Homegirl London’s Food Review: Gilly’s Fry Bar. Recently opened just behind the transport hub in Finsbury Park is this Northern chippie meets Asian tempura joint. It’s not a glamourous location by any means but if you’ve struggled home on public transport you can nip in for a fix of fried food after work. It’s also very near the amazing Park Theatre so you can pop in next time you’re seeing a play. If you’re looking for a fish and chip shop in Finsbury Park, restaurants in N4 or somewhere interesting to eat give Gilly’s Fry Bar a try.
“Share a selection of fabulous fried food at this Northern chip shop meets Asian tempura house located just behind the transport hub in Finsbury Park,” Homegirl London
Gilly’s Fry Bar Menu
Northerner Neil Gill is the man behind this quirky chippie and if you live locally you’ll know he is also behind Seasons restaurant on Stroud Green Road. On arrival to Gilly’s, you are given a menu and a pen so you can tick what you want to eat and hand it in. The menu is divided into sections and kicks off with raw offerings which includes hand chopped and dressed ceviche, tartar and salads. Homeboy ordered the Sea Bass Ceviche which was absolutely delicious and had a kick to it. The other ceviche option was salmon.
Sea Bass Ceviche
Because we were going to be eating an abundance of fried food we decided to throw in a few healthy options. The Heritage Tomatoes were fresh with a dressing of olive oil and fresh basil.
I particularly enjoyed the Gem Chopped Salad with kewpie mayo dressing and a scattering of panko bread crumbs. We were debating whether to try the Picked Radish Salad instead but I’ll give that a go next time.
Gem Chopped Salad
Those of you who are fried food and batter lovers, will want to know about this selection. Fried veg includes Shitake, Onion Rings, Aubergine and Courgette which are served with a dipping sauce. I loved the Spicy Sweetcorn Scraps with chilli which were awesome.
Spicy Sweetcorn Scraps
Fried Plaice, Hake and Pollock can be ordered which is small bites rather than a big whopping fish. You can pair these with crinkle cut chips and katsu style curry sauce dip if you want. They even do a chip and curry sauce butty! Then you have the Scampi or sausage. Homeboy raved about the scampi, said it was top notch. Vegetarians can order the Halloumi Cheese with Honey. I usually grill my halloumi, this was deep fried which was actually really good.
Halloumi Cheese with Honey
The dessert offering was Mini Doughnuts which we ordered and they were the same as you get in Season (Gilly’s other restaurant) and are very popular. The only problem was that we shared between three and you get four doughnuts so we had to carve up the last one! Other sweet treats are an Ice Cream Sandwich or Deep Fried Celebrations. That’s Celebration sweets which include mini Mars Bars, Bounty, Snickers etc. So yes, there is deep fried Mars Bars!
Prices were £7-7.50 for ceviche fish, fried selection £4-6, sides £3-4 and desserts £3-5. The drinks list was interesting with a Salt and Vinegar Martini and Pickled Onion Shot! The Highballs (alcohol with soft drink mixer) sounded tempting, try something vibrant like the gin with cherry, elderflower and 7-up. With a few chav drinks including Pink Lambrusco and childhood favourites like Cream Soda, Ting and Dr Pepper you can take a trip down memory lane.
Gilly’s Fry Bar Interiors
The restaurant has a glass front with writing on the window – “come in and get battered” and “frying tonight” which is a phrase from the Carry on Screaming film. Enter and the interiors are minimal and contemporary but I did notice the anaglypta wallpaper covering the walls which was a nice retro touch. It’s a small and intimate place to enjoy a fun evening with your lover or friends and I thought it would make a great first date venue!
Gilly’s Fry Bar Information
You can visit the Gilly’s Fry Bar Website although there isn’t much information on there at present. The restaurant is behind the Finsbury Park Station which is an area undergoing regeneration. The address is 4A Clifton Terrace, London N4 3JP. It is near to the amazing Park Theatre. Current opening times listed are Tuesday to Saturday 5pm-10.30pm. You can’t make reservations so just show up and hope for the best!
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Rich and Homeboy for dining with me.