|Fried Haddock and Chips|
Anyway, getting back on-topic, my mindset that anything worth doing is worth doing well also applies to my food choices. For instance, if I'm going to eat a burger or a slice of cake, I don't want just any old burger from Burger King or a slice of packaged cake from the grocery store; I want a burger from Shake Shack or a slice of Two Little Red Hens' Brooklyn Blackout Cake. If I'm going to eat "junk" or "bad-for-you" foods, I want it to be quality junk food and not, well, junky junk food. And few junk foods are done better in the UK than fish and chips. Seemingly every city has several award-winning fish and chips joints that would put even the best fish and chips to be found in the United States to shame. At The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar in Edinburgh, the fish and chips aren't fried in just any old oil. No sir, they are fried in pure lard. Oh baby, now that's what I'm talking about when I say that anything worth doing is worth doing well. If you're gonna fry something, why not fry it in cow fat? Go hard or go home.
The result? Exceedingly crisp fish and chips that are probably some of the most well-fried specimens I have ever come across. The fish was cut a little too thin for my liking, but this was more than compensated for by the impressively crisp outer shell. And these chips were probably some of the best I have ever eaten. So. Freaking. Good. Topped with what the Scots call "sauce," which is essentially a vinegary brown sauce, the portion was fried to order, and I took my £6 meal to a nearby street corner, where I inhaled the meal while passing pedestrians stared at me funnily, not that I cared.
Of the three fish and chip meals that I have eaten so far in the UK, this was probably my favorite, though you can't go wrong with any of the three. While the portion was smaller than the other meals, the amazing crust that developed from frying in lard put these fish and chips over the top. After sampling fish and chips from some of the best shops in the UK, I have a completely new set of standards for fish and chips which probably cannot be reached by restaurants in the US. If something is worth doing, it's worth doing well, and The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar has certainly taken this sentiment to heart.
The Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar
14-15 Albert Place
Edinburgh EH7 5HN