I’m a big fish’n’chips fan. When I was in London, I made sure to get my fill of it, and ditto when I was in Australia. In both countries, I remember the fish to be juicy, cooked just until the meat’s translucence turned opaque. Fried in a crisp yet soft batter, the light coating crumbled delicately with every bite.
I’m overjoyed to have found a similar taste experience here in Manila.
At Fish & Co., their specialty is obviously, fish and other seafood. This casual dining restaurant is noted for their fish’n’chips (P350) done the traditional way or New York style (P415), which has Parmesan cheese. The restaurant uses dory fish, a deep-sea, big-eyed, silver fish; and yes, Nemo’s friend, for those of you who remember the movie.
Fish & Co. is part of the Italianni’s-T.G.I.Friday’s-Outback Restaurant conglomerate, so big “meant for sharing” servings are in the genes. Their fish’n’chips fillet is almost 10 inches long and 4 inches wide, topped with a dollop of lemon-butter sauce sliding languorously down the side. (If you’re curious, the New York version doesn’t taste all that different from the original). What adds to the appeal of the fish’n’chips is its being served in a pan, with the words “get hooked!!!” enthusiastically scribbled on the handle. (Made me wish I could scribble on my pan handles like that).
As the server sets down the fish’n’chips, she/he eagerly says, “And here’s our award-winning fish’n’chips! Enjoy your meal!” I had to admire their exuberance. The pan is set on a hot plate (trivet) that’s been specially carved for the restaurant. Made of light-hued wood, it’s so attractive that I would’ve liked to take it home with me. A trio of sauces (mayo, chili sauce, oil and garlic) is placed in the middle to mix and match as you please. My dad did, experimenting with his NY fish’n’chips and proclaimed the garlic sauce the best.
My mom ordered the Spaghetti Seafood Marinara (P435), which was satisfying, but not really as good as the seafood dishes. Boo was insistent on ordering the Chicken Peri-Peri (P385), so seduced was she by the full-color photo on the menu. It’s a dish that, stripped of its exotic name, is essentially two large chicken thighs grilled and served with rice pilaf, what the restaurant calls “seafood rice.” The Peri-Peri sauce is a simple creamy sauce that borders on cheesy and spicy. It’s a gratifying dish, good enough for two.
Other items on the menu that are worth a try include the seafood platters good for one/good for two; the calamari; and the mussels in garlic and lemon butter sauce. Most orders come with fries, but you can opt to change that with any of the other available sides such as the baguette (5 slices served with garlic butter), the aforementioned seafood rice, or buttered veggies. A restaurant is much more appreciated when it allows you choices, don’t you think?
An import from Singapore, Fish & Co. has also anchored in Malaysia, the Middle East, Australia, China, and Indonesia. True to its “fishy” theme, the restaurant is a mock set-up of a fish warehouse, replete with cheery hues of oranges, yellows, and blues. The servers wear black shirts sporting whimsical sayings such as “sole provider,” and “one bite n you’re hooked!”
Fish & Co.
3/F Greenbelt 3
Ayala Center, Makati
Check out Fish & Co,’s animated website