Welcome to Superfish. Or to give it its slightly odd sounding full name "Masters Superfish" on 191 Waterloo Road in London. I arrive here via a recommendation from my old friend Dom, who in turn was recommended SuperFish by the legion of cabbies who seem to frequent this place – just look at the street outside… cabmungus. So, what you have here is a London cabbie approved fish n chip shop south of the river and it is ramming. There is a mix of nationalities, which is unusual in a British fish n chip shop, including a table of Japanese tourists and one of Chinese. The walls are filled with tacky photos of the owner shaking hands with D list ‘slebs as they shovel a mouthfull of Masters Mushy Peas down their gobs. It’s busy and it’s noisy, so let’s tuck in.
There is an extensive menu including "Masters Specials" and a takeaway delivery service – see the video below – If you sit in, as I did – see the video above – you get an aperitif of three prawns to nibble on while you wait for your order. And wait you might have to. took me ten minutes until my order arrived, but what an order it were. Size is certainly not a problem at Superfish. Although, in a way it is…
It’s the chips you see. Not the main act I know, but some of these fellas were half spud size which is fine if all you want is a potato lightly fried, but it’s never what you want in a chip.The Mushy peas do look a bit gross I’ll admit. A bit too green and a bit too fluid, but they were excellent. Looking back at my notes – yes, I did take notes. Yes, I know that’s sad, but I was on my tod and if I don’t take notes I’m liable to write any old rubbish… Moving on… Alors, referring to said notes, I see I scrawled, "Above workmanlike below excellence" which come to think of it is quite good for my notes. Especially, when I’m in that slightly paranoid, I know I look a bit of a freak writing in a notebook while I’m eating mode. Although looking at the plate above while I sit here in France, where the above is impossible to find, I do find myself disagreeing with my notes somewhat.
However, ever the fact stickler I’ll stickle to what I wrote when I ate here. All that said, this is a great wee find. Excellent lived in atmosphere, decent British food I’d go back for and the waitresses walk around offering you pickles from a great big jar. Now that’s service. Dos Hermanos seems to agree, confirms cabbie factor and liked pickles and Cheese and Biscuits who confirms Japanese tourist quotient and snagged a pic of the three prawns. I paid about a tenner for the above haddock, chips and mushy peas. The lunchtime menu is cheaper at £6.50. I will be back.