CargoFish lets you build your own version of fish and chips

You walk out of a mall in Bonifacio Global City and spot a neon fish and chips sign, a map of the London Underground, and a Victorian lamp post. Don’t freak — you haven’t teleported.

A new concept by Chefs Matthew Hornsby-Bates and Matthew Lim of Early Bird Breakfast Club, CargoFish came about when Hornsby-Bates, a native of England, noticed the lack of a proper fish and chips shop in Manila after having spent five years in the city. He then decided it was high time this unfortunate scarcity was remedied.

Cobbler and chips.

What happens when two chefs of different backgrounds — one English, another Filipino-Chinese — come together to serve the comfort food favorite? A fusion, of course. To ease Filipino taste buds into the dish, Hornsby-Bates and Lim opted to have a variety of options, from the type of fish, to the sides, to the sauces. The real winner is getting to create your own meal, just the way you want it.

If you want to go authentic, Hornsby-Bates recommends getting the cod with proper chips and slaw salad, served with mushy peas (there’s a secret ingredient that ensures you won’t be a pea-hater like Patrick Verona) and chip shop curry. Fish options also include tilapia, salmon, and even scampi, if you’re not in a particularly fishy mood. Meanwhile, your side choices, from which you can choose two, include sweet potato chips, slaw salad, cargo rice, and onion rings. Let’s be real, though — the sauce is what ties it all together. Go for honey jalapeño or the crowd fave limi chili cilantro for that fresh kick, or keep it simple and tangy roasted garlic or tartar sauce.

Choose from a variety of sauces that cater to both English and Asian palates.

Your fish and chips come served in a neat box, unless you want them in a cone. For the sake of fun, try eating ‘em the right way using the cool two-pronged wooden fork. Wash it all down with a good beer, or try the house lemonade.

Do all these possibilities making your head spin? We feel you. Here’s a pro-tip: You can always go for seconds.

Salmon and cargo rice.

CargoFish is located at 4/F Uptown Mall, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.


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