There are certain things that just make Britain great. We might have rainy bank holidays and be terrible at penalty shoot-outs but we'll always have fish and chips and that's enough for us. But sometimes, even the local chippie can be something of a let down with limp, pallid chips and greasy overcooked fish kept warm for hours. Kerbisher and Malt couldn't be further away from this, and that's what makes them one of the very best chip shops around.
The menu contains only sustainable, ethically sourced fish, and is always fresh, never frozen. Every order is cooked individually which means waiting a few minutes for your takeaway, but it's worth it. We opted to eat in at the well-appointed dining area, decorated to give it a retro feel. We sampled the battered cod with chips and pollock coated in matzo meal with crushed potato salad, and a side order of calamari.
The flaky fish was perfectly cooked, the batter dry and crisp and not at all greasy while the matzo meal was a real treat, slightly salty with a crunchy texture. The chips were soft and fluffy and served in massive portions, while the crushed potato salad provided an alternative, although probably just as unhealthy as the chips. This is a place for indulgence, not diets!
The calamari was served in a huge portion with a delicious salad, both covered in lemon juice and tangy vinaigrette. They are also licensed to sell alcohol provided you're eating in, which also definitely sets this apart from the average neighbourhood chippie. Kerbisher and Malt has taken chip shops back to its roots, returning to the days when everything was cooked to order and fish and chips was a meal to be celebrated. We can't wait to go back!
164 Shepherd's Bush Road, W6