Oh My Cod!December 29, 2014
MalinsEven in a destination as far removed from the UK as Tokyo, good old fish n’ chips is renowned as one of British cuisine’s most identifiable and beloved dishes. But despite its crowd-pleasing reputation, the iconic combination has traditionally been rather hard to find in the Nippon capital, what with the Japanese having a penchant for their own myriad preparations of fresh fruits de mer. All that is set to change now, though, thanks to Dan Chuter, an expat so hell-bent on finding his hometown favourite that he’s gone and set up the city’s first ever chippy, Malins, naturally taking its name from the man who opened London’s flagship fish n’ chip offering in 1860.
True to the dish’s heritage, Malins is predominantly a grab-and-go operation, but there are a few high stools dotted about its intimate white-tile and newspaper-splattered countertop space, not to mention a few good reasons to dine it – like 12-year veteran chef, Scotsman Phillip Raeside’s locally caught cod, and Hokkaido potatoes expertly deep-fried and served piping hot. If the fish isn’t for you (the notion!) there’s a smattering of other cult UK faves – meat pies and battered sausages to name a couple – plus a curated list of Brit beers including Samuel Smith’s Organic Lager. Oh my, good cod!
7-12-3 Roppongi / Minato-ku / +81 3 5413 6851 / 11:00 am-9:00 pm daily / malins.jp