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For Fish’s Sake…

June 22, 2010

Well, the World Cup has truly messed up Didsbury Life’s ability to feed ourselves. Once the discussions and debates over the 3.00pm have finished, we find we’re getting ready for the 7.30pm game, leaving no time to venture into the increasing foreign land that is the kitchen.

With a bare fridge, it was decided that Burton Road should once again, be our culinary saviour.  And, how lucky are the people of West Didsbury to have such fantastic variety so close? Frankie’s Fish Bar was the choice tonight – and we weren’t disappointed. Traditional cod, chips & mushy peas hit the mark – light batter, chips like grandma used to make – bit of crunch around the edges and tasting of potatoes [seems obvious but to those who know only French Fries”, there is a difference!]and proper mushy peas.

Frankie's Fish Bar, West Didsbury

Frankie's Fish Bar, West Didsbury

A few other interesting menu items caught my eye – “Vegetarian Fish & Chips”, being one. This turned out to be halloumi cheese in light, crispy batter with chips and tzatsiki – as Greece were playing Argentina it felt only right to go for a tiny portion of this too –

Frankie's "Vegetarian" Option

Frankie's "Vegetarian" Option

Being a lover of halloumi, I can testify that this was perfectly cooked and an interesting alternative to cod & chips – although if you’re a confirmed vegetarian, maybe check out the credentials of the oil it’s cooked in.  For confirmed meat-eaters and lovers of the world Cup, there’s also the South African Sausages. Can’t comment on these however, as I felt that cod, halloumi and sausage may have been a culinary step too far!

At just over £12 for two very generous sized portions, this was a good Tuesday night treat – although one night soon, I may have to relocate the oven!

Frankie’s Fish Bar – Traditional Fish & Chips – 178 Burton Rd, West Didsbury M20 1LH

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  1. June 22, 2010 11:24 pm

    I’d heard good things about Frankie’s so I had fairly high expectations when I went a couple of months ago. Massive disappointment. The service was incredibly slow despite being overstaffed, they seemed completely uninterested in the customers, and one of them (I think she was the manager) kept touching her hair and face.

    The food was a little overpriced, but I think we were paying over the odds for all the unnecessary packaging. The woman wrapping the food ummed and ahhed for ages about how to wrap a single sausage, and ended up putting it on its own in a massive box intended for large chips.

    Quibble’s aside; how was the food? The chips were dry, the gravy nasty and the fish batter was soggy.

    I think the staff were not properly trained. If they want to see how a proper, friendly, speedy, high-quality, reasonably priced chippy runs I recommend the staff visit Theo’s on Washway Road in Timperley. I moved from Sale to Withington last year, but still try to get to Theo’s whenever possible.

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