The humble fish and chips is still the UK’s favourite take away choice with 230 million suppers sold every year.
Where the nation’s favourite food originated from is unknown, Northern England claim the discovery as their own while Dundee say a Belgian immigrant invented the dish.
Either way, fish suppers have been sold in Scotland for the last two centuries - and from Benny T’s in Laurieston for the past decade.
The restaurant and take way serves up to 1000 portions of fish every day and puts an emphasis on fresh, local produce.
All the fish is locally caught haddock, while the chips are produced on site using local potatoes and fried in a monster frier capable of cooking 240 portions of chips in seven minutes. They also offer some unusual fish and chip shop options, such as langoustines, calamare rings and fritto misto - a fried seafood platter.
On Friday night, the takeaway of Benny T’s was very busy and the restaurant doing a good trade despite our early visit. The waiting staff are young, but efficient and friendly. We were shown to our table and Harrison kept busy with colouring books while we made our choices.
You can’t go to Benny T’s and not get fish, so I went for the classic haddock while my husband had the special haddock and Harrison the homemade fish cakes.
All the dishes were extremely generous portions and served with a side of homemade tartar sauce, chips and a side of your choice, including homemade coleslaw, mushy peas or beans.
It’s clear that fresh is best at Benny T’s and they use haddock in their standard suppers, unlike many that have moved away from the classic for cheaper fish like coley .
All meat comes from Patrick’s of Camelon and when possible, owners Mark and Dominique Mulholland, make all the dishes from scratch in the kitchen. Although the portions were huge, we decided there was room for dessert - actually we had no room for dessert but Harrison’s kids meal came with an ice cream, and unable to watch him eat dessert alone, we ordered a vanilla cheesecake 99with ice cream to share.
The ice cream comes from Glasgow producer Soave’s and is creamy and delicious while the cheesecake was delicious.
It was the perfect end to the perfect fish supper.
Mary Street, Laurieston