Deep-Fried Seafood: Staunton Street 2015 is going through some major transformations, seriously upping the F&B game with trendy establishments that used to belong only in NoHo, PoHo—pretty much anywhere but SoHo. Beer & Fish, by some of the guys behind TAP The Ale Project in Mong Kok, is the one of the hottest newcomers.
Look & Feel: This little corner shop bordering Aberdeen Street is tiny, seating 10 people max at its shiny black bar tables. The space feels alfresco, as it’s completely open and one set of tables faces the sidewalk straight on. B&F is essentially a jazzed-up fish and chips joint: customers order from a blackboard at the cash register, snatch a seat if they’re lucky, and dig right in.
On the Menu: You don’t have to be a psychic to figure out the specialties here… expect an ocean of seafood-based dishes like jambalaya and fish fingers, and a selection of craft beers from Japan, Hong Kong and farther afield. If you don’t know what to get at a place called Beer & Fish, we can’t help you.
Service: The staff are quite friendly and helpful here, so feel free to ask any questions and get their recommendations. But do remember that Beer & Fish is a fast-food joint at the end of the day—so adjust your expectations accordingly.
Jeng: You’ll be safe with any of the beer-battered fish and chips combos — the deep-fried fish is joyfully crisp on the outside and bursting with juicy meat in every bite. Paired with skin-on fries, they’re a definite guilty, greasy pleasure. The Crab Cegg — essentially a ramped-up version of eggs Benedict, with brioche toast at the bottom and a crabmeat and sweet potato mash in the middle — is another must-order. Beer-wise, we especially enjoyed the Tokyo Black Porter from the Yo-Ho Brewing Company and the Big Wang American Pale Ale from Kiuchi Brewery, both from Japan. Local favorite Young Master Ales are also on offer.
Not So Jeng: It is not easy to score seats here, so you might want to skip the sit-down dinner and settle for takeaway, and then find some free steps on Aberdeen Street to enjoy your meal instead.
Great For: Looking to line your stomach before a night out on the town, or dying for something substantial to cure a hangover? Beer & Fish’s accessible location and solid offerings make it an obvious choice.
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