Fin: Trendy new chippy’s ethos of local, fresh catches only sets it apart from rest


62 Cavehill Road, Belfast. Instagram: @finbelfast

There is an ocean of fish and chip locations round lately so when a new one enters the waters it can sink or swim in a short time.

Fin is a new cod on the block which constructed up a buzz on social media forward of their opening night time final month.


The scrumptious monkfish and chips

The scrumptious monkfish and chips

An upscale tackle the standard fish store, the stylish eatery focuses on fresh catch and high quality components to make it stand out from the shoal.

The small premises imply Fin is takeaway only however it does present benches outdoors for diners wanting a sit-down meal.

The hip, useful area additionally doubles up as a fishmonger with fresh catch on show and up on the market alongside fishy favourites like scampi to take residence and cook dinner.

My associate and I like a chip and determined to take a look at Fin to see how it compares to some of Belfast’s favorite fish retailers.

With a stripped-back menu depending on weekly catch from Kilkeel and Portavogie, there’s a restricted quantity of selection obtainable; nonetheless, this can be a big constructive as it ensures the standard of the seafood on provide.

We needed to attempt the cod and chips, there’s no higher measure of a fish store, however we additionally needed to attempt one thing completely different so went for a portion of southern fried monkfish and chips additionally.

I noticed a bag of freshly made scampi on the fish counter and snapped it up too alongside two tubs of curry sauce earlier than heading residence with my catch.

The cod was excellent, fresh and fantastically cooked in a scrumptious darkish, salty batter that had simply the correct amount of crunch.

The chips have been crispy on the skin, fluffy on the within, and have been properly complemented by the wealthy, silky and delicately spiced curry sauce.

The southern fried monkfish was a revelation, I usually keep away from this fish as it is very easy to overcook and shortly turns into rubbery.

Not the case right here, although, as my monkfish fillet was completely cooked, retaining its meaty, nearly bouncy texture whereas additionally being tender and juicy.

The southern fried batter was additionally a factor of magnificence, it had the same old mixture of herbs and spices plus fennel working by it which offered added flavour and perfume.

After popping the scampi within the oven for quarter-hour it was able to eat and let me let you know expensive reader it was divine. The fresh prawn tails, this time in a barely extra plump and delicate batter, have been unimaginable.

Another notable issue was the compostable packaging our meals got here in had barely any residual oil from the chips and battered fish which demonstrates the standard of the cookery. For two fish suppers with curry sauce and a sharing bag of scampi, our invoice was simply shy of £40 which isn’t low-cost.

However, the standard of the meals was simple and also you positively get what you pay for at Fin which is an eatery I hope will proceed to make waves within the Belfast fish scene.

THE Food

Cod & chips £10

Monkfish & chips £10

Curry sauce x2 £6

Scampi for 2 £12



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