Kerbisher & Malt – when the seaside meets Ealing…

On Saturday 12th July, Mumsnet Ealing were kindly invited to review the famous Kerbisher & Malt in Ealing, opposite the Town Hall.

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I have heard great things about this place but never had a chance to try it out until now. I am a big fish and chips fan but I almost never order it in restaurants. With 2 young children in tow, we sadly don’t eat out as much as we would like to, mainly due to a limited choice of child-friendly, comfortable and good food joints. So when we do venture out we go for slightly more exciting options. Plus, we are blessed with the famous Costas in Perivale – our best local chippy, and you can’t beat a chippy, right? Wrong!

Welcome to Kerbisher & Malt – home to freshly-sourced, sustainable and well-cooked fish – a perfect stop to feed your hungry messy toddlers.

It’s a stylish looking place with some nice touches, modern but has a warm retro seaside feel to it.

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Fish

There is a good range of fish (coley, pollock, cod, haddock and plaice), either battered, grilled or fried in matzo meal. I had grilled plaice served simply as it is, with a lemon wedge, no gimmicks, no fuss, just well-seasoned fresh plaice – dreamy!

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My husband had battered cod and chips. Cooked to perfection, flaky, with light crispy batter – it was great.

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Kids have their own menu (includes sausages for an alternative) and can get a main meal at £4.50 or main, ice cream and a drink for £5.50.

The kids had fish bites and chips, and fish fingers and chips. Fish bites were the best. The toddler couldn’t get enough.  He normally makes a right mess – not this time, I tell ya!

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We also ordered calamari. I think it was my favourite – full of flavour, light and delicious. Sadly, I didn’t get to have much – my 5 year old polished off the lot while I was cooling the fish for the youngest.

Chips

Chips are fabulous – twice-cooked and no grease in sight. At £1.90 and for the amount you get, it’s great value.

Drinks

Their drinks deserve a special mention. Good choice! My husband was very happy to see Dandelion & Burdock on the menu!

Condiments

Each table has vinegar and Heinz ketchup. We also ordered curry sauce and lemon mayo both made in-house. Both sauces were delicious, but the curry was definitely the winner with our 16 month old who is not normally keen on table sauces of any kind but ended up dipping all his food in it.

Sides

They were out of coleslaw and potato salad so we went for fennel and dill salad (gorgeous it was) and mushy peas – best mushy peas I have ever had!  Bizarrely, a week later, I am still thinking about that peas and trying to figure out why it was so different and delicious.

Portions

The adult portions are generous, and the kids’ – are humongous.  In hindsight, the kids could have shared.

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Service is prompt and with a smile. They also offer takeaway.

There are separate male and female single toilets and changing facilities. Children’s drawings are hung on the wall in the corridor – nice touch!

The only criticism is a common problem we have in London – lack of space. Only a couple of prams with infants could fit, at a push. If you are coming with toddlers, there is some space near the entrance to fold the strollers. We came by car and left the buggy in the boot – problem solved!

Overall it’s an excellent treat for the whole family – we are now well and truly “hooked”. Highly recommend – 5 stars from Mumsnet Ealing.

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