Of course, at CHIP SHOP BXTN you’ll find classic portions of (sustainable) Fish & Chips to eat in or take-away, but take a seat, check the Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner menus again and you’ll find a world of difference to the classic chippie.
Try the Scallops and Chorizo on a bed of Samphire, or the Cornish Crab and Rocket Salad. Ask for the wine menu. Check the brilliantly clever logo. Check the endless Old Skool Hip-hop playlist, the photographs of hip-hop artists adorning the walls, and the graffiti hip-hop stars painted on the shutters. You get the idea – this is a whole new kind of chip shop and one we think you should check out. We caught up with co-owner Cidalia Rodrigues for the low down on Proper Oils’ latest customer in Brixton.
Hi Cid, tell us, just where did the idea for CHIP SHOP BXTN stem?
We have another restaurant in Brixton Village which is predominantly meat. We always felt Brixton was missing a quality fish and seafood eatery, so it has been in our plans for a few years. We then decided to combine this with our love of Old Skool Hip Hop… The combination fits well in to Brixton we feel.
You’re from Portugal, where battered fish originates. How do you feel that the British have taken this as their national dish, and what’s the Portuguese spin on it?
It happens all the time, various nations take each other dishes and putting their spin on it. The Portuguese version is a salted cod and severed with boiled potatoes and cabbage. More of a stew.
What’s your signature dish?
We have a few signatures dishes really. Our Surf n Turf is very popular as is Scallops and Chorizo. Both very tasty.
Best meal you’ve ever had?
A Red Snapper we had recently in Jamaica, it was huge and fed six of us, the flavour and seasoning was incredible. And the setting was also amazing on Negril beach.
Favourite hip hop track ever?
The Hip Hop in the 80s/90s was so good it is impossible to pick one track, I literally have so many favourites, I can’t even pin it down to one artist!!
And finally, a few words about why you use Proper Oils for your cooking oil supply and collection please?
Quality of ingredients is vital in any successful restaurant, which is why we use Proper Oils.