Monday, May 07, 2007

Fish and Chips at the Edinburgh Castle in San Francisco

Wrapped in Newspaper & Delivered from the Chippy round the corner

picture photograph fish and chips at the Edingurgh castle san francisco copyright of sam breach http://becksposhnosh.blogspot.com/

If you are hankering for some British-style fish and chips, The Edinburgh Castle at 950 Geary serves them up in newspaper every day from 5pm to 11pm. That they are wrapped on delivery gives the supper that authentic whiff of steaminess essential to the fish and chip experience. The chips are thick and taste of real potato - as they should - no crispiness expected or provided. The somewhat bland fish pieces have less character than you would find in the same meal on the other side of the Atlantic, but once doused in vinegar and dredged in salt, you can almost imagine it's the real thing.

In Britain, newspaper was actually banned as a wrapping for fish and chips in the 1980s so this is a real treat. There is a good entry on Wikepedia that explains everything you need to know about this well-loved British dish.



This review was a first impression
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Resources
The Edinburgh Castle Scottish Pub in San Francisco at 950 Geary
Wikepedia entry Fish & Chips

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Fish and Chips at the Edinburgh Castle in San Francisco

27 Comments:

  • At 8/5/07 08:20, Blogger Beccy said…

    I tried fish and chips here on Friday, whilst the fish was OK it was nowhere near comparable to fish back home.

     
  • At 8/5/07 08:53, Blogger Pille said…

    You confused me with the title for a second:) I'll be having fish&chips near THE Edinburgh Castle in early June - cannot wait!!

     
  • At 8/5/07 08:58, Anonymous C(h)ristine said…

    Oh yay! I missed getting fish and chips while in London a couple months ago--and I have been full of regrets. I will be checking this out soon. Thanks for the heads up, Sam.

     
  • At 8/5/07 09:15, Anonymous alison said…

    haven't been to s.f.'s edinburgh castle for a while but must pop down for some fish and chips now that you have me thinking of them.....perhaps once the weather has cooled down...

     
  • At 8/5/07 09:42, Blogger MissEm said…

    In Dublin, they have great fish and chips made with lightly smoked fish. So delicious!

     
  • At 8/5/07 11:18, Anonymous Barbara said…

    Gtrrr. Now I want some fish and chips!

    And there isn't any near me!

    ARGH!

     
  • At 8/5/07 11:21, Blogger ChrisB said…

    I think the English F&C are not as they used to be; with the shortage of cod, you can never be certain what you will get. Sam next time you visit we will have fish and chips!

     
  • At 8/5/07 13:04, Anonymous Ms. Glaze said…

    Just curious as to why they banned using newspaper to roll the fish and chips up in. Is it toxic or just a waste of paper?

    I love the Edinburgh Castle. They used to put on plays there that were fantistic.

     
  • At 8/5/07 14:46, Blogger cookiecrumb said…

    Great description, Sam. The whiff of steaminess, no crispness expected. That really informs me. I get it.

     
  • At 8/5/07 16:54, Blogger Vanessa said…

    In the late 80's when we lived in The City, I use to get F&C at Liverpool Lil's which was located just outside the main gate to the Presido. Now that I've had F&C in London I realized it is the batter that makes the difference...I think it might be baking soda? But Liverpool Lil's did have excellent bloody marys!

     
  • At 8/5/07 17:23, Blogger Dagny said…

    Whenever I go to Edinburgh Castle, I always forget to order the fish and chips. Thanks for the reminder.

     
  • At 8/5/07 20:44, Blogger Catherine said…

    God, I haven't been there in decades! Good chips...are you really sure they're good?

     
  • At 8/5/07 21:42, Anonymous Eric said…

    I was just there the other night! But I didn't order fish and chips. Was instead enjoying the almost chocolatey Kilt Lifter, which was pretty tasty. I will have to try the fish and chips on the next visit :)

     
  • At 9/5/07 02:36, Blogger Gemma said…

    You threw me for a second there as well - I thought you were visiting my city! Newspaper wrapped fish and chips is sorely missed. In Edinburgh fish and chips comes with salt and sauce instead of vinegar. Chippy sauce is a concoction of mixed vinegar and brown sauce, sounds revolting but tastes and smells amazing. I still love salt and vinegar though.

     
  • At 9/5/07 09:41, Blogger wheresmymind said…

    Gotta have vinegar if you have fish/chips!

     
  • At 9/5/07 09:56, Blogger FINICKY said…

    Sam:
    Try Piccadilly Fish & Chips on Polk Street. It is the sister restaurant of the place that provides them for Edinburgh Castle.

     
  • At 9/5/07 09:58, Blogger Brooke said…

    So Jealous!! I always have a hankering for fish and chips on Friday nights, because that's what we always did when I was a kid. Too bad there is nowhere near me to have any :( Oh, and I always have to make a chip butty too!

     
  • At 9/5/07 16:23, Anonymous Marsha said…

    Wow I haven't had fish and chips in years!

     
  • At 10/5/07 05:34, Blogger Jennifer said…

    Yummy, I love fish and chips, a weekly treat here in cardiff, UK.
    It tastes about a thousand times better if you eat it walking on the beach in the evening with a wooden pronged fork thing and salty air blowing through your locks, oh and some Heinz tomato sauce of course!!
    Although the most popular thing here is chicken curry and chips, the best of which you can buy in Dorothy's chipshop on Caroline street, near cardiff centre, great after a night of drinking!!

     
  • At 10/5/07 09:17, Blogger Sally Lomax said…

    So what fat do they use to cook the chips? And are the chips good. I so often find that the chips just aren't good!

    Shame about the newspaper. There was nothing like it!

     
  • At 10/5/07 20:52, Blogger Sam said…

    Hi everyone - thanks for all your comments.

    Of course these fish and chips did not live to my best ever memory of fish and chips but I didn't reallyy expect them too.

    But they did satisfy me in a way. Especially the chips.

    About those chips - I am not sure which oil they were fried in (I heard coconut was the best). The potato is different to england - I didn't expect fred to like them - they are nothing like french fries - but he did.

    i wouldn't rush there often, but certainly once in a while.

     
  • At 12/5/07 07:00, Blogger Douglas Cress said…

    Nothing like F & C - delivered in newspaper for that authentic feel.

     
  • At 12/5/07 10:23, Blogger Trig said…

    Almost like being back home I bet. Well, almost!

     
  • At 13/5/07 04:14, Anonymous Helen said…

    I went to a wedding on Friday evening. It was a really lovely event and so different from any other wedding I have ever been to. The party was on Brighton pier in the south of England. And the food was fisn and chips! The tables were adorned with ketchup, vinegar, brown sauce and tartare sauce and we all had fish chips and peas followed by ice cream. It was genius, although the bride said her dress did get a little too tight after 1/2 a fish! But we danced off the excess as the sun set over the sea!

     
  • At 14/5/07 13:07, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If you ever find yourself in SoCal, particularly Santa Monica, you must go to Ye Olde Kings Head. The Queen order of fish and chips is great, and there is always a bottle of malt vinegar on the table.

    I must go back and do a review at www.restaurantreviewworld.com

     
  • At 20/5/07 08:11, Blogger Stockton said…

    Fish and Chips - great to see so many people across the pond talking about it - it really is a timeless classic over here and hopefully it will never die out. I have a 'chippy' (as called in yorkshire' at the top of my street and come days, if the wind is right, the smell of the food carries down. Certainly makes it hard to not to pay them a visit! Great post!

     
  • At 21/5/07 16:32, Blogger Cate said…

    Growing up, I spent two years living in Woking, and one of my fonder memories is getting fish and chips on newspaper with a splash of malt vinegar. Mmm...

     

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