'I tried the new Australian fish and chip shop at Boxpark Croydon and it's worth the horrendously high price'

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Fish and Chips – an absolute British staple. And we all know how we like it.

But would you consider trying the dish with an Australian twist?

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A new trader at Boxpark Croydon has taken inspiration from the Aussie seaside to merge British chippy classics with the styles of down under.

For Cod’s Hake have a strong focus on truly fresh, high-quality fish to serve up light dishes and also, a couple of East Asian flavours.

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Not only a chippy lover myself, but also yet another young person who spend some time studying in Australia, I just had to give this a try.

I mean, it’s not exactly somewhere you’d automatically link to Croydon- is it?

Fish and Chips

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'I tried the new Australian fish and chip shop at Boxpark Croydon and it's worth the horrendously high price'
© MyLondon Cod Fish & Chips by For Cod’s Hake

I’ll admit, I was a little sceptical of the high price for a portion of fish and chips. But they threw that back in my face.

Unbelievably fresh-tasting it’s a real flaky hunk of fish with an almost sweet batter. The batter could be crunchier, but with this lighter style it’s more of a fresh crisp than a thick crunch.

And those chips. Wow. So, so crispy on the outside yet each thick one still fantastically fluffy inside. Genuinely, these are the best chips I’ve had in ages- I need to know their secret.

I’ve seen fish and chips served in London takeaways for this price (and much more), but I think For Cod’s Hake actually deserve to charge this much.

Price: £12.50

Lobster Roll

'I tried the new Australian fish and chip shop at Boxpark Croydon and it's worth the horrendously high price'
© MyLondon Lobster Roll by For Cod’s Hake

I was recommended this an absolute ‘must’ and it’s also the priciest offering on the menu. A real little luxury indulge within the Croydon hotspot of Boxpark.

There’s plenty of that smooth, silky sauce giving a hint of citrus to the thick chunks of lobster. Personally, I’d prefer there to be a little less sauce to balance out with the smattering of fish yet it’s a very fine street-food lunch.

Even the bread roll is divine- fluffy and soft and also slightly sweet.

They clearly pay attention to every little detail to create these fresh and light delicious dishes.

Price: £16.50

‘KFC’ – Calamari

'I tried the new Australian fish and chip shop at Boxpark Croydon and it's worth the horrendously high price'
© MyLondon Korean Fried Calamari ‘KFC’ by For Cod’s Hake

For my final pick, the staff told me to grab a portion of these as something ‘really quite different’- and I can confirm that yes, they certainly are. I typically find Calamari to be all squeaky and rubbery, but For Cod’s Hake have mastered it. Instead it’s the right kind of chewy, and thick enough to give you a firm bite.

A very spicy coating gives that perfect East Asian kick to this light seaside menu.

Another deliciously hefty portion, you could satisfyingly share these between two.

Price: £6

I really, really, enjoyed this place. It might seem expensive off the bat, but it’s super fresh and really, you’ve got to see it as restaurant-quality despite the more low-key environment of Boxpark.

Sure, it could be a couple of quid cheaper, but trust me; it’s so good and so very filling (I had to call in assistance to finish it off).

Yum and that Calamari gave the perfect punch to finish my light fishy lunch. If there’s one thing I had to pass on, it would probably be the Lobster Roll- that would be much better suited to a hot sunny day.

More chips please. Now.

For cod’s hake, get yourself down here!

You can find For Cod’s Hake at Boxpark Croydon, 99 George St, Croydon CR0 1LD

Do you have a favourite hidden gem restaurant, pub or bar in London you think we should know about? If so, please email whatson@mylondon.news or jessica.battison@reachplc.com

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