Despite the relative simplicity of the dish, a classic fish and chips, like other English dishes, is a sum of its parts – and if one element is sub-standard, it more often than not lets the whole thing down. Sadly, many places in London fall short on one or more of the elements, so I pick my fish and chips carefully.
Master’s Superfish isn’t one of these overpriced, slickly marketed chippies that have appeared in recent years. This one has been a cabbies’ favourite spot for many years due to its excellent value for money and the freshness of the fish. I love the fact that if you eat in, you get a complimentary plate of small prawns, along with a basket of French bread and butter. Nothing fancy, but a nice touch. Then there’s the abundant sauces – ketchup and tartare sauce (again complimentary) along with the pickled onions and gherkins, which act as the tart ying to the yang of the dish itself.
The portions are very generous and the crisp batter protects your chosen type of fish like an armour. The chips are thick cut and have the perfect texture. Everything is made fresh to order and the use of fresh oil ensures the lack of excessive greasiness, but you can opt for your fish grilled if you so wish. I’ll sometimes go for the ‘half salad, half chips’ option if I’m in a healthy mood.