Saturday 19 May 2012

Olley's, Norwood Road, south London

Probably one of the best known fish and chip shops in London, Olley's Fish Experience is on a busy road running alongside Brockwell Park. Inside, the wooden tables are tucked into alcoves on the ground floor, overlooked by more tables on the first floor galleries. There is wood everywhere, punctuated by rough brick pillars. The extensive menu seems to cover off most possible connotations of fish and chips, with salmon, hake and even mahi mahi on offer. The "lunch special" - mussels and chips for £5.50 - can be ordered early evening and is a bargain. The light appetite - a small portion of chips, fish and peas - is also very good value for £5.50, making the main courses look a little pricey by comparison. The entry-level fish is a full-size battered cod at £9.50, while the halibut costs £13.50, each served with a very small salad. You pay a premium to have your fish grilled and you have to order chips (£3), which can be a bit greasy, and mushy peas (£2) separately. Still, the kids' dishes, which come with a soft drink and chips, are generous for £4.50 and include "coddies", calamaries and chicken nuggets. Service is swift and courteous, while the fish is expertly cooked. Olley's is still on its game. 8/10