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Come to CapeTown for a Little Bit of Britain

“Here you go, all nicely wrapped up in today’s newspaper!” said Joseph Malin, as he handed a take out of fish and chips to a customer, one day in London,1864.
Of course this is not an actual quote… (I wasn’t born ’til much later!)… but chances are he said something very similar many, many times over. According to British records, Mr. Malin opened the very first Fish and Chip shop on Cleveland Street in London’s east end in 1860.

Joseph Malin was among many Portuguese Marranos – persecuted Jewish refugees who fled anti-semitism and persecution in Portugal and found safety in London. They brought with them their recipes for fried fish, which thanks to Mr. Malin, became a British icon!

The Malin family ran that very same Fish and Chip shop until they closed in the early 1970s.

We are so very fortunate here in San Diego, to be able to indulge in that famous food at CapeTown restaurant.
Wait a minute, wrapped in newspaper?

Yes, it is true….the daily newspaper became the daily fish and chips wrapper!

British fish and chips were originally served and/or wrapped in old newspapers.  but this old custom has largely ceased since the 1980’s as a result of the European Union, who stated that plain paper, cardboard or plastic must be used instead.

Alas, no more ink on fish, or fishy ink!

It is interesting to observe that as far as anyone knows, no one has ever died of printer’s ink being ingested with the battered fish, but who knows, maybe it was unhealthy after all!!


But why is this British iconic food so popular in South Africa you ask?

The British occupied South Africa in 1806.

durban harbor
The Portuguese immigrant Joseph Malin had opened his Fish and Chip shop in London in 1860, four years before  the British established a sugar cane industry around Durban in the Natal Province. Naturally they brought their favorite foods with them including Malin’s now famous Fish and Chips!

You can now enjoy this iconic bit of Britain from South Africa right here in San Diego!

Capetown’s Fish and Chips are found on the menu in the Cape Kids Section, but not to worry, they will happily prepare it for all the adults who are kids at heart!

fish and chips

Maybe  you are health conscious…well, here’s great news! Fish and Chips are a valuable source of protein, fibre, iron and vitamins, providing a third of the recommended daily allowance of vitamins for men and nearly half for women. You can also get a third of your daily vitamin C from a portion of chips.

Capetown succeeds in satisfying both your taste and your health, with our authentic Fish and Chips. The batter is crisp, light and airy keeping the fish moist and tender. Thick chips absorb less oil than thin ones, so our slap chips with salt and malt vinegar are also healthier.
What other fish/seafood dishes does Capetown have?

How about Atlantic Salmon, Mahi Mahi,  Prawns, and Calamari? Every dish is a feast!


Just for fun…. what would you call your own Fish and Chips shop if you owned one?

……..The first one in New York was called, A Salt & Battery!
Other fascinating  facts to ponder while you are enjoying  Fish and Chips at CapeTown , are the following:

♦ British soldiers identified each other by crying out out ‘fish’ and waiting for the response of ‘chips’.

♦ The UK has an estimated 10,500 fish and chip shops.

♦ The Territorial Army( British Army Reserve)  prepared for battle on fish and chips provided in special catering tents erected at training camps in the 1930s.

♦ Fish and Chips came out on top as a national icon, in two surveys, beating the Queen, Princess Diana and the Beatles.

…..and last but not least”…..

♦ A survey showed that most women believe fish the likeliest dish to put them in the mood for seduction.


♦ Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister said “Fish& Chips are the good companions”.

♦ Michael Jackson, liked his with mushy peas.

♦ George Orwell in The Road to Wigan Pier (1937) said fish and chips “averted revolution”.

♦ Michelle Obama and her daughters had a battered fish supper in a London pub.
Now, you can be one of them….see  you at CapeTown!

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