It was quite exciting to hear that a new and modern and highly rated fish and chip shop had opened in West London. The small space at Kerbisher & Malt in Hammersmith (really in between Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush) was fresh and brightly lit and very welcoming. Early one Saturday evening, a last minute decision to eat out rather than stay in had us visiting; all the round tables were already full, the large communal table was fully booked, and we only just managed to grab one of the counter tables for two right by the window. They aren’t the most spacious of counters but they do offer a fantastic view of…the road. OK, the pavement and road and yes, there was some good people watching to be had. Snag your seat and then place you order at the cashier at the back; the meals will be brought to you at your seat.
We split a cod and chips (£6.90 + £1.80) as it felt like the right thing to do, trying a classic. Sure the piece of fish wasn’t as large as what you’d get at other chippies but it was a fine piece of fish and from sustainable sources too. Other options for your piece of fish include grilling or frying in matzo meal. The double-fried chips were fantastic, all craggy and crispy, just the way I like them.
A generous bowlful of calamari (£4) fried with a matzo meal coating were fresh and delicious. There was some cayenne in the coating for sure as our tongues would occasionally burn from a bit of the spice that hadn’t been evenly distributed.
The fish bites (£3.50) we ordered turned out to be cod also and were larger than I expected. Like the calamari, they were also fried with a matzo meal crumb. Whoever’s frying back there in the kitchen really knows what they’re doing as nothing we had was greasy and everything was perfectly crisp. Mushy peas (£1.60) and tartare sauce (50p) are absolutely essential to us and they couldn’t be left out of our order. The tartare sauce was good homemade stuff and was of just the right level of chunkiness for dipping.
Two Cokes (95p each) and two orders of Jude’s ice cream (£1.95 each – they were just ok) made up the rest of our order and brought our bill to just shy of £25. I’m keen to return to try their pickled onion rings, whitebait and fish finger butty. Oh, and their fish burger – I do love a good fish burger. With these prices, something tells me I’ll be working my way through their menu over the next year.
They offer takeaway too with the majority of their customers opting for that.
Kerbisher & Malt
164 Shepherds Bush Road
London W6 7PB