The idea of writing this Fish and Chips guide came about during the “Circuit Breaker” period, as I had mad cravings for deep-fried food, and surprisingly some of those takeaways stayed crisp and tasty.
The Fish and Chips dish originated in England itself, and two of its main ingredients were introduced by immigrants – an example of culinary fusion.
For this listicle, I wanted to include a range from hawker stalls, cafés, seafood restaurants (of course), to Fish & Chips speciality stores. Sorry if your favourites are not in.
There were a few more I would have wanted to include, such as Captain Snapper at habitat by honestbee and Fisherios at Takashimaya, but they have unfortunately closed.
The English House by Marco Pierre White
28 Mohamed Sultan Rd, Singapore 238972
Tel: 65 6545 4055
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Fri), 8:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Sat), 8:30am – 8pm (Sun)
Inspired by colonial Singaporean heritage, The English House is an elegant house and restaurant with private dining rooms helmed by renowned Celebrity Chef, Marco Pierre White.
The place is dramatic, accentuated with glimmering candles and black and white photographs by Terry O’Neill, a British photographer renowned for documenting the style and fashion of the 1960s.
This is quite the place for a date night.
Somehow, I had the impression that their Fish & Chips was very expensive, but was pleasantly surprised that they switched the type of fish and price has become more ‘friendly’ (Previously, the Fried Fillet of English Turbot was $98 which could have made many diners hesitate to depart with that kind of money.)
The Beer Battered Haddock Fillet ($38) is served with triple cooked chips, butter mushy peas and tartare sauce.
Worthy of mention is that the haddock is flown in from Europe fresh every week, while the chips are made from British potatoes sourced from Yorkshire.
I found this plate quite a complete and all-rounded one – crispy batter, fresh tasting fish, and those flavourful mushy peas were also a highlight.
Oh yes, limited quantities, so pre-order is recommended.
Lad & Dad
7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-108 Singapore 081007 (Tanjong Pagar Station)
Tel: +65 92477385
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Sat), Closed Sun, Mon
From Maxwell Food Centre to a stand-alone shop at Tanjong Pagar, Lad & Dad has come a long way.
Their best-selling Fish & Chips ($16) is included with beer-battered Atlantic haddock, mushy peas, straight cut chips and accompanied with tartar sauce.
The batter was the winning component for me, coming in that delectable golden-brown shade. When you cut across with the knife, there would be that light sound of tantalising crunch.
Fish was fresh and flaky, and almost all the components from the peas to tartar sauce worked well together.
The fries could be the weaker link – not that it was bad or anything, it was probably just above the average.
Smiths Authentic British Fish and Chips
271 Bukit Timah Road, #01-02 Balmoral Plaza, Singapore 259708
Tel: +65 6737 9313
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 10:30pm (Sat), 12pm – 8pm (Sun)
This is one of the few British-style Fish & Chips shops in Singapore that has been around since 2010.
However, do note that this is a self-serve joint (order via counter and collect after buzzer sounds), so don’t expect restaurant-type service here, even though prices are slightly on the high side.
Their extensive menu offers the usual the famous British signatures, such as North Sea cod, haddock, plaice, halibut, battered sausages, mushy peas, curry sauce, pickled eggs, and chips.
Items such as fish, fishcakes, sausages and scallops are all cooked in their home-made batter which is made fresh every day with a secret recipe.
The Cod or Haddock Chips ($22 for small, $25 for large) comes with chips or salad, fried in quality refined palm oil, to give a more authentic British taste accordingly.
I personally thought that the fish could do with slightly more seasoning, but there was vinegar and salt on the side which you could add a little of.
What I liked with their thick-cut chips, made fresh in-house and not too greasy.
Molly Malone’s Irish Pub
56 Circular Rd, Singapore 049411
Tel: +65 6536 2029
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 12pm – 10pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Not quite right if I don’t include an Irish pub in this list. Molly Malones is a popular Irish restaurant and bar near Boat Quay, known for its Dublin Bay Fish & Chips, Bangers & Mash, Bavette Steak, Guinness Pie and light bites.
The Molly’s Famous Fish & Chips ($20) has white fish fillet coated with Mammy Molly’s batter and deep-fried until golden brown.
While slightly oily, the batter had a delightful golden-yellow crunch which I loved. Fish was also tender and juicy – one of the more memorable one I had.
This is served with chips, fresh lemon and tartare sauce.
Tip: Come during weekday lunch or Tuesday, pay just $14++ for the Fish and Chips, and this also includes bottomless soda.
The Market Grill
208 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068642
Tel: +65 6221 3323
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 10pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
While The Market Grill is inspired by traditional old-style butcheries and diners and is best known for its burgers and steak.
Celebrated dishes include its signature flown-in live Boston Lobsters and other fresh seafood offerings such as the Fish & Chips ($28).
This dish uses a locally-sourced grouper (generous 200 to 220 gm of fillet) while the batter is made with craft tap beer.
The fish is best paired with house-made tartare sauce – which they pickle with their own onions and ginger to give it a slightly different dimension, pickles, and raisin caper pesto sauce for those with a sweet tooth.
Greenwood Fish Market
34 & 38 Greenwood Ave, Singapore 289236
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Established in 2003, Greenwood Fish Market has become the go-to neighbourhood destination for a seafood fix.
Expect a wide selection of the freshest catch of the day – up to 30 varieties to choose from.
Both a retailer and family-run restaurant, it also serves Western-style seafood-based starters, pastas & risotto, soups & salads, burger & rolls, pizzas, and mains.
Their House Fish & Chips served with calamansi vinaigrette salad ($19.95) uses a custom blend of three flours developed by their founder, using a top grade catfish (there are also choices of other fish fillets).
The House Fish & Chips are only $11.50++ for takeaways, while Barramundi and Snapper options are at $16.50++ each.
Fish & Chicks
Blk 531 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, #01-2429 Happy Hawkers, Singapore 560531
Tel: +65 9828 3490
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Fish & Chicks made some waves on social media a few years ago with their Salted Egg Yolk and Chilli Crab Sauce Fish and Chips.
Their all-time favourite is the Best Of Both Worlds ($14.80) with both Salted Egg and Chilli Crab Sauce paired with Fish & Chips.
Some may think it is pricy for a coffeeshop stall.
All their special Fish & Chips sets come with fries and a choice of sides such as Onion Rings, Coleslaw, Mashed Potato, Cheese Pasta and BBQ Baked Beans.
All in all, I liked that the fish and chicken came in reasonably big portions, and interesting sauces made from scratch.
Perhaps with a number of branches, consistency can be a challenge which the team would need to work on.
Big Fish Small Fish
200 Victoria Street, Bugis Junction 04-05, Singapore 188021
Tel: +65 9438 7623
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Despite being a relatively new brand just 3 years in the market, Big Fish Small Fish expanded a far bit from being small shop at Punggol Container Park.
It currently has outlets at Northpoint City (South Wing), Bugis Junction (#04-05), Tampines Mall (#B1-K3), Tampines Mall (#B1-K3) and JCube (#03-07/08).
People come here for its variety and friendly vibes.
For their Fish & Chips, choose a main such as Dory ($10.80), Haddock ($18.80), Salmon ($17.70), Halibut ($15.60), Sea Bass ($14.40), Hoki ($13.20), included with skin-on fries or sliced potato crisps.
There are also two add-ons such as mint mushy peas, coleslaw, mashed potatoes and garlic toast.
The other highlight is also free flow sauces and dips available, though I thought that the salted egg sauce was slightly ‘faint’.
Fresh fish (I had the sea bass) had not too oily batter, though only some of the chips in the same bag were crisp.
Oriole Coffee + Bar
96, #01-01 Somerset Road, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, Singapore 238163
Tel: +65 6238 8348
Opening Hours: 10am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
The Oriole experience is about serving specialty coffee along with global fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, making it an all-day, every day café destination at Orchard Road.
The Ginger Ale Fish & Chips ($22++) is one of its signatures, of battered snapper fish with tartare sauce, lemon and chips.
There was a good crisp on the batter, while the fish was firm and tender. However, there was once I had rather dry ones, so perhaps better consistency would have been ideal.
Blk 11 Telok Blangah Crescent Food Centre #01-122, Singapore 090011
Tel: +65 9198 7477
Opening Hours: 3pm – 1am (Mon, Tues, Thurs), 3pm – 2am (Fri, Sat), 3pm – 12am (Sun), Closed Wed
There are many Western food hawker stalls in Singapore serving not-bad versions of Fish & Chips, but I thought of giving some highlight to Rejoicings – which is not all that well-known, hidden at Telok Blangah Crescent Food Centre.
There are a couple of fish dishes on its menu such as Fish & Chips ($6), Grilled Fish & Chips ($6) but what you should order should be the Crispy Battered Fish and Chips ($8).
Yes, at $8, this seems to be higher priced than the average stall.
There was something crunchy, light and airy about the batter with buttery fragrance, that made the piece crisp even after dabao.
This is quite a good find, plus the stall opens till 2am on certain nights.
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