Fish & Chips at The Magnificent Fish and Chips Bar, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

>> Jan 27, 2010

A couple of weeks back, I went for lunch with Ching Yi at The Magnificent Fish and Chips Bar in Bukit Bintang. Yes, I got lost. I'm a dungu (dummy) when it comes to directions around KL city (Anywhere else in PJ and I'm fine).

The place was situated along Bukit Bintang. Finding a suitable parking right beside the restaurant was a little tough. However, there is ample parking space at a paid parking lot right behind the row of restaurants (about 5mins walk).

The Magnificent Fish & Chips Bar

The restaurant is like an English Bar/Restaurant serving English breakfast, English traditional fish & chips etc. However, the fish used in their dishes here are actually Australian fish (don't ask me why).

As the restaurant's name suggest, we just had to go for their famous fish and chips. There was a choice of Australian Barramundi (siakap), Butter Fish, King Fish (looks like a Tuna, has firm meat but its not a tuna fish), Parrot Fish, Gold Band Snapper (something like Jenahak), King George Whiting (a fish from Southern Australia), Scottish Salmon, Silver Cod and Flake (Shark Family). I am an avid fisherman hence the knowledge on fish.

Note: please don't go for the dory, although its the cheapest, you're gonna regret it..

We had the crab cocktail and some mushy peas to share. I went for the King Fish whereas Ching Yi went for the Barramundi.

Crab Cocktail

The crab cocktail RM24 was just alright. Nothing really to say about it. It wasn't bad, but it didn't stand out either.

Deep Fried Barramundi in Batter

Deep Fried King Fish in Batter

The batter was crispy on the outside, but slightly soft on the inner side. Accompanied by that flaky fish flesh of the fish, it sure made a very good lunch. The fish was relatively fresh. I must say, this has to be one of the best fish and chips I've tasted around Kuala Lumpur. However, on some pieces of the chips (large cut of fries), there was a slight beer after taste probably from the batter used for the fish.

The difference between the Barramundi RM36 and the King Fish RM38 was that the King Fish had a much firmer meat texture. After all, the King Fish is off the mackerel family and can grow up to a whooping 90pounds or more. I can't really say which one is better. I guess its personal preference, some people prefer a softer fish whereas some prefer their fish meat a little more firm.

Note: Traditional English Fish n Chips are usually made by chucking the fish of choice into a batter made up of flour, baking soda and beer and then deep frying it. From what I've tested in the kitchen, using extra cold water and things like soda water, beer or any other sparking drink makes the batter crispier.

Mushy Peas

The mushy peas RM5 had to be the bigger let down ever. After reading tones of review on how good it is, this was a total let down. Okay, I'm not really a big fan of peas. It was just as the name suggest, mashed up peas. A peas lover might find this good.

Overall, I have to say this is a restaurant I would most certainly come back to. Their fish and chips is one of the best in town. The meal for two came up to about RM120. It certainly was quite pricey for fish and chips. After all, it is located right in the middle of KL city, what else could you expect?

Restaurant rating: 8/10
Pricing: About RM65 per person.

Service: 8/10
Price : 6/10
Quality: 9/10

*Ratings are based on ambience, service, value and food quality for the price you're paying. Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Map to The Magnificent Fish & Chips Bar

28, Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang,
50200 Kuala Lumpur,

Telephone number: 03 2142 7021
Website: click here

Opening Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am-1am
Friday: 8.30am-3am
Saturday: 10am-3am
Sunday: 10am-1am


jfook January 27, 2010 at 11:14 PM  

Wow, I love Fish N Chips!

Tummy Rumble January 27, 2010 at 11:25 PM  

@jfook: then you should really try this fish n chips :)

Nikel Khor January 28, 2010 at 12:51 AM  

wohoo..shuld be vri wonderful moment when having it..

from Nikel Khor

Tummy Rumble January 28, 2010 at 1:00 AM  

@Nikel Khor: yea, had a great time :)

Anonymous,  January 28, 2010 at 1:41 AM  

me <3 fish & chips. my favourite. i like

Alpha Ace January 28, 2010 at 8:20 PM  

long time never eat Fish an Chips d~

the last time i had it was @ Amigo,Melaka.

i don't know what fish but it taste great with garlic sauce~ ^__^

Tummy Rumble January 29, 2010 at 1:32 AM  

@Anonymous: me too :)

@Alpha Ace: original fish and chips must be fried.. hahahha.. fried fish in batter don't go with garlic sauce.. that must have been grilled fish.. haha :)

Alpha Ace January 29, 2010 at 8:55 AM  

ya ... you are rite .. paiseh leh

it was a grilled fish!

Fish n Chips was in batter so, usually the available sauces were usually the tar tar or chili ketchup.

Tummy Rumble January 29, 2010 at 9:25 AM  

@Alpha Ace: yea.. hahaha.. :)

Anonymous,  January 30, 2010 at 7:18 PM  

I tried this place. It was good. I liked it

papayaz January 30, 2010 at 7:18 PM  
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Anonymous,  January 30, 2010 at 7:18 PM  

I tried this place. It was good. I liked it

grace,  February 6, 2010 at 3:52 AM  

the fish looks so golden..

grace,  February 6, 2010 at 3:52 AM  

the fish looks so golden..

Tummy Rumble February 6, 2010 at 1:26 PM  

@Anonymous: :)

@grace: yea, must be the excellent photography skill.. haha.. boasting my own ego :)

Reeves July 24, 2011 at 10:06 AM  

Wow, I absolutely hated the place :) Terrible fish and chips (I'm British, and those were NOT even close to good fish and chips for a Brit), no airconditioning and such expensive prices, I could have eaten four meals for the same price at much better KL restaurants.

I really wanted to like the place as I'd heard such good things. Nah. Pretty awful. KL has superb restaurants and this isn't one of them.

Love your blog, btw. Lovely photos!

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