Fish and chips. Three words that scream foodie nostalgia and comfort. Well actually let’s be honest- the Curious Veggie was always going to focus on the chips. Those fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside (with just the right amount of greasiness) potatoey morsels of joy.
I have vivid memories of tip-toeing to see above the high counter crowded with glass jars of pickled gherkins, eggs and plastic salt and vinegar shakers. Waiting in anticipation for the paper wrapped chips smothered with salt, drenched in vinegar and devoured with a two-pronged wooden fork. Bliss – You just can’t beat chips from a proper chippy.
When a bon voyage meet up for Connie with Manasi and Mitzie was on the cards. There was only one way to give the Kiwi heading for Far Eastern shores a great British send off with a dash of style – The Mayfair Chippy of course!
Serving quintessentially British fayre in contemporary surroundings, there are subtle local chippy echoes visible in this small stylish establishment – white tiles, chequerboard floor and bottles of Sarsons on the table. Although being served prosecco on arrival well and truly crowned it the ‘posh’ chippy. I know! The stuff of dreams – Chips & bubbles.
You can find this gem between Oxford Circus and North Mayfair, it’s conveniently located for tired hungry shoppers too. It boasts an AA Rosette and appears in the Michelin Guide 2018, noteworthy foodie credentials.
The starters selection is varied with Cornish salt and pepper squid, black pudding fritters and hot scotch eggs. Connie and I both opted for salads.
Wrong I know when sat in a chippy, but so right as they scored high on the taste front. Mine was a heritage tomato & asparagus salad with a green pesto like sauce, capers & pine nuts (£6.50). Connie’s Cornish crab salad came with marinated watermelon, avocado & cucumber (£8.50).
Mitzie continued the decadent theme and ordered three Carlingford rock oysters with a traditional garnish (£7.50) and a splash of Tabasco.
The retro prawn cocktail with Cox apples, avocado and lemon (£7) was huge, like all the other starters.
There is a beer, wine and spirits list too, although the retro sweet cocktails were too much of a temptation for Connie and I.
The excitement of drinking a childhood favourite in alcoholic form, however, was short-lived. The Sherbet Dip Dab with gin, strawberries, lemon and a sherbet dip dab garnish didn’t live up to expectations. Way too synthetic and dare I say too sweet.
Fish and chips is obviously the main draw with The Mayfair Classic (£15.75). Served on a wooden platter, the gargantuan fried haddock or cod sits in a metal frying basket accompanied with chips, mushy peas, tartar and chip shop curry sauce. The fish was moist, flaky and wrapped in a light batter.
Now all veggies, let me hear you say hallelujah! We have not been forgotten. There is a vegetarian version, served with fried West Sussex Halloumi and an incredible spiced tomato relish. The disappointment was the curry sauce, too sweet for my tastebuds.
The soft shell crab burger with crab mayonnaise and Mayfair slaw (£13.50), was impressive looking. Mitzie and Manasi both gave it a huge thumbs up.
Oh and let’s just take a moment for the chips covered in Berkswell cheese, spring onions and truffle salt. Utterly divine! They weren’t even mine and I kept finding my hand in them.
We did all struggle to finish our mains, the portions sizes are very generous. I advise you arrive with empty stomachs when you visit.
Our full bellies did not deter us from looking at the dessert menu. Full of delectable British puds, Bakewell tart and warm chocolate pudding and sticky toffee pudding sundae to name a few. We finally decided to share an apple and rhubarb crumble with vanilla seed custard (£6.00). The crunchy crumble was perfectly sweetened and the fruit on the right side of tart.
The Mayfair Chippy has certainly given the chip shop a stylish makeover, which may not sit well with some chippy purists. Although once they’re though door the food will certainly change their minds.
Do you have a favourite British classic? Let me know if the comments box below.
The Mayfair Chippy | 14 North Audley St | Mayfair | London | W1K 6WE
Disclaimer: We were kindly discounted our meal by The Mayfair Chippy. However, all views, opinions and photos, unless otherwise stated are my own and remain a trademark of the Curious Pixie.
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