Yesterday we braved the tube strikes to head into central London for a very good cause- to fill our bellies with fish and chips. But this wasn’t just any old cod and greasy fries this was Krug and chips, a new pop-up that is happening at the Covent Garden East piazza until the end of this week.
Tom sellers, the Chef behind Michelin starred ‘restaurant stories’ (www.restaurantstories.org) and who in the past has worked at Noma, ranked the best restaurant in the world has teamed up with Krug Champagne to create a unique twist on the staple British comfort food.
On arrival we were quickly shown to our table and each handed a glass that was immediately filled with delicately golden champagne and shown the menu. There are three options to choose from; Fish in Chips (whitebait deep fried between two slices of thinly cut potato served with tartar sauce, Monkfish & Matchsticks (battered pieces of monkfish served in a curry sauce with matchstick fries) and Lobster and chips (Lobster wrapped in potato spaghetti served with a spicy mayonaise).
We decided to try the Lobster and monkfish dishes first.
As soon as the dishes were in front of us the waitress came over with what appeared to be the salt and vinegar. However all was not as it seemed. The white stuff was in fact a vinegar created using a multi-functional white powder and the vinegar bottle turned out to be a liquid salt that you could spray over your meal. Full points for quirkiness!
After greedily demolishing the first two dishes we decided we just had to try the Fish IN Chips. This little guy looked like he’d been fosillised. Not for long though…
We chatted to the waiter who kindly explained to us in a little more detail the bubbly we were happily lapping up. Krug is a champagne that blends around 120 wines from 10 or more different vintages and three grape varieties that is left to rest for a minimum of six years to develop it’s subtle bubbles and delicate flavours. If you’re a champagne buff then you can find the unique story of each bottles journey by using the bottle’s unique ID and entering the 6 didgits on www.Krug.com or on the Krug app.
Sitting outside watching the world go by as a nearby busker played on into the evening Krug and Chips began to work its magic on us as we forgot the tube strikes and the London commute and instead enjoyed a good old stress free giggle and a catch up.
‘A Taste’ option which consists of a glass of Krug Grande Cuvée and a dish of your choice is £35 or if you really feel like splashing out then go for ‘A Feast’ where you get 1 bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée & 2 dishes of your choice for £140
Either book a booth if there’s a few of you or just swing by and see if there’s a table free
If you’re looking for somewhere to impress a date or fancy a little after work treat that’s a bit out of the ordinary then Krug and Chips could be just the thing!
Krug and Chips is on from now until 12th July, to reserve a booth or to find out more visit their website: www.krug.com/krugandchips