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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
On our very first whirlwind trip to London we only had a day and a half to see the sights. So we arranged to hire a car and driver to maximize our experience. Before even flying over there I sent our driver---Nick Wilson---a list of "must sees and dos" and one of those was to dine at the best, genuine fish and chips place around.
Without hesitation Nick, who by the way was an outstanding guide, drove us to Richmond and deposited us at the Quality Fish Bar. Nothing fancy, mind you, but Nick swore by the place.
This visit came in mid-November and it was cold outside. The restaurant had small gas heaters stationed strategically around but it was still chilly enough that some diners chose to keep their coats on.
The fish and chips were sensational. Some of the best we've ever had in the U.K. in all of our visits. We really need to get back there next time we're in London!
The fish to order here is plaice. It's a flat, flounder like fish found in the North Atlantic. It is battered and deep fried to golden perfection. That's what we both had. It is nearly law that your fish must be accompanied by "chips" in England. Those are thick wedges of French fries. Malt vinegar is always on the table and be sure to try the "mushy" peas. They're just regular green peas mashed up. Some hate 'em. I personally like them. In fact a supermarket in our area stocks cans of them from the U.K. and I've got several in the pantry right now.
Above and beyond this great little restaurant, Richmond is a beautiful little burb with lots of greenery and a refreshing rural feeling.
The Quality Fish Bar also offers take-a-ways and is located at 18 King Street in Richmond.
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