person?
>
> What if you are a vegetarian?
>
> ETA: It would never occur to me to ask. I just
> assumed all fish and chips were cooked in oil. Is
> there a big notice warning people about this?

Mine were in Oil and someone asked me if I was in my late 30s last week.

I'm on a roll.

messageRe: Fish and chips
Posted by worldwiser November 04, 04:18PM

It was a feature in Eurostar's magazine but there doesn't appear to be a link. It was some kind of nostalgic piece looking back at the best places he'd had chips throughout his life which somewhat inexplicably included an early branch of McDonald's. But his current haunt was Ken's which seemed more credible. Had no idea he was a local.

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