No need to cross the ocean to get some good fish and chips: A Salt and Battery (a play on assault and battery) is probably your spot if you are craving this so British specialty..or if you are curious about trying some fried candy bars (I guess anything can be fried).
This is a very small joint with very few seats.
Menu wise, they offer different kinds of fish: cod and haddock that are the most common and that we tried, as well as sole. Unusual was to see scallops.
Less than ten minutes after we ordered at the counter, our order of cod, haddock and fries (the chips, sold separately) was ready. We decided to go with the regular size that was enough for us, but know that if you have a big appetite, they offer a large portion.
Do not expect them to serve the fish on newspaper there, health regulation probably prevents them from doing it (I do not need ink on my fish anyway). Both dishes came piping hot and I thought the regular portion was a good size. The batter was slightly greasy, but not soggy and was nicely golden. The fish was perfectly cooked and flakey. The ensemble was very good and well seasoned.
As far as the fries were concerned, they were good, but I prefer mine thinner and crispier. But don't get me wrong: I still enjoyed it.
But, what I was most curious to try was the deep fried lion bar. You my not know what a Lion bar is as I rarely see it in the U.S. Composed of filled wafer, caramel (32%), crisp cereal (26%) and Peanut Butter (14%) covered in milk chocolate (42%), it is fairly common in Europe where you can find different variety as well as cereals.
I waited until I finished my fish to ask them to make it, following their advice, as you want to eat it hot. When it came, it did not particularly look good, but I can tell you that the first bite was divine, as were the subsequent ones. Everything besides the wafer and cereal is melted and goes so well with the batter. This is definitely a must have.
I wanted to go to A Salt and Battery for a while now to try their fish and chips and was not disappointed. Would I go back? Definitely, not only for the fish and chips, but also to indulge with some other deep fried candy bars!
Enjoy (I surely did)!
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