During a ten day trip to London, I was able to experience many different dining options. From staying at the hotel and enjoying the appetizers in the executive lounge to a dinner picnic in Hyde Park to high end restaurants with dress codes, I enjoyed every meal I had. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing my thoughts on a handful of our dinners. Why not start with a restaurant that serves what many of us consider to be traditional British food? Poppies
My husband and I went to their Soho location on a Tuesday evening. We arrived at 7:30 pm to a half full restaurant. We were seated immediately, given menus, and had our water glasses filled. With a plan of eating fish and chips for dinner, deciding on a dinner was simple. Although it didn’t take long, the bigger decision was my beverage.
When our server returned, we were ready. I opted for a Wyld Wood Organic Cider. My husband chose his regular cocktail of choice, an old fashioned. As for meals, I told our server that I wanted the regular sized fish and chips, choosing cod. He then suggested the haddock, which was a fine suggestion for me. My husband ordered the same meal, except in the large size.
Our drinks were delivered within minutes, and our entrées arrived in ten to fifteen minutes. Poppies did not fail to please. My fish portion was decently sized. Even better, neither the fish nor the chips were greasy. The fish had a coating that clung nicely to the fish and was light yet quite crisp. The fish was moist and tender.
The chips were also quite enjoyable. I far prefer chips that are crunchy instead of tender. At least half of the chips I received were in that category, which worked well. With such a big serving of fish, I definitely did not have the appetite to eat all of my chips.
In addition to enjoying good food and beverages, we were pleased with the service. The staff made sure we had everything we needed and definitely guided us well with the menu.
If you are looking for a place to try fish and chips while in London, I would highly recommend going to Poppies.
If you are looking for fish and chips in the Boston area, check out this review from the wayback time machine.