what makes uncomplicated
fish and chips truly delicious at Uncle
Albert's Traditional Fish and Chip, Straits Quay
am very happy for my dear friend, Maggie T as she makes one of
her life long dreams come true with the launch of Uncle Albertís
Traditional Fish and Chips at Straits Quay. She has always wanted
to open a restaurant and where better than to have it here in
Penang, one of the top food havens of the world. Together with
Liam Healy, they bring authentic fish and chips to the shores
of George Town. This is their second chain in Malaysia, with its
inaugural induction in Ipoh in July 2013.
When my daughter, Jean wipes the plate of potato soup that clean,
you know it's good and we're in for a real treat.
all seasoned British Chippy lovers and those who have not yet
experienced the pleasures of the great British Chippy, you will
be happy to learn that Uncle Albertís famous traditional English
Cod is a dish that works on many levels. There is the crispness
of the batter; the freshness and flakiness of the fish; the irresistible
nature of the fluffy chips; and, finally, the extras. Salt and
vinegar, and plenty of both for me, though I have no time for
the mushy peas that are a traditional accompaniment in British
fish and chip shops.
am glad mild curry sauce that is so popular with the Brits were
not offered at Uncle Albertís. Penangites who know their curries
too well will scream murder if it were to be poured onto of their
fish and chips.
lived in Penang for more than a decade, Maggie understands the
local culture well and appreciates the fact the Penangites demand
not only quality food but also variety. Thus, on the menu, you
will find much more than fish and chips Ė although battered cod,
halibut and haddock as well as grilled monkfish and salmon are
scrumptious snacks, other delectable main courses include salmon
pasta, roast chicken complete with roasted potatoes, stuffing
and gravy, spicy Dublin Bay prawns, beef burger with in-house
pesto sauce, lasagna, Fishermanís pie and more.
for Ďkidsí include childhood favourites such as fish fingers and
homemade chicken nuggets with chips.
wise, they have Kilkenny on draft alongside Tiger, Heineken and
Guinness, an extensive wine list (including a house blend) as
well as a couple of liqueurs, mocktails and juices.
quintessential pairing of fish and chips with draft beer is quite
dessert, my family and I ended with lemon posset and orange-buttered
crepe. Both were intensely satisfying, ending a meal that was
a classic old-style blow-out from the pages of Beano and Dandy.
in a conducive, cosy atmosphere, the restaurant have air conditioned
as well as al fresco dining areas. The walls of the interior are
plaster with newspaper headings of yesteryear including some on
Uncle Albert. If you opt to have your meal outdoors, you will
enjoy cool sea breeze and a breathtaking view of Straits Quay
marina overlooking luxurious yachts and boats.
indoor patrons, via the theatre kitchen, you will be able to view
first hand how your meal is being prepared as well as catch skillful
chefs in action. You will also notice plump chicken being roasted
to perfection in the rotary oven as aromatic flavours waft through
from the kitchen.
way I see it, what sets Uncle Albertís apart from the rest is
Maggieís passion and her culinary prowess that drive her team
to excel in their service. Maggie explains that great food requires
fresh, quality ingredients. All the fish served at Uncle Albertís
is ridiculously fresh because they are carefully selected and
air-flown to Penang from Ireland, England, Iceland and Norway.
Soups, sauces and seasoning all use quality ingredients and are
prepared in-house. Uncle Albertís is also MSG free.
asked what makes Uncle Albertís signature dish so mouthwatering,
Maggie divulge: ďThe secret not only lies in the batter but also
the exact temperature at which the batter puffs up, protecting
its piscine contents, allowing the fish to steam rather than wallow
Albertís is good, very good to be fair, and well above most fish
and chips I have tried. So well done Maggie and keep it going.
Uncle Albertís opening promotion includes free homemade soup and
Irish brown bread with every main course ordered.
Albertís Traditional Fish and Chips
3A-G-8 Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong,
10470 Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 4Ė890 3407 | Fax: +60 4Ė890 5506
Opens daily from 11am to 11pm
and photographed by Adrian Cheah
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