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December 2014


Oceanz Seafood, Auckland

December 22, 2014

Living in the UK for the last 6 years has turned me off Fish & Chips, the style here is just… a bit stodgy? The batter is usually very thick. Sometimes to the point where it is like a dough casing. In New Zealand it’s very different. Closer to tempura, and the fish is generally fresher and we frequently use New Zealand Snapper which is probably the greatest eating fish out there. You can keep your cod, or whatever it is that’s being served as cod now since there aren’t any left anyway.

New Zealand Snapper, aka Silver Sea Bream.

Oceanz Seafood is actually a seafood retailer. But they’ve always had restaurants and dining options attached to their locations. At one point (1999) they even had an upmarket seafood restaurant in the Auckland viaduct that I worked at briefly as a waiter. Or maybe that was their rival wholesaler Seamart?

Anyway, for sentimental reasons I wanted to get Fish & Chips in NZ at least once, and these guys have been voted the best in the region for 2014 and their close to my mother’s place so we paid them a visit for some snapper, chips, potato fritters, and a pineapple fritter.

I couldn’t fault anything. Each piece was fried to perfection. Light and crispy. Absolutely grease free. There was even some cinnamon sugar on the pineapple fritter which I don’t remember places bothering with before I left. A classic example of New Zealand style fish and chips.

Oceanz Seafood Silverdale
Next to Plant Barn
17 Hibiscus Coast Highway
Auckland 0932

The Haberdashery, Stoke Newington

December 1, 2014

I’m not a vegetarian but sometimes I like to take a break from mainlining sausage patties like it’s my job. The vegetarian breakfast at The Haberdashery came highly recommended by a friend (also not a veggie). I love that they don’t push veggie sausage on you – which usually tastes like a rubberised tube steak. It’s a well-balanced portion of grilled halloumi, tomato, toast, a bit of spinach and a totally delicious round hash brown patty. We went to the Stoke Newington location which is just off Church Street, there is also one in Crouch End. The decor is charming – like your loopy grandma who can’t be bothered to tidy or throw away chipped dishes. On a Sunday at 12, two of us just walked right in and only waited a few minutes. Not bad for high-traffic brunch time. Next time I’ll try the French Toast with grilled cinnamon-y banana and maple syrup. Mmm. UPDATE: As of January 22nd, 2015, the Stoke Newington location of The Haberdashery is now open for supper Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.

The Haberdashery
170 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 7JL

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