10 November 2015
Poppies, Spitalfields – 13 years living in the UK and now when you say Friday, I think fish and chips. But it need not be a Friday for fish and chips; certainly so, for Poppies. This place is filled almost every day of the week. Families, friends and even, tourists. And this is because of the glamour of Poppies merit.
The interior is very simple but there it lots to look at; the wall space is not wasted. Populated with photos, miniature soldiers statues and cockney rhymes were engaging. Poppies exudes a strong takeaway setting with seating. The jukebox, the polka-dot uniformed waitress with their head ribbons have the air of an American diner. But Poppies is truly British. It dates back to 1945, just after the second world war.
Fish at Poppies is all sustainably sourced. The choices include cod, haddock, halibut, skate, rock, mackerel, lemon sole and plaice (from £11.90). Favourite scampi and calamari (from £8.90) is also on the menu. Because Poppies is more than just a fish bar there is a choice of roasted chicken (whole chicken at £17.90, half at £10.90 and quarter at £7.90), sausages and pies (from £7.90). Children meals are offered at just under £5.00.
To satiate the sweet tooth, some very classic British puddings such as caramel sticky toffee pudding, apple pie and ice-cream (junst under £5.00) look very tempting but we decided to watch the waistline for now.
small cod fish and chips £11.70 – small is a good description, especially when taking the price into account. Good quality fish with a rather average batter, only a bit better than yer average chippy really. Chips were fairly good but again, unremarkable.
hot seafood platter £14.95 – with whitebait, squid rings, cod fillets and scampi – a largish platter for one but a good share for mum and I. I thought it would be a good summary of what Poppies do. It was almost everything on the plate. Very nice cod fillets, squid rings were a little rubbery, scampi was good but we were not crazy about the fried whitebait.
Poppies is not cheap. Our bill came to just under £25 - £30 for two people. And that did not include drinks. I would be happy to dine here again. Especially so because I missed their famous jellied eels. Anyone had that?
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