fried fish


My 2008 recap reminded me, I never did finish writing about my trip to London. And with all of my recent posts about fried stuff, how could I not post something about Rock & Sole? I know this place is a bit of a tourist trap, but don’t let that scare you away. The location is great, away from the shopping crowds of Covent Garden. In fact, take a look at this photo — the block it’s on is adorable. The funny thing is that it’s turning into a Little Tokyo on either side of R&S, not that you can tell from this shot.

There’s a lot of confusion about the seating. Tables are limited, and people tend to assume they can stand in line inside and eat their fish ‘n’ chips at one of the picnic-style tables. That would be a mistake. If you want to eat your meal in peace, take a seat at one of the tables and opt for table service. Share a table if necessary. By the way, it helps if you’re not in a big rush because they’re always busy, and flagging down a waitress can be tough.

I guess you could try to score a table inside when the weather isn’t so great, but it’s a lot more fun sitting outside. Still, there is a certain Old World charm about the place.

About the fish ‘n’ chips, this is my idea of perfect. It’s beautiful to look at and perfectly fried. Go heavy on the malt vinegar, and you’re in for a treat. Yeah, it’s pricey, but for me, a trip to London wouldn’t be complete without a trip (or two, like I did) to Rock & Sole Plaice.


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