Fish and chips you can feel good about
Where? 1 Cale Street, London SW3 (020-7351 1806, tomsplace.org.uk)
Who’s Tom, then? Tom Aikens, the reformed enfant terrible of the chef world. He’s taken on a British institution – the fish supper.
Shouldn’t that be Tom’s Plaice, then? Well, it is a fish-and-chip restaurant, but Aikens’s tasty makeover isn’t the place for bad puns. It’s all about quality and ethical ingredients, complying with Marie Claire’s own Fashion With Heart philosophy.
Cod and chips, twice. Not so fast. All fish here is from sustainable stocks, which means endangered species such as cod or halibut don’t get a look in. Instead, you can order sustainably sourced varieties such as gurnard, pollack and megrim sole caught by family-owned fleets operating out of Cornwall. Other treats on offer include spaghetti vongole and bouillabaisse.
Chips with that? Hand-cut ones, cooked to perfection in either beef dripping or vegetable oil.
Open or wrapped? Whether you eat in or take away, you’re ethically on-board. The food is soundly sourced and so is everything else, from the recycled cardboard for the takeaway boxes
to the wooden chip forks.
You want sauce with that? Definitely. The ketchup and tartare are home-made. Other sides include mushy peas and onion rings.