Food didn't really do it for me, but the owners and staff were all so friendly and helpful that I'd go back.
I think I'm a bad person to judge British style fish and chips, as I want it to be something it's not. My guess is if you grew up eating this type of food you'll think Oliver's is a mighty fine 'chippy'. I found the fish to be way to big, which causes a lot of moisture (water) to build up inside the fried batter. This causes it to get soggy quickly. Chips also aren't my thing in general- give me a good french fry instead.
I'm going to return though and try again one day, as it's near my house and the staff are nice.
I cycle past Oliver's every day. One day I decided to stop.
I had fish and chips (obviously but they do have other options). They have an eat in area and takeaway. They seemed to have more staff than customers in the shop at any one time but there was quite a lot of people coming in and taking away.
My fish and chips ordered I was told I had a 7 minute wait (ooh such an exact time, I thought). Turns out I got them in 15 mins - I was starting to get impatient. Anyway, despite taking away they were happy for me to eat them at their little picnic table outside.
The fish was good and the temperature of molten lava throughout my meal (I was hungry and couldn't wait for it to cool after that 25% of an hour wait) and the chips were tasty. They do this 'serving in a box' thing which has become increasingly the norm in recent years in the fancier chippies- gone is the newspaper sweaty wrap which is probably a good thing.
I do prefer my cod on the thicker side with a less batter to more fish ratio (ideally something like 1:5 or even 2:11) but this was good nonetheless (approximatly 3:13) and if I lived nearby I would be happy for the occasional Friday fried fish from this establishment.
They have a stand at one of the food markets in Camden. While I walked around the entire place, feeling like it was a United Nations food bazaar, I kept coming back to Oliver's. Fortunately I was with someone else who was opening to sharing.
The fish and chips in the cone were fantastic. I mean, the batter was great, not overly oily, the fish was nice, and the chips perfect. This was the best fish and chips I've ever had. And it was served in a super convenient cone! How novel.
(I don't even remember what the other meal ordered was because Oliver's stole the show)
Not changing my rating, but I did go back last night with a small group and the service was a lot better. I tried the matzah meal batter, two of us had the regular batter, and one person ordered the grilled yellowfin tuna steak, rare. We shared the dipping trio, chips, coleslaw, and mushy peas.
The matzah meal isnt something I'd order again as it was denser than I'd like but, to be fair, I think it was as good as you could get from matzah meal! I just missed the airiness of the regular batter
The tuna, again, was ordered rare and served medium. There was a hint of pink if you looked at it from the right angle. Unfortunately with something like tuna, anything above rare really ruins the quality of the fish and dries it out.
The coleslaw, mushy peas, and dipping trip were excellent (the babaganoush was clearly homemade, extra garlicky, and delicious). Chips again were not crispy. I think maybe they single fry them?
Overall, very good, but the chips and overcooking of the tuna steak is disappointing.
I had my annual fish and chips 8 Feb 14. The fish was fresh, properly fried and nice, as the the people working there. The tartar sauce is lovely.
So glad that my local chippie is not sketch. I don't really care for the fish but the sides (chips) are pretty good. Although watch out as they tend to slap on the salt and vinegar!
It's a cute set up as well, reminiscent of the dining/kitchen rome of a summer holiday home.
Not somewhere I would frequent regularly but a nice stop once and a blue moon
FIsh and Chips..the mecca of british food. This has been my mantra for years. Here's the rub...I'm now gluten intolerant and well, Oliver's was going to be the end-all for me. I ordered up the fish and chips and behold...They either didn't clean their kitchen thoroughly the night before, or? but my order DID contain gluten. I was sick for the next 24 hrs...distended stomach, aches, indigestion, fatigue...the whole nine yards. Moral of the story-- eat only prepared foods that are gluten free naturally. Fish and CHips are NOT meant to be gluten free and neither is cake etc...you get my drift. I now only order grilled fish and NO chips, despite the claims of GF.
Cute little place near my friends house.
Small seating space but didn't have to wait really during the dinner rush.
They had run out of these fish cakes that friend and I both wanted, but waiter was nice and tried to persuade me to try something nicer, albeit more expensive, still.
And because it's fancy chip shop you can get grilled fish pieces if you're feeling guilty for all those delicious chips.
A little expensive for the fair but nice every once in a while.
Yum! Such fresh fish and at such a decent price.
Cons (starting with these as there aren't many): Can be crowded and quite warm inside. No heaters for outside tables. Limited wine list (but suitable for the venue). Mushy peas can be bland and the portions are a bit skint.
Pros: Friendly service. Fresh fish and great salads. Beer and desserts also very reasonably priced -- £1.50 for a deep fried Mars bar takeaway. Everything else is plus.
The open kitchen proclaims: "Look at how clean I am. I have nothing to hide!" Always a comfort with a fish & chippie. (With others, you may like the taste but be forced to stick your head in the sand on hygiene to keep going back. Not so with Olivers.)
Really top fish and chips, not cheap but well worth it.
For take away you have to wait 8 minutes for most things as outside peak times they only make to order to ensure quality of the food is perfect as it has not sitting around
Great to see a really well thought out restaurant with original quality
Delicious fish and chips from a relatively up-market chippie. Looks like a nice place to sit down and have a meal if you've got the time but I was on the run so I got haddock and chips to take away. Even though I walked through the cold rain for about ten minutes with it, both the fish and the chips were still warm and delicious when I got home. Bit heavy on the salt, but otherwise nice crisp batter and chips that weren't too soggy (this seems to be a perennial problem with me). I'll definitely be back.
The ideal local fish and chip shop. I have the cod in matzo meal, and although it's not something you'll want to have too often, it's the perfect place when only fish and chips will do.
Starting in spring 2012, Oliver's now does GF fish & chips every Wednesday, due to popular response. The batter could be more flavorful (perhaps using a gluten-free beer and some spices) but the texture is nice and crispy, and beggars shouldn't be choosers, I suppose. Great selection of sides and they offer the lovely Magner's pear cider.
Really nice and crisp matzo haddock last night - maybe a tad underseasoned but easily rectified with a couple of shakes of salt. Chips were good as well, though a few were undercooked - the crisp, smaller chips that were cooked for longer were amazing. Surprised to see how packed it got - we wandered in around 7.30pm and there were two other tables, and when we left the whole place was rammed and there were people queueing for tables. At least that kind of business means that the fish doesn't sit around for long - tastes fresh to me!
the mushy peas would get 5 stars!! the chips were great too! i just got a take out but its also a restaurant!
Expensive but you get a huge portion. much better than we expected. the Tuna steak was huge and the salad was fresh. The mushy peas were not proper mushy peas but they still went down well. Tuna was cooked through which was not ideal as we asked for 'medium'. they took the skin off the haddock as requested which was good. Will def be going back.
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