FISH-LESS FISH & CHIPS: SUTTON AND SONS’ EAST LONDON SHOP IS 100% PLANT-BASED

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LAURETTA IHONOR

APR 15, 2019

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If you’re a plant-based eater, we don’t have to tell you that finding vegan fish that tastes just like the real deal can be near impossible. Sure, you can get tofu that looks a bit like cod from a distance, but it never seems to delicately fall apart into flakes like a piece of fish should.

Good news! It looks like someone has finally worked it out, and that someone is Sutton and Sons. They may be best known for frying up the finest fresh fish the city has to offer, but their East London site is now open and there’s not a scrap of fish on the menu.

WHEN FISH GOES PLANT-BASED

Yes, the family-run fish and chip shop has added a Hackney spot to its Islington and Stoke Newington locales, but unlike the other sites, this addition is 100% plant-based.

So how exactly are they running a fish and chip shop with no fish? Their secret is banana blossom — the tear-shaped purple flowers you’ll find hanging at the end of banana clusters while they’re still on trees.

Sutton and Sons has figured out how to perfectly marinate these flowers in seaweed so that they take on the taste and texture of fish. And thanks to this special ingredient, when you’re digging into their vegan fish cakes or battered fish you may just forget for a moment that your meal is vegan. Genius!

MORE THAN VEGAN FISH

But it’s not all about fish at the new site. Pop in to discover how Sutton and Sons does plant-based scampi, prawn cocktail, and the chip shop classic that is battered sausage and chips.

And don’t forget that they’re fully licensed — and we’re not talking about warm cans of cider here. Sutton and Sons only serves the good stuff, which means you can get a bottle of prosecco, champagne, or an ice cold glass of rosé to go with your chippy tea.

We’d say that alone is worth a trip to the Graham Rd. site. But be warned: it’s smaller than the Islington and Stoke Newington branch, so go early if you want to sit in for your fish-less fish and chips.

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