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|Address:||20 Mount Street, London W1K 2HE|
|Tel:||020 7495 7309|
|Price: £64.00||Wine: £26.00||Champagne: £63.50|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-10.30pm (Sun -10pm)|
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The other day I read in a newspaper a list the places serving best fish and chips in Britain.
On Saturday I was telling a friend about this list and made the comment that in my view the best fish and chips in the land are to be had at Scott's.
He was somewhat dubious about my claim and started rambling on about some establishment on the Orkney Islands that he had been to thirty years before.
In order to cut short what seemed set to be a long reminiscence I interjected, I said that there then I would take him to Scott's, thus proving my point.
I telephoned Scott's and managed to get a couple of seats at the bar.
We arrived there half an hour later.
The place was packed.
There was however a table for two that was sitting there empty and they were delighted to let us ‘upgrade’.
Bread arrived almost instantaneously, this followed by the most delicious butter, probably whey.
The bread is fabulous, so much better than it is possible to buy from any London bakery that I can find.
We ordered an English Pilsner beer each – the only type that they sell, and then gave our order for halibut in batter sitting on a bed of mushy peas with chips on the side.
After a few minutes of conversation about the recession and how it was packing out London restaurants – and theatres, our order arrived and it was unexpectedly accompanied by a sauce-boat of tartare.
We ordered two more beers and then started.
The fish batter was really well cooked, not too hard, just right. The halibut inside the batter was full of flavour and the portion size big,
The taste of the mushy peas had been so altered as to taste mainly of mint which was a relief as normally I find mushy peas unattractive to look at and perfectly vile to eat, These were delicious though, perhaps their colour was a little too sensational. The chips had clearly been twice fried and were as good as any obtainable in France.
The tartare sauce was obviously restaurant made, as was the bread.
The English pilsner was delicious.
We then ordered a plate of restaurant made chocolate truffles and two coffees.
Four pilsners came to just under £20.
Fish and chips for two £35.
Bread, coffee and chocolates and 12.5% ‘optional’ service charge came to about £20.
The bill was just over £75.
A quid under a saucer for the guy who has to clear the table, another to the hat-check lady and one for the doorman.
Apology from friend who had doubted me, free.
Chateau Tap, free
Feeling of immortality when hitting the street afterwards, 100%
Of all the restaurants in London none can beat the friendliness and efficiency of the staff, they are quite simply the top crew in London. I don't care what other reviewers say below, it has in more than ten visits never been my experience to have anything other than immaculate service.
I intend to keep on returning and returning.
As to the peroxided women, uncles with their nieces and Russians, as noted below, I have no idea whatsoever. I go to restaurants to eat and enjoy the company of my guest/s. People who go to celebrity watch and order obscure dishes of which they have no knowledge whatsoever and then out of tgnorance complain, deserve, in my opinion, everything they get.
The fact that the restaurant is open from noon until midnight makes it so very convenient and user friendly.
Too often one has been stuck in a meeting for hours and hours avoiding the M&S or Pret sandwiches.
The thought of a quick dish of a few razor clams at 3.30pm to tide one over until dinner is more than appealing, it is a must. Sadly it is not really possible to eat fish and chips so late in the afternoon, it is too filling, particularly if you have to eat again later.
It really has to be faced.
If you want good fish and chips you have to go to an up-market fish restaurant that has a proper chef who cooks everything from razor clams to lobster.
If however you want the very, very best, go to Scott's.
It really is a no brainer!