Kerbisher and Malt Ealing

October 16, 2012

Waiting for the feast

Still reeling from the carb overload last night. We ate out as the kitchen is being attacked by builders and we have a mission to support local restaurants. This new fish n chips place is restaurant first and take away after. Lovely feel to the place with large tables for groups to sit round, waitresses in gallic blue stripey tee shirts and free flowing wine. Or was that just us?

As a non fish eater my selection for mains was limited to veggie burger, but the others had ludicrous amounts of calamari and whitebait to start then pollock, cod or hake with chips. Fish comes battered, crumbed or grilled and the sides did have salad listed but none of us went healthy. It was chips, mushy peas, coleslaw and the biggest onion rings the world has ever seen. Plus I had white sliced bread and butter to make my butty. Oh joy. Crispy batter, proper chips, great mushy peas. And those onion rings. What’s not to love? I’d thought I’d have an ice cream too as it looked really nice, but I just couldn’t move. Still can’t 12 hours later.

Definitely worth going – even on a Monday evening it was busy and buzzy, but share your dishes. The speedy service means you can easily order more if it’s not enough.

Huge fan of GBK the first few times I went. Tastiest burgers made of great beef, nice rolls, great chips. The last couple of times I’ve been though, they have been a bit of a disappointment. I couldn’t decide if it was that I expected too much – overhyped them somehow. But now, on this third time of finding them not as good as they used to be, I think I’m leaving them and going elsewhere.

Don’t get me wrong. They are still good. Just not great any more. Could it be that now they are completely owned by Nandos’ that quality has been sacrificed? Three of the four of us were underwhelmed – a lamb burger, a beef satay (had to be sent back as cold) and mine a ‘Don’. The one of us who opted for the TaxiDriver was well chuffed.

Chips were crisp and dips packed a punch. Pinot grigio was a bit acidic, but daughter’s elderflower and mint  fizz was surprisingly refreshing.

Service was easy and pleasnt, if a little over eager to clear the plates. But it’s not cheap. So it’s going to be a Byron’s next time. Or maybe a return to Kerbisher and Malt….

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