Fish and Chips Over the Pond


On a recent trip to London I had the opportunity to eat…a lot. One dish I HAD to try while I was there were the fish and chips. Though it is served everywhere, it isn’t edible everywhere. So I stalked researched all the recommendations and ate more than my fair share but one stood above the rest. Drum roll please….

Golden Hind
73 Marylebone, London, UK W1U 2PN

The restaurant had a diner feel with a comfy, no-frills atmosphere. The menu was what you would expect: fish and chips. What I wasn’t expecting were the choices. You could order cod or haddock and have it fried or steamed. They also offered cod fishcakes, salmon, plaice and skate.

First up was the classic fried cod with mushy peas and chips. This was giant piece of fish that was perfectly breaded with no pockets of nothingness (I hate biting into a piece of empty breading!). I feel like I am getting the old bait and switch – pun intended. The fish was really yummy on its own but much better with a drizzle of malt vinegar or a dollop of tartar sauce. Yes, I did them both. Had to. Just HAD to. I was a little skeptical about the mushy peas. I kept picturing a jar of Gerber baby food. Well, I am glad I put contempt aside and gave them a try. They were the consistency of mashed potatoes, and tasted like peas but so much more. There was  savory, comforting taste to them. The chips were large like the steak fries we get here in the states. Crisp on the outside but soft and tasty on the inside.  

Next up was a healthier option. When my daughter ordered the salmon and green peas I looked at her like she had just ordered a hamburger at a steakhouse.  WHAT? Oh well, choose your battles right? I was almost jealous when it arrived. The salmon was cooked perfectly and seasoned in a way that allowed the salmon to steal the show. And those peas! Sweet and mellow little bubbles of goodness. 

Great meal for a great price. If you are ever in London I say get your hind over to the Golden Hind for some fish and chips.

Dawn Fisher

I have called Dallas my home for many years. This is a perfect city for a foodie. There are always new restaurants and food events going on. I was born in San Antonio, TX. The Texas hill country will always have a place in my heart. When I was young, I spent every summer at my grandparent’s house in a small town north of Corpus Christi. They owned a restaurant and I spent many hours in that restaurant enjoying the food and the people. On Monday’s, when the restaurant was closed, my grandparent’s and I would drive to all the small towns and try new restaurants and visit some old joints. I learned to not only appreciate food as life-sustaining but also as a form of conviviality and fellowship. I love traveling and immersing myself in the food and culture. I have been blessed to travel to Europe and many places stateside. When I am not teaching school, I am busy whittling away at my restaurant bucket list, updating my food and travel blog, Fenomenale, writing travel experiences for Guidrr and spending time with family and my sweet dog. I am pumped to be joining Girls on Food. So let’s have fun and eat it up!