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Tuesday, August 19, 2008


I'm not one to look behind I know that times must change
But over there in Barrytown they do things very strange

Dos Hermanos always get (over)excited when a new Chippy opens. Doubly so when the Chippy in question is but a short hop away in Stoke Newington.

The Fishery Fish Bar is as the name suggests a Fish Bar from The Fishery Fishmongers who have been selling Fish to the good people of N16 for many years. Ok, got that ? Now they’ve gone and got a bunch of twelve year olds to run the restaurant side of the operation. Well, they did look very young to an old fart like me.

It’s all nice and shiny and bright inside probably down to most of the staff gainfully employed in making it so. Reflecting the fact they probably want to attract the crowd from around the corner in Church Street and at the same time not alienate the locals the menu bravely covers all the bases with saveloys, pies and battered sausages for riff-raff like me and Lobster, Crab and Sea Bass for the lah-di-dahs. I was tempted by a Pukka Pie but instead took the middle ground and went for the usual Haddock and Chips - a good dish by which to judge the skill of the fryer.

My starter of Grilled Squid was fresh but came unscored and didn’t have much evidence of the grill which meant it was tough and rather dull to eat. The Haddock was much better. It was slightly overcooked but not disastrously so. You could taste the fish and the batter was light and crisp and had a good clean taste. Chips could have done with a bit more cooking but I still finished them all – which probably says more about me than the quality of the chips.

I was going to leave after my main course as the bottom-heavy aural background to my meal was getting on my nerves. It had been turned down on request but mysteriously the volume had crept up again. To make things worse the staff started singing along with the sounds of the Sixties. If you are of the opinion that anyone under the age of thirty should be seen and not heard then you will empathise.

However the nice young woman serving me persuaded me to stay and try the only pudding on offer. I’m glad I did, a Lemon Posset though a little fridge fresh was everything you’d want a Lemon Posset to be and could only have been improved by the addition of sack.

When the PA started blasting out Surfin’ USA with backing harmonies from the Fish Bar Crew I knew it was time to go. Still, if it’s ever busier than it was on my visit the staff might be distracted enough to keep quiet for five minutes and you’ll be able to enjoy some very decent Fish and Chips.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This article is obviously written by someone who is either 150 years old or is lacking a sense of humour!! Did someone remove your Intel Pentium fun chip as a child or are you always this miserable??! The fact that staff are enjoying themselves surely says that they enjoy what they're doing, would you prefer some sour faced old fart who quite possibly would spit in your food if you didn't say please and thank you??! I have no affiliation to this place at all, and frankly I think this is just a posh chippy but, the food is good, the staff are friendly and it makes a difference to all of the usual Stokey stiff upper lip people masquerading as Hampstead or Highbury wannabees.. Take a chill pill Hermano number 1, in fact are you really an Hermano, eres espanol?? yo creo que quieres serlo y no lo eres?! Un Saludo GALLEGO HASTA LA MUERTE!

Thursday, November 20, 2008 12:33:00 pm  
Blogger Hermano 1 said...

I always make an effort to answer our fans questions no matter how fucking stupid they are.


a) Yes, I'm always this miserable.

b) I'd prefer a less shit sound system when I'm eating or preferably no sound system at all.

c) No, I'm not Spanish - it's just a made name up for the blog.

Got that ? Good. Now piss off and go and pester another blog.

Best Wishes


Thursday, November 20, 2008 11:56:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmm, I now find you a little more interesting.. You obviously have a little fire in your belly! I think I may have hit a nerve..

Do you write your reviews for people to agree with you, or are you just a lonely guy searching for that little bit of fame that you so craved as a child?? Maybe you just weren't hugged enough as a child, or maybe an only child and accustomed to having everyone agree with you.

One thing I do know is that you're obviously not all that intelligent, because whilst I may have disagreed with your assessment of the fishery, I didn't get at all personal but you did.

So here goes, and I still wont get personal.. You write reviews in order for the paying public to have a recommendation from someone who eats out quite a bit, and on some of those reviews you are complimentary and on others not so.. Now how boring a world would it be "Hermanito" if people were not entitled to criticise you??!

You see, I came back to your blog to see if you had reviewed any new restaurants, not because I trust what you say but in order to get a varied opinion. But as you say I shall Piss Off and pester (not sure that I did) another blog!

Thank you for showing all your readers how much of a donkey you really are.

Ciao Ciao

Monday, March 02, 2009 3:26:00 pm  
Blogger Hermano 1 said...

Mate, judging by this psychobabble you’re in serious need of professional help.

In the meantime please could you stop stalking us.

Get well soon.


Monday, March 02, 2009 7:21:00 pm  

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