Quick Trip Update
was great - they soda bread and butter was amazing could have eaten that all night, mains were very good and dessert was excellent - service there was excellent, had mentioned that i didnt like soda bread however this changed my opinon and she gave us a loaf to go - was so nice, also swapped out an ale that i thought was ok for another that was really good - def recommend
masters superfish, kind of depressing inside, and the food was borderline unedible - soggy chips, soggy fish, no flavor to either - was digusting and a bummer - not sure how they got so many good reviews on this board but it was pretty gross - our friend swore ketchup tasted different outside the us so he was wrong heh
viajane is on tap for tonight - took the marcus wareing at the berkely out it was overkill
having fun so far!
re: Nancy S.
Dapuma, just out of interest, where are you from? When I first moved to the UK from New Zealand, I thought the fish and chips here were terrible, much like you described them, whereas I was used to crispy, light batter, fresh fish and crispy chips, so couldn't understand the fuss over the heavy stuff served up here. I have kind of come around to it, but still wouldn't rate them!
I've only had fish and chips at J. Sheekey (well, actually, eaten a good bit of my daughter's, in addition to my own Dover sole), and it was beautifully crispy on the outside and succulent inside. However, the price of fish and chips at J. Sheekey is quite high, compared to places like Masters Superfish.
from US Arizona, but grew up in the us midwest where there was fish fry almost every friday at some place - so IMO i know what good fish and chips are
we had fish and chips at some touristy place for a quick bite for lunch and they were better than masters...was pretty funny
viajante was great - they made you feel very at home each course was a suprise and they threw in lots of extra courses and hooked us up with extra wine and champange - great pre dinner drink - prob best place so far IMO
Dinner was great as well - i think if you order perfectly dinner could be better but there are certainly lots of things that are ok not great on the menu
i think a perfect order would be: meat fruit (how cool and delicious is that - dont want to ruin it for anyone but get it) then pigeon for a main with a side of the triple cooked chips and mushroom ketchup and tipsy cake for dessert
the scallop app - filet main - tart dessert were good but not excellent where the other items we ordered were excellent and justified the price
Brown's was great the Mrs loved it the best of every place we went
scones and clottted cream and strawberry preserves and rose is a winning combo
i was so so on the sandwiches but the mrs loves the salmons one i was ok with the egg ones but i ate alot of scones
st johns was almost as disaapointing as masters superfish with everything underseasoned tradition means flavorless unfortunatly - the mrs loved the chocolate cake dessert, i got pigeon which Dinner destroyed in every way - appatizer was crab on brown bread which tasted like tuna on bread and the new potatoes tasted like boiled potatoes with no salt - her main was the roast pig shoulder which was average at best
however the end of the night was saved by Purl Cocktails - which made some amazing drinks
however after the theatre and browns we went to rules
which would not sever us food upstairs (aggro) however made a crazy good negroni
wicked was fun off to paris tomorrow
I agree. While I've become used to English batter, the antipodean style is much more delicate, in my mind almost like tempura.
I suppose the English stodginess does have the advantage that the fish is insulated better from the oil, so in theory fish should stay moister. If it's cooked properly, that is!
You should have sent back the soggy fish at Master's. I'm not sure why you had such bad luck there, but that's not their usual way of serving fish and chips. Surely it wouldn't have the good votes it gets if it was consistently that terrible.