Fish ‘n’ chips appear on so many menus around Dublin but the very best need to have the perfect balance between chunky, flaky fish – fresh fish is a must – and light crispy batter cooked to perfection. Enjoyed with an Underdog or PASSifyoucan of course!
We think the following fulfil those simple, yet important criteria, and if you have your own personal preferences do let us know.
Before we get to the food from this iconic Dublin name, a little history lesson first! Founder, and former sailor with the Russian Imperial Tsarist fleet, Ivan Beshoff arrived in Dublin in 1913 and opened his restaurant. Since then Beshoff Bros fish ‘n’ chips has spanned three generations, so it is fair to say they know what they are doing when it comes to feeding Dubliners. First word goes to Tom, our resident restaurant critic, “In my opinion the best made fish element of the fish ‘n’ chips is here. The perfectly light but crispy batter accompanied by a tartar sauce and lemon wedge makes for the perfect dish.” According to Wim, “Beshoffs Howth is perfect day out. Hop on the Dart to Howth, walk the cliff, then out to the pier followed by hot fish and chips while sitting on the wall and enjoying the view. Pity they don’t serve pints!”
Beshoffs is located in Malahide, Howth & Clontarf with collection available.
While there are plenty of more iconic establishments around the city, Romano’s in Belmayne is a brilliant all-round chipper with good portions of fish and excellent chips
Another one that won’t make any of the usual lists but well known and loved by people in the area. It really upped its game recently and their fish is top drawer. One thing we agreed on is with these less iconic local chippers we feel you get much more fish for your money.
Another very good chipper which Tom has been known to pop in for a battered sausage after a delivery to Malahide! They serve fresh cod, ray and prawns and the fish box with fillet goujons is a real treat.
No list of the best fish ‘n’ chips in Dublin can be taken seriously without this iconic take-away. While they have locations in Howth and Northwall the spiritual home of Burdocks will always be Christchurch where it’s been operating since 1913 with the founders naming it after their 12 year old son. Pity they don’t serve it in newspaper anymore!
Honourable mention to the recently departed Café Ciara in Howth, who did the best chips.
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