Doing some posh nosh here by trying out the fish and chips at the City Café, part of the City Inn’s smart hotel at Piccadilly.
Being rather more swanky than your average fish and chippery, this was a sit down and savour experience with a matching price tag.
The restaurant has a subdues and classy feel although I had to agree to disagree on the appreciation of the décor with Himself approving of what I thought was too much of a sea of beige with huge curtains dividing the space.
Fish: Well as you can see – it wasn’t huge! But it was good. Well textured, white and flakey is had steamed inside its batter jacket in the way that the best fish and chips does.
Batter: Another success – light with a real crunch. The coating had flavour too and gave the fish an extra boost.
Peas: None but instead some tartare sauce that was pretty bland and would have befitted from some greater caper goodness.
Chips: Hrrmph! What is all that about? You need to concentrate on every one – there only being six to enjoy. OK it’s a place with high-end dining aspiration but there seems little point in having chips – unless you actually have chips. Disappointing both in quantity and crispness.
Price: Expensive at £10.95 a head.
Verdict: Walk on by.
City Café is at Piccadilly Place, just a stone’s throw from the station. Tel: +44 (0)161 242 1000