Fish and Chips @ Roadhouse Bar & Grill, Hilton, Mayur Vihar, New Delhi

When I heard that Roadhouse Bar and Grill at Doubletree by Hilton, Mayur Vihar was celebrating the London Olympics with a special selection of Fish and Chips I was excited to say the least. The thought of fluffy white fish, crispy crunchy batter, fat home-style, rough-cut fries, and chunky tartar sauce built up quite the appetite even before I reached.

Five types of fried fish are on offer during this festival. I tried a little bit of each. I started with the Traditional London fish and chips. The batter was perfect- light, crisp, and yielding, though a little oily. The fish underneath was soft, perfectly seasoned, and quite delicious. It goes without saying that this one went best with the tartar sauce as an accompaniment.

The second one I tried was the Garlic and Parsley Fish in a semolina-Parmesan crust. This one had a grainy but crispy covering, and also looked lovely because of the green flecks of parsley. The taste was much improved with a slight squeeze of lemon, which really brought out the garlicky flavor.

Next I tried the Lemongrass and Kaffir lime fish with Panko crumbs. The breadcrumbs obviously made this one the crispiest of the lot, which I enjoyed. However, I would have loved stronger Thai flavours; I could taste lemongrass and Thai chilli very faintly, but I wish the flavours were more pronounced. I ate this one with a sweet chilli sauce which went quite well with it.

The one I didn’t see coming was the Breaded fish fillet with citrus, dill, and mountain honey fragrance. This one was fried and yet so fresh; something that took my palate a while to reconcile with. The fish had a soft, almost creamy softness about it, and the pronounced orange flavour made it quite memorable.

The last one I tried was the Hoisin and sesame batter fish- the fish was excellent but again, the Hoisin flavor needed to pack more punch to impress me.

Coming to the fries; I was very, very sad to hear and see that we were being served McCain fries with our fish. Don’t get me wrong- I love McCain fries. I have some in my freezer right now. But this is a Fish and Chips festival. You could have given me fat fries, home-style fries, wedges, crisp chips, thin chips, gravy fries, rough-cut fries… the options are endless.

I wish more thought was given to the fries.

I also tried a rather yummy cocktail that’s part of an ongoing Absolut cocktail promotion. The one I tried was Absolut Spicy; a light pink drink with a delicate spicy flavor. It had guava juice, which balanced out the spicy warmth of the Tabasco with its grainy sweetness. It also contained some chat-masala that gave it another dimension of spiciness.

If you’re a fried fish fan, definitely go try this. Just don’t cry when you see the fries. Get a cocktail (445++ per cocktail) instead.

Charis A. B.

is a language editor by profession, a foodie and a talented baker. When she isn't pulverizing a training dummy (and people sometimes) during kickboxing practice, she can be seen clicking away with her camera and scouring markets for hard to find ingredients. She's fond of travelling and an inveterate carnivore. Charis covers New York for Chef at Large and can be reached at charis.bhagianathan@www.chefatlarge.in