Best Fish And Chips
Ah, the humble fish and chips.
Its undisguised simplicity makes it one of the more overlooked dishes, because no matter what you call it, or how you plate it, fish and chips is what it is - fried fish and fries. Perhaps because its ingredients are readily available, you’ll be able to bite into those crispy fried fillets almost anywhere, from hipster cafes to that one “Western” stall at hawker centres.
However, the well-travelled are privy to the fact that despite its ubiquitous presence here, it originated as a bar staple in the United Kingdom, and was once a stock meal of the working classes there. As a tribute to this modest English meal, we present to you a list of eateries that are checking all the right fish and chip boxes, and making it their own.
1. Oxwell & Co
We were pleasantly surprised by Oxwell & Co’s rendition of this famed English dish. The battered sea bass was so well seasoned that we didn’t even need condiments to enjoy this dish.
Read our full review of Oxwell & Co here.
Address: 5 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069688
Telephone: 6438 3984 | Open Tue to Sat 10am-late.
The renowned fish and chips joint from Hertfordshire, UK, has finally made its way to sunny Singapore. No fishy business here though, because things are going swimmingly - Murphy’s has been getting consistently good reviews on its Facebook page since its opening.
Murphy was recently featured in April 2015’s list of new cafe and restaurants.
Address: 532 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, #01-2495, Singapore 560532
Telephone: 6452 9863 | Open Mon to Fri 11am - 10pm; Sat & Sun 9am - 10pm.
3. Oriole Cafe + Bar
Oriole’s fish and chips are a perennial favourite with its patrons, and understandably so. Tender and well done, enjoy a piping hot plate of this bar favourite accompanied with some draft beer. Located at 313 Somerset, its centrality and accessibility earn it extra points too.
Address: 96 Somerset Road, #01-01, Pan Pacific Service Suites
Telephone: 6238 8348 | Open Mon to Thu 11am - 11pm; Fri 11am - 12am; Sat 10am - 12am; Sun 10am - 11pm
4. Smith’s Fish and Chips
Nobody does it better than the locals do, and Smith’s Fish and Chips is a testament to that axiom. Run by two Britons who aren’t afraid to delve into the nittiest and grittiest of details, you are now able to savour an authentic rendition of the ever-popular fish and chips that stays true to its English origins right here in Singapore.
Address: 230 Tanjong Katong Road
Telephone: 6345 9855 | Open daily from 12pm - 11pm.
5. Table Manners
The version of fish and chips served up here will send truffle addicts reeling with excitement. Two golden brown fillets are accompanied by a side of truffle-drenched fries, making this a surefire truffle-lover’s favourite.
Address: 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, #01-68/9, Singapore 486038.
Telephone: 6611 7669 | Open Sun to Wed 11.30am - 11pm; Thurs to Sat 11.30am - midnight.
6. Wok Inn Cafe
In the unassuming premises of a Toa Payoh hawker centre, you’ll find a gem of a fish and chips stall. The fish and chips offered here may appear modest, yet its taste is anything but. Battered to a delicious golden-brown, and costing less than $10, Cafe Wok Inn’s fish and chips has undeniably earned its way into this list of our favourites.
Address: Blk 125, Toa Payoh Lorong 2, Singapore 311125
Telephone: 9897 6118 | Open Mon to Sat 11.30am - 9pm.
7. Cups and Canvas
At Cups and Canvas, part of the fish and chips package is a kickass hipster setting. Enjoy your fish and chips and let your eyes soak in the vibrancy of the paint-splattered canvasses adorning the restaurant, or paint up a storm in the studio next door.
Address: 139 Selegie Road, Singapore 188309.
Telephone: 6884 6855 | Open Tue to Thurs 10am - 10pm; Fri 10am - 11pm; Sat 9am - 11pm; Sun 9am - 8pm.
8. Five and Dime
As with the above eateries, Five and Dime’s menu offers tender white fish meat encased within crispy, golden goodness that we all love so much. But the highlight of Five and Dime’s interpretation of this British dish is undeniably the handful of thick, hand-cut fries that come with the fried fish fillets.
Address: 297 River Valley Road, Singapore 2387338
Telephone: 9236 5002 | Open Mon to Thur 12pm - 10pm; Fri 12pm - 12am; Sat 10am - 12am; Sun 10am - 10pm.
9. Fish Tales
Located on the second floor of *Scape is Fish Tales, a restaurant dedicated to all things fish. That being said, it’s no surprise that they have several Fish and Chips options for you to choose from.
Just to name a few: cheese lovers can opt to have your battered fish and chips infused with a cheesey-goodness oozing with every bite. Chilli fanatics, on the other hand, can dive into a plate of fish and chips doused in a fiery Sambal sauce.
Address: 2 Orchard Link, #02-27/ #02-18B, Singapore 237978
Telephone: 6636 9960 | Open 12pm - 10pm daily.
10. Molly Malone’s
This Irish pub’s fish and chips are a must-try. Served piping hot with a side of thick-cut chips, Molly Malone’s reminds us that the best place to enjoy fish and chips is where it was originally meant to be enjoyed - not in some hipster cafe or restaurant, but in a pub with a couple of friends, knocking back some beers and generally, just having a jolly time.
Address: 56 Circular Road, Singapore 119411
Telephone: 6536 2029 | Open Mon 11am - 12pm; Tue to Sat 11am - 2am.
11. The Queen and Mangosteen
The fish and chips at The Queen and Mangosteen comes accompanied with a saucer of tartar dip that is flavoured with curry spices - a unique twist that reinvigorates the tried-and-tested dish.
Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk, Vivocity #01-106/ 10, Singapore 098585
Telephone: 6376 9380 | Open Mon to Thur 11am - midnight; Fri to Sat & Eve of PH 11am - 1am; Sun 11am - midnight.
12. District 10
District 10’s Hoegaarden Battered Fish and Chips is a crunch above all others. Served in traditional English style, that is, accompanied in a spinach-green mushy pea dip - this is one of the more authentic versions of fish and chips out there.
Address/ Opening Hours: Click here (http://www.district10.com.sg/) to locate your nearest District 10 branch.
13. The Little Fish Shop
It’s called the Little Fish Shop, but at this subsidiary of the Greenwood Fish Market, your choices are anything but. Depending on how padded your wallet is that day, you’ll be able to choose the fish - anything from the typical dory to premium choices like Swordfish or Halibut - to go with your chips.
Address: 23 Serangoon Central, Nex Mall #11-15/6, Singapore 556083
Telephone: 6634 7941 | Open daily 11am - 1130pm.
Rokeby’s fish and chips is joins the ranks of all-things beer-infused. Here, a pacific dory fillet is battered with Pure Blonde, an Australian beer. The taste of beer is mild - discernible, but not overpowering, and on the whole, makes for a very enjoyable and affordable plate of fish and chips.
Rokeby, true to its Australian-inspired roots, equips each table with a bottle of malt vinegar. Should you wish to dine in true Aussie style, simply drizzle some over your piping hot fish and chips.
Address: 9 Jalan Riang, Singapore 358972
Telephone: 9106 1137 | Open Tue to Sun 9am - 10pm.
15. I Am... Cafe
As the only cafe in Singapore to offer its patrons Halal versions of European dishes, I Am… shows us what it truly means to be a paragon of cosmopolitanism. Kudos to the people behind I Am... - it's about time we had a version of fish and chips that our Muslim friends can enjoy too.
Address: 674 North Bridge Road #01-01, Singapore 188811
Telephone: 6295 5509 | Open Mon to Thur 11.30am - 11pm; Fri & Sat 11.30am - 1am; Sun 11.30am - 11pm.
Fish and Chips All Day, Everyday
And there you have it - everything from the most authentic, to the most innovative is covered in this list. In short, we’ve done all the scouting, so you don’t have to fish around for the Bass any more.
Psst! If we’ve missed out your go-to fish and chips haunt, let us know in the comments below.