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Salem Eats: Battered Fish and Chips

Written by Christian F. Hanson on Sep. 20th, 2023
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In the quaint town where myriad eateries compete for a prime spot on every local’s list, “Battered Fish and Chips” stands out, not just for its catchy name, but primarily for its delectable dish that has residents and visitors hooked – their signature Fish and Chips.

What makes their fish and chips particularly unique? “Fresh fish,” the owner proudly stated, emphasizing the quality they never compromise on. “Battered Fish and Chips’s” priority is fresh fish delivered every 2 days. This freshness is palpable in every bite, flaky on the inside, perfectly crispy on the outside. The batter, distinctively crunchy, has its own story. It’s made with a high-quality lager beer, a touch most places skip due to the cost. This beer batter gives the dish its unique texture and flavor, something that loyal customers swear by.

Another testament to their dedication to freshness is the sauces. They’re all made in-house, prepared daily to ensure that they retain their zest. In fact, the mango sauce, a customer favorite, is freshly ground, sometimes even twice a day! Such dedication ensures that what you get on your plate is always fresh and flavorful.

While they pride themselves on their fish, they haven’t overlooked their chips. Notably, they don’t use leftovers; new batches are constantly being made to maintain the quality and taste. “Every day,” the owner emphasized. And all this meticulous care isn’t lost on the customers. The overwhelming feedback has been positive. As the owner recollected, a gentleman once exclaimed it was the best fish and chips he ever had. Such praise is frequent, and word of mouth has significantly contributed to their growing popularity.

However, it’s not just the food that makes “Battered Fish and Chips” special. Their customer-centric approach is evident in the care they take in ensuring quality. Several times, they’ve had to return fish shipments that didn’t meet their standards. On some days, if the fish wasn’t up to the mark, they preferred telling customers they were out of stock rather than compromising on quality. 

Andrew Sekya (owner) is from Myanmar, a small southeastern country in Asia, which was a British colony until 1948, and had a highly corrupt government influenced by China. In 2007, Andrew and his father moved to the United States to seek opportunity, freedom, and democracy. Here he became a sushi chef, and is pursuing his passion for the restaurant industry. 

The restaurant, despite its success, has retained a close connection to its community. The walls depict a strong cultural vibe, aiming to make everyone feel at home, whether young or old. Their focus remains on maintaining the freshness and quality that has earned them their reputation.

In conclusion, “Battered Fish and Chips” is more than just another eatery. It’s a testament to what dedication to quality, freshness, and customer satisfaction can achieve. So, the next time you’re in town, you know where to head for a delightful plate of Fish and Chips.

Christian F. Hanson

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