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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Golden Union

Fish and chips

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. Golden Union in Soho couldn't be further from this, and that's what makes it one of the best chip shops around. With the Queen's Diamond Jubilee coming up this summer, there's more interest than ever in this most quintessential of British meals.

The menu contains only the freshest fish and every order is cooked individually which can mean waiting a few minutes for your takeaway, but it's worth the wait. We opted to eat in at the retro-style dining area, which was absolutely packed, even on a rainy midweek evening. We chose the battered haddock and plaice, both served with chips and side orders of mushy peas and tartare sauce.

The flaky haddock was perfectly cooked; the batter dry and crisp and not at all greasy, while the plaice packed quite a punch with strong, bold flavours. The chips were soft and fluffy and served in large portions, and everything was rounded off perfectly with the homemade mushy marrowfat peas. A classic combination. You just can't have fish and chips without peas!

Golden Union is also licensed to sell alcohol, provided you're eating in, which definitely sets it apart from the average neighbourhood chippie.

Golden Union 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!
38 Poland Street W1F 7LY
Average price for main meal: £9
Average price for glass of wine: £5
Food/drink: 4/5
Service: 3/5
Value: 4/5

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