Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Fish & Chips For Lunch Today? Right-O!

My coworkers and I were feeling quite worldly today so we decided to hop in the car and get a little taste of England right here in Valley Village. Robin Hood, a British pub and restaurant complete with beers on tap, dart boards, and adorable tea cozies on the teapots, was the perfect escape from North Hollywood cubicle-land. Its friendly staff who are all from the motherland (or close to it) and older, local clientele almost make you feel like you were suddenly beamed up to England.

Play Darts at Robin Hood

What do I (and my coworkers) get here? It's ALL about the fish & chips. Good fish and chips are hard to find...either the fish isn't fresh or there's too much batter or it's soggy, whatever. Not here. Robin Hood's fish & chips are made with good size pieces of fresh cod, moist and flaky on the inside, with just the right amount of crispy batter. The fish is about the size of a small flip flop, or a water bottle, or a cordless phone--you get the picture--so a half order is sufficient for us hungry office drones. The chips, or fries as we Americans call it, are fat and crispy. And of course, fish and chips are never complete without malt vinegar, so naturally, each table already comes stocked with its own bottle. If you're into tartar sauce, theirs is good--not too sweet, not too sour.

Half Order of Fish & Chips

Robin Hood also has other British fare such as Bangers & Mash (which I've tried and is pretty good) and Shephard's Pie. If you're looking for even more British authenticity, they've even got HP Sauce at the table, which we learned today, is the original Brown Sauce. It tasted kinda like plum sauce to me, but apparantly, it's been around since 1899 and is great with everything from chips to jacket potatoes! Eat your heart out Heinz.

The Original Brown Sauce

All good things have to come to an end sometime, so we paid our bill and beamed ourselves back to North Hollywood.


Robin Hood British Pub
13640 Burbank Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91401
(818) 994-6045


Barnze said...

Big it up for Robin Hood!

Richard Mason said...

Heinz now owns the maker of HP Sauce, as of 2005 (deal approved by UK government antitrust authorities in 2006).

They knew a good thing when they saw it.

TotalD said...

I just came from this disgusting restaurant and I am reporting them to the department of health. I have never had this bad an experience with any restaurant ever. I went and joined a friend after they had a farewell party for a friend from work. I arrived late and so decided to have something to eat. I had a glass of white wine , the onion soup and a King salad with chicken strips. About half way through the salad I was eating a piece of chicken and it felt like it had grit or dirt all over it. Examining it it had dirt, sand and feces all over it. I spit out everything trying not to vomit . I washed my mouth out with my wine .

I called over the waitress who took it to the kitchen and she came back saying the chef said it wasn't there before but it was and my roommate can confirm that it was directly from the kitchen. I refused to pay for a thing and left. Most disgusting experience I have ever had and the first I have had with any restaurant. AVOID !