The Sea Cow, SE22

fishandchipsweb 150x150 The Sea Cow, SE22I was beginning to think that the art of frying fish in a light batter had now solely become the preserve of uber-cool Japanese restaurants.  But just like a London bus, you wait ages for one and three great chippies come along at once! 

 

The formula for a good fish is so simple; a wonderfully light and crisp batter, whilst maintaining the delicious freshness and flavour of the fish inside.  Proper chunky chips with a fluffy inside are also a must and a good bowl of mushy peas completes what one could optimistically call a balanced meal!  Fortunately all 3 restaurants reviewed scored on all accounts.

 

Olley’s is considerate enough to cater for those on a proper diet or just after some good clean fish, with the option of having all of the food prepared grilled, steamed or served with an intriguing tomato sauce.  They also do the best mushy peas ever.  The interior is all wooden beams and furniture and almost makes you feels as though you are sitting in 17th century ship. 

 

Seafresh probably gets a little lost in its busy Victoria location, but the locals know exactly how good it is.  The eating area has a proper restaurant feel to it and the menu includes other traditional English dishes such as steak and an excellent fish pie.  The fish come in proper size portions without sacrificing any quality, whilst the real star is the scampi – easily the biggest and tastiest I have had in London.

 

The Sea Cow is a great addition to the understatedly cool Dulwich.  The interior is modern and clean and certainly has a real feeling of quality.  My only gripe is that the mushy peas are minted – a real spoiler personally, but that’s just me.  However, the wine is cheap and the fresh prawns with mayo were as plump, fresh and tasty as I’ve had anywhere.  Additionally, you can also buy fresh fish from their counter – the same fish they use in the restaurant, and a great sign of quality.

 

Olley’s

65-69 Norwood Road

SE24 9AA

Herne Hill

020 8671 8259

Meal for 2 (excluding drinks): £40

www.olleys.info

 

Seafresh

80-81 Wilton Road

SW1V 1DL

Victoria

020 7828 0747

Meal for 2 (excluding drinks): £40

 

The Sea Cow

37 Lordship Lane

SE22 8EW

Dulwich

020 8693 3111

Meal for 2 (excluding drinks): £32

www.theseacow.co.uk

minilogo The Sea Cow, SE22