Fish & Chips by Des McDonald, City
Fish & Chips by Des McDonald is a posh, modern-day, neighbourhood fish and chip shop. Besides the perfect cod & chips, you can order oysters, sea bass a la plancha, shrimp burgers and old fashioned fish finger butties.
The new City location is tucked away in St Botolph Churchyard, just minutes from Liverpool Street, Moorgate and Bank stations.
The restaurant recently opened for breakfast from 8am daily and, when invited, I couldn’t wait to sample the food. The menu in the bright floor-to-ceiling windowed dining room offers everything from a Full English Fisherman’s Breakfast to Boiled eggs and ancient bread soldiers, Cornish crab and chilli eggs, Manx kippers, and Sausage & egg butties.
I was excited to see they had the classic breakfast Manx kippers on the menu – I have no idea why more places don’t offer these. The kippers came de-boned on toast with a poached egg and the perfect amount of horseradish. My breakfast buddie went for the full-blown Fisherman’s Breakfast (No fish! but Cumberland sausage, plum tomato, field mushroom, baked beans, eggs, and French toast), and he loved it. I had the Rare Tea Company English breakfast tea, while my friend had an Ozone coffee, and we both enjoyed a freshly squeezed orange juice.
This is a lovely restaurant with friendly staff and, as it’s slightly off the beaten track, it’s not excessively busy but has a nice buzz about it. I will definitely return for the Manx kippers again and have already recommended the breakfast menu to friends who work in the area.
I have also now been to the their branch in Angel for an evening meal and had an equally good experience – the cod and chips were delicious!
Manx Kippers on toast, horseradish & poached egg £8
The Fisherman’s Breakfast £11
Rare Tea Company Tea £2.50
Ozone Coffee £2.50
Cold pressed Juices £4.50
69 Old Broad Street