A blog about British comfort food and more

Indulge in a classic three-course meal

March 21, 2014 0 Comments bloggies by Hook

starterIn the Middle Ages it wasn’t unknown to have as many as twenty courses at a formal meal, and even today, in very formal settings, ten courses or more are sometimes served. In our busy lives, it’s quite a luxury to be able to take the time to enjoy three courses. Make the time and indulge. Here are some recommendations for a three-course meal at go fish! In Rehoboth Beach?

It’s traditional to start with a light salad or soup, so think about the Clam Chowder to begin, the classic Caesar salad or the plate of Organic Field Greens. Or, if you want to stick with the fishy theme, opt for a plate of delicious Crab Cake or Shrimp Caesar.

Another popular option is to choose a small taster to contrast with your main course. So, if you’ve decided on the savory beer battered fish as your main, opt for a sweeter starter, like the Coconut Shrimp, or a spicier option like the Tandoori chicken skewers.

If you’ve started with fish, then beer battered sausages and chips, traditional Shepherd’s pie, or breast of chicken are a great second course. And if you’ve started your meal with the soup or salad, then indulge yourself with the Bangers and Mash, Fisherman’s Pie, or Seafood Platter.

No indulgent meal would be complete, of course, without a great dessert. The Sticky Toffee Pudding tastes especially good after fish, or if you’ve stuck with the lighter options all the way through starter and main, then try the Beer Battered Cheesecake. If you’ve chosen the spicier Tandoori or spicy mayo options, then the Key Lime Pie is especially nice and refreshing to end your meal. Or simply opt for Prince William’s Grooms Cake, all washed down, of course, with a great cup of tea or full-flavored beer.

We will be waiting for you at go fish! in Rehoboth Beacg — a Best of Delaware restaurant.

fish and chips on screen, art and literature

February 10, 2014 0 Comments bloggies by Hook

Fish and chips have been with us, in one form or another, for centuries. And as a traditional, hearty British food, they're featured in a surprising number of books

and artworks. Dickens mentions them in "Oliver Twist" and "A Tale of Two Cities." They are in "Lord of the Rings." In Terry Pratchett's "Johnny and the Bomb," they help one of his characters to focus. In "East is East," the main characterOLDFISHSHOP

runs a chip shop. One of the most cockney of long-running soap operas, "EastEnders," features Ian Beale as a chip shop owner.

 

Contemporary artists David Fitch and Erica Sturla have perfectly caught the spirit of fish and chips in their artworks. What are we missing? Let us know in our Facebook page.

Enjoy a Friday Fryday tradition that dates back generations

January 03, 2014 0 Comments bloggies by Hook

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There's nothing nicer than a fish supper any day of the week, although traditionally fish and chips are the "dish of the day" on Fridays. But just where did this tradition start? There are many theories to choose from.

 

Friday is named after the Old Norse God Freya, whose symbol was a fish. The early Christians also took the fish as their symbol, often scratched into bricks or the dirt to let fellow worshipers know where to meet in safety and secrecy when practicing their faith openly was highly risky.

 

Another theory suggests that fisherman often brought their catch into port on Fridays, meaning fish was at its very best that day.

In the Middle Ages, meat remained an expensive luxury for most ordinary folk, reserved for feast days or special occasions like weddings. More recently, when many people worked in manual jobs and were paid weekly, usually on a Friday, fish and chips were an affordable weekly treat.

 

With modern knowledge of nutrition, we now know fish is a much healthier source of protein than most red meat. Fish is low in fat, high in nutrients.If fish isn't your dish of choice, try crab cakes, fried shrimp or fried oysters - all just as good with crispy, golden chips.

 

Whatever the reason, on any Friday, come out to go fish! or go brit! for your $5 Fish Sandwich (through late May) or a traditional Beer Battered Fish and Chips meal.

The trick to a perfect batter - good beer!

November 19, 2013 0 Comments bloggies by Administrator

fish batterFish and chips is a real British tradition, and something which is taken very seriously. There are annual competitions to find the best outlets for this delicious meal in the UK. One of the easiest ways for chippies to differentiate themselves from the competition is to vary the type of batter they use. Some chippies prefer to coat their fish in a very thick batter to protects the fish from the hot oil and keep it moist and tasty. Others prefer to use a very light batter, almost like a tempura, to cook their fish.

We love our beer batter! In England even some of the more upmarket chippies have adopted it to use in their batter recipes. The downside to using beer to prepare batter is that it is obviously more expensive than using water, either still or carbonated. But it's worth the taste! Beer works much in the same way as carbonated water in that the bubbles in the beer at a lightness and crispiness to the finished product. Different beers can be used, and a darker beer will give more flavor and color to the finished product. Because the fish is fried at such a high temperature, the alcohol will be burned off during the cooking process.

Quirky, quaint or simply strange – some unusual and lovely places to enjoy your fish and chips

July 22, 2013 0 Comments bloggies by Administrator

Some folk will have enjoyed fish and chips from their local chippy, straight out of the paper, strolling along the seafront with the wind on their face. But some prefer their fish and chips in quirkier locations. Keep these in mind if you plan to travel to the UK.


In the no-nonsense northern county of Yorkshire, England lurks The Empire. On the main road between Wakefield and Leeds, this is one of just a handful of drive-through fish and chip shops in England. If you’d rather sit inside and enjoy your fish supper at a more sedate pace, the décor clearly shows this handsome establishment was once a cinema – which in its day included a fish and chip shop.


Alternatively, Poppies in east London offers a 1950s retro style setting, complete with juke box, to enjoy your beautifully cooked sustainable fish supper. If you’re ever down Dorset way, there are short river cruises around Poole Harbor, including fish and chips specially delivered to the boat. For those who like their history a little more industrial, fish and chips from the Shed in Porthgain, Pembrokeshire, Wales, offer the chance to enjoy your dinner watched over by the original granite mining factory in the harbor.


Even at the end of the civilized world as we currently know it, there’s no getting away from fish and chips. If you like to munch your fish dinner to a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, Sweeny Cod The Frying Squad in the stunning Scottish Hebridean islands is hard to beat.  This takeaway is situated at Ness on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, which the Vikings described as “the islands at the edge of the world.”


But, know what? The location for go fish! just off the Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach is also must-stop experience, allowing you to eat your meal while enjoying the ocean breeze. Wherever you’re eating your fish and chips, sprinkle on some salt, slather on some vinegar, and enjoy!

Fish and chips take top healthy billing

May 25, 2013 0 Comments bloggies by Hook

Go Fish Delaware Restaurant Fish and ChipsFish and chips may not instantly spring to mind when you think of healthy food. If, however, you want to indulge yourself, from a nutritional point of view this dish makes a surprising amount of sense.

Fish remains one of the healthiest and most nutritious foods you can eat. Without the batter, fish is low in saturated fat. A third-party nutrition analysis provider, MenuTrinfo, has determined that a serving of our famous beer-battered fish and chips has a total of 390 calories and 30 grams of protein. Very little oil gets into the fish because of our quick frying method. Fish and chips are also relatively unadulterated: only oil and batter are added to the original deceptively simple ingredients. Adding a portion of peas increases the fiber content of the meal, but adds another 100 calories.

On average, a portion of fish and chips has around a third fewer calories than other takeaway foods like pizza and around half the fat. If you'd still like to indulge, but want to opt for a lighter snack then choose a smaller item on the menu.

Of course, one of the less tangible health benefits is just how good fish and chips make you feel: they're comfort food at its very best. So sprinkle on a little salt, slather on the vinegar, and enjoy as a treat with a clear conscience at go fish! near the Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach.

The little sister of go fish! celebrates

April 02, 2013 0 Comments bloggies by Hook

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The little darling of British fish-and-chips shops is planning a smashing bash on Saturday, April 13 to celebrate her first anniversary in the States.

 

go brit! will host a party from 6 to 9 p.m., with plenty of giveaways, fun facts and favorite British music performed by Cathy Gorman, dubbed Sussex County's Sweetheart of Song.

 

"We have so much to celebrate," said Alison Blyth, owner of go brit! The Lewes eatery is known as the "Little Sister" to the popular go fish! in Rehoboth Beach.

 

"From the first day that I opened go fish! in 2002, customers asked for more fish-and-chips shops. It seems as if everyone wants one on their doorstep," she explained. "Now that we have a shop in Lewes, we can see how much people loves this chippy concept."

"Chippy" is the word used in the UK to describe an informal fish-and-chips shop that serves quintessentially British favorites. It's clearly a hit in Delaware. Blyth hopes to add more go brit! restaurants in coming years. She has promoted the franchise concept with the line: "Spread the word, more British are coming."

go brit! kicked off its first year with much fanfare, starting with NBC's Today morning show host Hoda Kotb cutting the ribbon on April 7, 2012.

 

After a surprise visit to go brit!, the respected Delaware food critic Patricia Talorico raved about the food and called Blyth the "Queen of Fish and Chips."

 

Join us from 6 to 9 p.m. April 13 at go brit! in Lewes for a jolly good time.

India’s influence savored in British comfort food

March 25, 2013 0 Comments bloggies by Administrator

“British cooking” used to mean tasteless food, lacking in texture, and boiled to within an inch of its life. Yet this has never been accurate. Despite its soggy climate, Britain has long been an attractive destination for warriors, traders and immigrants alike – and all of them have brought their food traditions with them. British cuisine is the richer for it, whether it was the versatility of salt cod and haddock from the North Sea, or the tantalizing, fragrant blends of spices from the east.

In recent years, it’s apparent that fish and chip shop menus have also been influenced by flavors from Asia. In some parts of the UK, it’s not unusual to find flat, fried cakes of grated onion known as bhajis, and samosas alongside the fish cakes and cod in traditional beer batter. Frequently, there’s also a range of delicious chicken dishes. Many shops also feature traditional spices and flavorings, including cardamom, ginger, cumin, coriander, paprika and turmeric. Other exquisite Asian flavors include coconut, lemon and sweet chili, depending on the region. To cool the palate after all those luscious spices, you’ll often find the dish includes a combination of cucumber, mint and yoghurt, usually in the form of a dip. At go fish!, where we have several Indian-influenced dishes, the Tandoori chicken tacos area a favorite. Chicken breast is marinated in Tandoori spices, wrapped with coleslaw, tomato and lettuce. It’s served with side of garlic-mint yogurt. We also have Tandoori chicken kkewers. 

If you’d like a change from your usual fish and chips, coconut shrimp is another great twist. Come enjoy a varied menu at go brit! in Rehoboth Beach.

Back to the roots with chips

January 28, 2013 0 Comments bloggies by Hook

Go Fish Delaware Restaurant SeafoodThere's nothing quite like food in season. At this time of year, winter root vegetables are at their best. Full of carbohydrate to get us safely through to spring, they're comforting, versatile and filling. Best of all has to be the humble yet versatile potato, especially when it's chipped fresh, fried to a crispy golden brown and accompanied by a succulent serving of delicious fish at go fish!

So just what is the secret of the perfect chip?

As with so many recipes, it all starts with the right ingredients – and for go fish! it starts with fresh potatoes. The best chips are thick-cut, at least half an inch across. Not only do they taste better, they also absorb less fat overall than the skinny French fry type, so you can indulge more easily.

Of course, the perfect chip just about the potato itself: it's also about how you cook it. Traditionally, beef dripping or other animal fats were used. These days, palm oil is often used, or one of the excellent vegetable oils available. One of the best vegetable oils to use is sunflower oil, heated to 130C. The sneaky secret to perfect chips is to cook them not once, but twice. They're washed and dried well, then deep fried at 130C for around 4-8 minutes until soft but still pale. After this, ideally, they're allowed to sit for around ten minutes, before being finished off in hotter oil (175C, no more). Ideally, the basket should be around half full – any more and the chips won't have space to cook to their absolute best.

Chips should also have their own basket, to produce that crispy, crunchy taste and texture experience that goes so well with fish, sausages, fishcakes, and, well, just about anything savory on the go fish! menu.

Do as the Brits, add some fish and chips to your holiday menu

December 17, 2012 0 Comments bloggies by Hook

Go Fish Delaware Restaurant Fish and ChipsAround the world these winter holidays, fish-and-chip aficionados are challenging the traditional view of festive feasts – and you can as well.

The holidays are a time to indulge, and fish and chips offer a lighter antidote to all that roast turkey and ham.

Call go fish! to cater your special event at your home or the office. In addition to our flagship fish and chips, you and your guests can enjoy all the classic British favorites: bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, mushy peas and more.

Our menu also includes items loved in coastal Delaware including crab cakes, chicken skewers, fried oysters and coconut shrimp.

These holidays, indulge in festive fish and chips. Call 302-226-1044 for more detail