Catch Glasgow- Giffnock Gets Gourmet Fish and Chips
One thing us British pride ourselves on, is our ability to make a good fish supper. Battered fish and chunky fried chips have long been a takeout staple in households across the country. However, just when we thought we knew how it was done, Catch lands in Giffnock in Glasgow's Southside, to put a gourmet spin on things.
Posh Fish and Chips
Catch is an upmarket chip shop that's operated by the team behind the well-respected Andiamos Italian restaurants in Giffnock, Hamilton and Milngavie. They describe it as an "all new fish and chips experience" and it certainly is. I've never seen anything like it before. How many chips shops do you know who would display all their fresh, uncooked fish and seafood in a glass cabinet to be inspected by customers? Catch is proud that its fish is of the highest quality and freshness, and it really is much nicer to see what you are eating.
As you would expect, Catch serves a traditional fish supper (with a nice twist of free tartare sauce and a lemon wedge), and you can choose between haddock or cod. I had a haddock supper at £6.95, and for this I got one large fish (equivalent in size to two regular chip shop battered fishes) and a portion of chips. The chips were delicious and twice-cooked, although the portion of them was a lot smaller than most normal chip shops serve.
The Star of the Sea
It was the fish that was the real star of the show- it was incredibly thick and the batter was perfectly crisp. The freshness was unbelievable, and unlike anything I've tasted from a standard takeaway. Yes, the price is quite a bit more expensive; but it is worth it if you want a restaurant quality meal.
Talking of restaurants, Catch also has seating downstairs (next to the takeaway counter) and upstairs, so that customers can enjoy a proper sit-down meal with a seperate menu if that's what you would prefer. The decor is both luxurious and relaxed, with a lot of emphasis on the industrial- exposed woods, metal piping and light bulbs with visible filaments.
If you want a takeaway from Catch, I'd recommend that you head there early between 4PM and 5PM, as both the takeaway and the restaurant use the same entrance, waiting area and kitchen; so things get busy, crowded, long and confusing if you leave it until peak time.
If a fish supper isn't your thing, you're lucky that this is a gourmet chip shop. Instead, you can enjoy the likes of king prawn tempura with chips, or sole goujons with chips. I'm definitely heading back there soon to get my tempura on!
Catch, 186 Fenwick Road, Giffnock, G46 6XF
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Laura Pearson-Smith is from Glasgow's Southside. She is a lover of luxury, yummy food and all things pretty. She founded, and is editor of luxury travel online magazine Stylecation, and blogs at her own lifestyle blog A Life With Frills. She has written countless fashion, beauty and travel articles for various publications including The Huffington Post. If you want to know the best Chinese restaurant in Glasgow, where to get a vintage Chanel handbag or the city's best facial, she's your girl.