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SMITHS: Authentic British Fish and Chips (Tanjong Katong)
230 Tanjong Katong Road
If there’s only one legacy of the British presence in Singapore worth trumpeting about, it’s got to be, for some at least, heavenly fish and chips. And flying the flag for proper British fish and chips, alongside a commitment to healthy eating that might take some critics by surprise, is Smiths Authentic British Fish And Chips. There are a number of these embassies for crisp, battered seafood and the golden chip in Singapore, and the one along Tanjong Katong Road is as popular as its brethren. The menu is as extensive as any motherland chippie worth its salt, with close attention paid to the daily catch (we’re not talking anonymous deep-fried fish here) and a range of sides, desserts, and – God save the Queen – imported British ale.
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Indeed authentic British Fish and Chips! Served with the not so typical thick fries and topped with vinegar and salt, which you can choose to have either. Similar to those Fish and Chip restaurants I went in Glasgow and London! Really a reminiscence.
Smiths Authentic British Fish And Chips is serious about its offering. They keep the grease low, and even offer a solid argument for the healthiness of fish and chips – facts that would make many skeptics raise their eyebrows. Here’s the juice: fish and chips contain less fat than burgers, korma curries or pizza and are packed with nutritional value. On top of that Smiths are proud of the history of the chippie, tracing their heritage back to Victorian London. But the real coup for this popular Tanjong Katong chippie is Smith’s commitment to a quality daily catch, a homemade (and tightly held secret) batter recipe, the best potatoes and freshest peas (ripe for mushing), and even proper presentation in old fashioned paper wrapping. This is a true blue chippie in the heart of Singapore.
The menu at the Tanjong Katong Road branch of Smiths Authentic British Fish And Chips has a comprehensive scope (dare we say scoop?) that already marks this fish and chip shop out as something special. There’s your usual cod and haddock, alongside classic, non-seafood items like battered sausage and a ton of sides (mushy peas are a star, baked beans, pickled onions and eggs, gherkins, and even a Spam fritter). Depending on the day’s supplies, you can find dory, plaice, scampi, halibut, plus prime Angus beef burgers and beef and Guinness pies served with mushy peas, gravy and chips. Singapore’s Anglophiles will be overjoyed that you can wash all this briny, hearty goodness down with real English ale – Boddington’s, London Pride – and round it off with a genuine battered Mars bar!