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Hole in The Wall Fish & Chips

foodfever Dec 2, 2013 10:21 AM

Are there any "Hole in The Wall" Fish and Chips restaurants in the LA area besides H. S. Salt where I can get great food? Looking for tempura/England batter style. Specifically fried mushrooms and great fish. Thanks!!

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  1. Servorg RE: foodfever Dec 2, 2013 10:27 AM


    1. Mattapoisett in LA RE: foodfever Dec 2, 2013 10:45 AM

      Hot Red Bus, Alhambra.

      No mushrooms but they have the best english style F&C



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        Will Owen RE: Mattapoisett in LA Dec 2, 2013 01:52 PM

        Thanks, Patrick! You've just found us another swell place much closer to our back yard than yours - is this a developed skill, or just some kind of gift?

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          Mattapoisett in LA RE: Will Owen Dec 6, 2013 09:48 PM

          Remember I married a Native Angelina. She would kill me if I didn't roam to all corners of LA County for great food.

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          Kalivs RE: Mattapoisett in LA Dec 2, 2013 10:16 PM

          This place is awesome. Over Thanksgiving, I had the samosa dessert. It was so much better than it sounded.

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            barryc RE: Mattapoisett in LA Dec 6, 2013 07:04 PM

            i took a party of five there for lunch today. told them we wanted to try a sampling of everything family style and the gent behind the counter was very helpful.

            family style with an order of F/C (3 extra pieces for a total of five). light crispy batter and moist - not just moist, JUICY fish inside, it was terrific. the malt vinegar & tartar sauce complemented the fish without being overpowering. i wish i could say the same about the otherwise excellent sauces. the hot sauce is homemade and while it will take paint off the wall, i found that i couldn't really taste the flavors of the chicken masala & tikki chicken balti bowls. same with the vindaloo sauce.

            the onion bhajis were a hit. basically an onion fritter with indian seasonings.

            i really wanted to love the doner fries, the concept is great, but the doner was indifferent and the curry sauce and crema couldn't overcome that.

            the rice bowls were good but surprisingly small given their price ($6.75).

            they were extremely good about replenishing sauce. as mentioned before, the hot sauce & vindaloo sauce turned out to be very popular though i used them sparingly as i found them to be overwhelming. if you had to eat shredded cardboard, either of the sauces would make the task a lot more palatable.

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              chowseeker1999 RE: Mattapoisett in LA Dec 7, 2013 09:29 AM

              the only thing that puts me off about Hot Red's version of Fish & Chips is that they use Swai fish from Vietnam. while it is rather flaky and remains moist, it had a slightly different taste than what i'm used to for traditional F&C.

              it just didn't taste that ideal for me. YMMV.

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                barryc RE: chowseeker1999 Dec 7, 2013 01:33 PM

                is it really swai? that makes sense given the size of the filets. i prefer the texture to cod for fish & chips myself. to me, it's much like preferring rare to well done in terms of preference of texture.

                i know some folks won't eat swai given that the mekong delta is the source. but i'll take my chances on swai caught in the mekong delta over say, ground beef injected with FDA approved pink slime for example.

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                  kevin RE: barryc Dec 7, 2013 02:18 PM

                  What's wrong with the Mekong Delta ?????

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                    barryc RE: kevin Dec 7, 2013 02:54 PM

                    think santa monica bay far east

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                    chowseeker1999 RE: barryc Dec 7, 2013 06:17 PM

                    yah barry. i asked the owner myself and he mentioned that Cod was too expensive so he went with Vietnamese Swai.

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                    Xan7hos RE: chowseeker1999 Dec 18, 2013 08:49 AM

                    When I went maybe 3 months ago or so he told me that they change their product based on the season and whats more abundant and possibly cheaper. At the time he told us the fish was basa..which i think is the same as swai (still south east asian river/catfish). Personally it was meatier, had great flaky texture, and clean tasting relative to cod.

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                      barryc RE: Xan7hos Dec 18, 2013 01:46 PM

                      i've seen the names used interchangeably but IIRC they do refer to different types of farmed catfish from asia.

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                  kevin RE: foodfever Dec 2, 2013 11:30 AM

                  There's one in Burbank, but the name of it seemingly escapes me.

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                    Will Owen RE: kevin Dec 2, 2013 01:42 PM

                    Willie's Grill, in a strip mall at Victory and Alameda. About twenty guys who came in after me got their burgers and left before my fish arrived, by which time I had to eat it with one hand while driving. The fish is recommended; eating it at the wheel is not. And the fish was REALLY HOT. Good crisp batter, nice fries. That was about five years ago, but I doubt anything has changed much.

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                      ns1 RE: Will Owen Dec 18, 2013 03:02 PM

                      hasn't changed at all. it's on my somewhat regular rotation, about 90% consistent. I've had a few soggy/overcooked batches from them before.

                      still, best $10 plate of FnC I've ever had. Emphasis on $10.

                      miles above and beyond the FnC you can get at Fish Dish, for reference. No comparison to Hot Red Bus as HRB is still on my "to try" list.

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                        kevin RE: ns1 Dec 18, 2013 10:36 PM

                        Willies is the joint you've been rqving about in Burbsnk for years now, right ????

                        I still have to make it there.

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                          ns1 RE: kevin Dec 18, 2013 11:15 PM

                          I have not found a better $10 FnC. Emphasis on $10.

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                            linus RE: ns1 Dec 19, 2013 05:32 AM

                            and they have a new beer cooler with a pretty darn nice selection, too.

                  2. TonyC RE: foodfever Dec 2, 2013 12:01 PM

                    +1 on Hot Red Bus, especially because you can get a side of doner fries with curry sauce...

                    I think the word is "swoon".

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                      kevin RE: TonyC Dec 2, 2013 12:14 PM

                      doner fries ? fries topped with gyoro meat ?

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                        TonyC RE: kevin Dec 2, 2013 12:30 PM


                        And squeeze bottle curry sauce. It makes poutines cry uncle: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/hot-re...

                        Sage & Sonny are also the nicest folks.

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                          kevin RE: TonyC Dec 2, 2013 12:47 PM

                          I like the sounds of the rest of the menu too.

                          I'll have to hit it up shortly.

                          Too bad I'm nowhere near there today.

                    2. SIMIHOUND RE: foodfever Dec 2, 2013 12:39 PM

                      I know this isn't in LA but this place has been mentioned many times with great reviews. I have yet to try it myself to be honest.

                      Northridge F&C
                      10336 Reseda Blvd
                      Northridge, CA 91326
                      (818) 360-3474

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                        Kalivs RE: SIMIHOUND Dec 2, 2013 10:13 PM

                        I used to love the fish here. The chips are too skinny for me. Both times I've had it in the last month it wasn't very good. It may be worth a try if you are in the neighborhood.

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                          MarkC RE: SIMIHOUND Dec 8, 2013 07:29 AM

                          Funny you should ask. This place is right around the corner from me, and after seeing this thread, I went out and tried it the other day. I would say it's probably pretty "authentic", in that it is every bit as bleak and spartan as a fry shop in some depressed English suburb. Fish and chips are good, and the price is right - a little over $6.00 for two large pieces of fish and a soft drink. I wouldn't make a special trip, but good if you're in the area.

                        2. Kate is always hungry RE: foodfever Dec 2, 2013 10:03 PM

                          Ireland's 32 on Burbank Blvd. in Van Nuys has a pretty good fish and chip plate.

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                            nosh RE: foodfever Dec 2, 2013 11:39 PM

                            Wow, for a moment I thought that Hole In the Wall Burger was frying fish 'n chips at their newish location...

                            1. mucho gordo RE: foodfever Dec 3, 2013 09:19 AM

                              Two more to consider: Robin Hood's on Burbank and Pickwick's Pub on Ventura in Woodland Hills, I haven't had Robin Hood's but Pickwick's fish is tops.

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                              1. re: mucho gordo
                                chewbacca RE: mucho gordo Dec 6, 2013 07:51 PM

                                I can vouch for the excellent fried food at Robin Hood: Whole fried mushrooms, giant sticks of zucchini, four types of fries...waffle, Curley, thin, wedges..plus their cod is amazing...the batter light and crunchy. All except for the cod can be had at 1/2 price during happy hour.

                              2. Wayno RE: foodfever Dec 3, 2013 10:11 AM

                                I've enjoyed the F&C at O'Brien's Pub on Wilshire (at 23rd) in SM. Also doubles as a good sports bar and excellent place to watch the games du jour.

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                                  jessejames RE: foodfever Dec 3, 2013 12:10 PM

                                  anyone tried it at the pikey (fka coach and horses)?

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                                    bringiton RE: foodfever Dec 6, 2013 07:51 PM

                                    My favorite is Sonny McCleans in Santa Monica.

                                    1. FallingLeaves RE: foodfever Dec 7, 2013 12:48 AM

                                      The "fish with seaweed" at Mama Lu (either location on Garvey) @ $6 per order is a close approximation of an above average crispy batter fried fish. They clearly indicated on the menu that the fish used is Basa, an imported farmed catfish.
                                      Also both Mama Lu's locations are know for their generous portions besides their above average XLB which I have heard are closely resemble if not the same as XLB from Din Sin World.

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                                        Thor123 RE: foodfever Dec 7, 2013 06:36 PM

                                        Been a long time but Reel Inn on PCH?

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                                          nosh RE: foodfever Dec 18, 2013 05:51 PM

                                          Certainly no hole-in-the-wall, but I had a great fish 'n chips at Connie & Ted's. Huge portion -- two very large pieces. Very lacy batter. Juicy, flaky fish. After starters (split a crab cake and order of fried clam strips with onion rings subbed for the fries) I could get through almost one piece. The other (nicely boxed) warmed up nicely placed over the fries in a cast-iron skillet in a 350 oven. (Certainly not the original crisp, but far from soggy.) Yes, it is over $20.

                                          1. PommeDeGuerre RE: foodfever Dec 19, 2013 02:45 AM

                                            I'll throw in a vote for Malibu Seafood.

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                                              jessejames RE: foodfever Dec 20, 2013 08:15 AM

                                              Had fish and chips at the pikey on sunset. Fish was terrific. Rock cod batter lightly but so crispy. No sagging at all. Really among best I've had in la. For me the chips, fries, not great but others loved em. I like twice fried or even frozen fried better than sui generis gournet dry fries.

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                                                kevin RE: jessejames Dec 20, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                Sui Generis ????

                                                What is this Latin class ?????

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                                                  jessejames RE: kevin Dec 20, 2013 03:08 PM

                                                  Ask ipsedixit!

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