Sometimes one too many mousses or foams or creatively arranged, constructed food can be just too much and what we long for is a plate of honest, simple comfort food – like a perfectly plated fish and chips. While we can no longer buy them wrapped in newspaper (did anyone ever suffer from all that dreaded printer’s ink?), served on white butcher’s paper is good enough.
TEXT & photos by ayu sekar
Sometimes one too many mousses or foams or creatively arranged, constructed food can be just too much and what we long for is a plate of honest, simple comfort food – like a perfectly plated fish and chips.
While we can no longer buy them wrapped in newspaper (did anyone ever suffer from all that dreaded printer’s ink?), served on white butcher’s paper is good enough.
Crispy battered chunks of fresh, juicy fish accompanied by chips as you dive into the steamy wrapped packet, taking care not to burn your fingers, or served on a plate with mushy peas and a side of pickled onions – a meal that always brings memories of happy childhoods and a very satisfying feed.
Strangely, in Bali, fish and chip shops never seem to last long, but there is a new one in Sanur on Jalan Danau Poso, (just around the corner from Kopi Bali, who by the way, also do a reasonable fish and chips) that is doing everything right and pulling in aficionados from as far afield as Seminyak and Ubud.
Styled like a British fish and chip shop with additional British pub food and the odd Indian specialty (who can go past the fresh fish?), Man Frydays is not too fancy, not too humble, but just right. Wooden benches and tables are sturdy enough to hold a large crowd and there is an impressive array of accompaniments – Heinz malt vinegar, tomato sauce, mustard – all the things to add zing to your serving.
A menu offers several varieties of fresh fish including mahi mahi, snapper, sword fish and the much sought after Bali cod, which in reality, does not exist, but as the owner Darrel says, it tastes something like cod and is suitably delicious, and cooked to perfection with a crispy batter.
What is it that makes Man Frydays special? It is the attention to detail and the reassuring bottles of Vinegar on the tables, the pickled onions in the big jar and the knowledge that it is going to be fabulous.
While extolling the virtues of Man Frydays, we can’t ignore the British/Irish pub, The Cat and Fiddle, around the corner in Jalan Cemara, who as well as serving up excellent British pub food, also do a fine fish and chips, and their mushy peas are better! They also have an Irish band playing several days a week. But take your choice, or better still try both and make up your own opinion!
Man Frydays also organise fishing trips, after which you can have your catch cooked at the restaurant accompanied by English cider or cold Bintangs – purrfection!
Oh as an afterthought, both places serve splendid man- sized breakfasts! Try the Full Monty!