Pattaya Fish and Chip Shop Review

My origins lie in the North East of England where in my youth Fish and Chips were a staple food. Although I spent most of my early years living in Kuwait we returned at intervals to Durham and a regular once or twice weekly meal of Fish and Chips. I loved them then and I love them now. I consider myself an expert, perhaps the worlds expert (who knows?) on Fish and Chips.

The best I have tasted in the UK outside of the North East were in Rhos on Sea in North Wales and at a chippy close to Donna Nook in Lincolnshire. The best I have eaten outside of the UK were in Luang Prabang in Laos. In fact those Fish and Chips came very close to being the best I have eaten anywhere. Perhaps my taste buds were homesick.

I prefer cod for the fish and chips should be from real potatoes and not some chewed up reconstituted mush. The batter is all important too. Extras like mushy peas or scraps are all very nice in their way but should not deflect away from the two essential items.

I decided on a Pattaya Fish and Chip Shop Review in light of the fact that there are three different Fish and Chip Shops advertising their wares with regularity on Pattaya TV and Radio. They each make various claims which I thought important to follow up.

Most restaurants in Pattaya will serve Fish and Chips in any case and some of them are really quite good but for the purposes I am concentrating here on those establishments which specialise in the combination.

Jolly Friar Fish and Chip Meal

Jolly Friar Fish and Chip Review

'The Jolly Friar' is a fairly new Fish and Chip restaurant located on Soi Chayapoon. It is a neat clean and tidy establishment and very 'English' in appearance. There is both outside and inside dining. Most of the 12 tables will seat four people. The tables are all covered in clean blue and white tablecloths and the solid cuttlery is wrapped in matching blue napkins. A large flat screen TV showed the BBC news.

There was a choice of five different fish including Parrot Fish and these could all be had in either beer batter or bread crumbs. There was also fish cakes, scampi and a range of other English dishes and a good range of Thai dishes too.

As I aim to have consistency for comparison in the Fish and Chip restaurants I review I chose:

Cod in beer batter 250 grammes for 140 baht

Chips were sold separate which I think is a bit daft in a restaurant situation but as they came in three different portion sizes then perhaps not. There was small at 40 Baht, Medium at 50 Baht and 60 Baht for large.

I chose a medium portion and a pot of tea which was 40 Baht.

Service was surprisingly quick. The fish was well cooked in a nice crunchy batter. The chips were well cooked, perhaps a little too chunky for my tastes but there was plenty of them. Too many really because I left several on my plate. The dish was accompanied by a small dish of tartar sauce. There was a good range of other condiments on the table.

The bill came to 220 Baht.

Would I eat here again? Yes and I would recommend the establishment to others. This is an upper class English Fish and Chip restaurant uprooted and transplanted in Pattaya. It is the real thing. When I left each table had one or two people sitting at it which gives an indication that this place is quickly becoming popular.

Goose's Fish and Chip Meal

Goose's Fish and Chip Review

Geese Fish and Chips on Second Road between Soi 7 and 8 gives the appearance of coming out of the same fish and chip shop store as the Jolly Friar. It is different in appearance but only slightly so. There are 10 tables including those outside offering seating for perhaps 40 people.

Goose's is set a little back from the road and is quite easy to miss unless you are specifically looking for it. It needs something striking in the way of signage to draw attention. A goose perhaps.

Again a very clean establishment with nice crockery and tablecloths. Here though there were paper napkins as against the cloth ones in the Jolly Friar. The place did have a very 'seasidey' feel to it and I thought that the saucy postcards on the table were an amusing and original touch. There was no TV but the music was a nice mix.

Again there was a good range of fish on offer. Apart from the Cod these included Haddock, Pacific Dory and Turbot. There were a range of other dishes on offer too including Thai food.

My brief was to choose a meal as near as possible equivalent to that eaten in the Jolly Friar. There were two choices on the Cod. Cod Fillet at 295 or Cod Loin* at 270 Baht for a 200 gramme portion.

The difference here though was that chips were included in the meal and were not an extra. Plus there was a choice of two types of peas or beans included in the price. I ordered Tetley Tea for 40 Baht to wash the meal down. Again a small dish of Tartar sauce was included.

With my 40 Baht Tetley tea the whole deal cost 310 Baht. I consider this very expensive.

*Just what exactly is cod loin? I appreciate the term has crept into common usage these past few years but to me it fits into my 'leg of liver and cows wings' category. It just makes no real sense. Quadruped mammals and man have loins. Fish do not.

Village Chippy Fish and Chip Meal

The Village Chippy Fish and Chip Review

'The Village Chippy' is located just off 3rd Road in central Pattaya It is easily found. Head up from Soi Bukhao by way of either Soi Lengkee or Soi Chaiyapoon. Cross over the road and walk right. Shortly you will pass the Buffalo Bar. A lttle after this is the turning for the Village Chippy.

The Village Chippy is a much smaller establishment than the other two and a very much quieter location too. It is a very attractive little restaurant and much different in appearance to the other two. It is simpler but spotlessly clean. There is no inside seating so it is limited to ten people on four tables on the outside.

Again a range of different meals is available. For the purposes of this review I once again made a choice of the nearest equivalent. Here it was a medium Cod at 130 Baht. Once again the chips were an extra and there was a choice of two sizes. I went for the medium at 40 Baht.
Tetley tea for one was just 25 Baht here. Total cost then was 195 Baht and considerably cheaper than the other two.

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The Verdict

All three Fish and Chip restaurants were good and I would have no hesitation in recommending any of them. Price does however play a big part today and I thought that these were pricey.

The Fish in Jolly Friar was excellent as was the batter but the Chips were better at Goose's Fish and Chip Shop. The Village was ahead of Goose's battered Cod and better than the Jolly Friars Chips. 

Costs:

The Jolly Friar 220 Baht

Goose's 310 Baht

The Village Chippy 195 Baht

So they were all good but my first choice would be The Village Chippy because the meal was tasty, the price was right but mainly for one thing. Location! The Village is like being in another world. It as if Pattaya does not exist. Here all is calm relaxed and atmospheric. A great place to sit and eat.

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TravelinAsia 5 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

It was painful for me to read this Hub, I do love a good fish and chips. I am grossly overweight and I have recently decided to go on a diet, so I will not be able to try any of these places. But they look so good!

See how fat I am : http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=488069551518&set=a.393621311518.171008.598876518


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Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia Author

TravelinAsia - I could not manage to see your photo but appreciated the comment. I too am overweight but perhaps not grossly... yet.


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TravelinAsia 5 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

Peter,

As I said in the previous comment, I am grossly overweight so as much as I enjoyed the hub and would like to eat fish and chips, It doesn't fit into my diet. I will post another link to the photo, and I suggest you delete my previous comment in order to avoid an error for having a broken link.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=48806955151...


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Although I not from this country but I love fish and chips. Well done Peter.


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Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia Author

Hello, hello, - They go together so well. Thanks for reading.


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Edwin Clark 5 years ago from Thailand by way of New York

I'm a huge fan of fish and chips so I'll head over to Oh My Cod over in Khao San road once in awhile. They use real Atlantic Cod and the batter is to die for though the chips are a bit soggy there. I gave up on fish and chips in Pattaya after a few bad experiences, but after reading this hub I think I'll make my way to Village Chippy. BTW my first real British fish and chips experience was about 20 years ago in Newcastle and I gained about 2 kilos and worth it.


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Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia Author

Thanks Edwin. Yes I tried Oh My Cod once over it was good. Enjoy the Village Chippy. Watch your weight now ;-) But I daresay you could have it worked off you in the Castle next door. Never been there personally but I knew two girls who worked there.


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Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia Author

mwassoc - Thank you for your critical comment about Gooses which I have not published. Whereas I have no affiliation with any of the collections reviewed I feel that your visit was out of keeping with the usual high standard.


mwassoc 5 years ago

Thanks for letteing me know that you were not going to publish pubish my comments on Gooses. I trust that you have made enough visists there to know exactly what the usual high standard is? The meal you enjoyed, probably F.O.C. must have been much better than the one I paid for. As one, fair-minded, County Durham lad to another, my comments were not intended in a totally negative way. The only customer comments that of any value to any business are the negative ones! They can, if used correctly, help us get better. (And survive?) Only believiing the positive comments, especially if they are statistically weak, is a good way of going bust, without even knowing what is happening. If my money was invested there I'd thank people for the nice things they say. But I'd look very closely at the things about which they claimed to be unhappy. That's where the well focussed improvements are more likely to come from. Gaan Canny.


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Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia Author

mwassoc - Thank you. I have actually eaten at Gooses three times and been happy each time. I agree with you regards to negative and positive comments and if I knew you personally I may allow the negative through. The reason I didn't was that in some of my other Pattaya food reviews I have had hostile and unpleasant attacks on some of the places I have mentioned. Reading between the lines these have been written by the owners of rival establishments with the intention of not just causing problems but in some cases promoting their own places at the same time. I am not suggesting that this is the case with you but I find it best to err on the side of caution.

I trust you understand. There is another purpose built Fish and Chip Shop which I have yet to visit. Looking forward to including that one day. Meanwhile I love Thai Food.

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