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Poppies has a chippie joint

One of the favourite take away options in Britain is definitely fish and chips. Churchill referred to them as the good companions. Thanks to the steady supply of the north sea and the British love for deep fried battered fish chippers are all around, the first chippy to open in London was thanks to Joseph Malin in 1860 located in the East End. Nowadays there are approximately 10k shops a third of the 1929 high of 35k shops. 

Traditional fish & chips
A place that caught my eye and wanted to try was Poppies Fish & Chips, located in Shoreditch near Spitalfields market. Restaurant / take away, big counter at the front but if you preferred you can sit, relax, and order inside. The newspaper chips are a big seller, every time I passed by I have seen people enjoying their chips served in a newspaper cone. 

The place
Take away
I got there after a night out in Brick Lane and ordered a cod and the newspaper chips. Loved the presentation, from the bag, the box, to the absorbent paper to catch the excess oil of the fried goods. The cod was surprisingly excellent, nice seasoning, good flavour, perfectly battered, on the other side the chips were not good, completely saggy, some sort of disappointment with that. 

Sneak peak
Fish and chips are definitely a national institution, plenty of options around town. Poppies is giving a nice battered fish, yet there is still room for improvement with the chips.

Cod time
Fish reminds me the Seinfeld episode “The Watch” 

Jerry: I can't believe I'm doing this. I never do stuff like this 
Naomi: Really? I give out my number to just about every customer who comes in here 
Jerry: Oh really? You don't seem that desperate 
Naomi: Oh yeah. Actually, I'm a little disappointed. I kind of had my eye on uncle Leo 
Jerry: Uh huh. Well uh, I'll give you a call, and thanks for the fish. By the way, you know why fish are so thin? 
Naomi: Why? 
Jerry: They eat fish

Poppies Fish and Chips
T: 020 7247 0892
Fish & Chips
Approx Damage: £10pp
Area: Spitalfields
Borough: Tower Hamlets
Twitter: popsfishnchips
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