Posted in Malmö

Nya Tröls Bar & Restaurang – Fish n’ Chips

I want to start by telling my peeps that had to cancel their date for this evening, don’t worry! You didn’t miss out on much, and I’m sure that it will be better next time so you might as well just come then. I was joined by Mr and Miss Married this time around, two first-timers that did a real good job I have to say. Me on the other hand, did less of a good job to check the pictures I was taking, so they are all a bit blurry, I apologize profusely for not doing the place justice.

I met the kids in Central Malmö and then we did a small hike to the restaurant, since I don’t really find my way around Malmö that well either, I had to kick in the GPS on the phone to find our way. It’s easy to spot the place once you reach it, however there were no signs on the outside stating the name good thing for them there are not that many places right there to cause confusion.

When you first walk in, it looks real cosy, a real nice little bar. It turned out that I had booked a table in their restaurant part, not as cosy and totally empty.Empty place

We gave them the benefit of a doubt, since we were early I guess six pm on a Saturday might be a tad bit early to go out and eat. As we were leaving a few hours later, there were loads more people in there.

As we all know what we are eating, the biggest task is to choose the beer and here we were informed that the amazing list of international beers that you found on their webpage was only available in the front bar. The restaurant only carried Swedish beer (strange as I ordered a Staropramen). Here comes the first main complaint; as we were finishing of our meal, people had sat down at the table next to us and the waitress all of a sudden came walking in with bottles of beer from the bar. Apparently some guests are offered the selection from out there and some, like us, are not!

Beer

 

Well, Staropramen works, and I didn’t choose the place for its beer selection, I choose it due to the fact that they had Fish n’ Chips on the menu. They also have a vegetarian option where they replace with the fish with halloumi instead of fish, as Miss Married pointed out, that’s like mozzarella sticks! None of us felt the urge to try it though so I can’t give any input on how it tastes. When the food arrived, we all looked might pleased as it was a real good serving, and looked real yum.

FoodBoy did we get disappointed when we started to dig in! Where do I start? Maybe with the “sauce”, this clump of unidentifiable mush contained something so strange that I’m lost for words – curry! Really?!? I wonder who came up with that brilliant idea. Miss Married still wanted something to dip her chips in and we asked for some mayo, which they didn’t have (I would have guessed that there were mayo in the “sauce” which make one think that it wasn’t made on the scene) but we could have some aioli. Fine we thought, that tasted ok, it also came with an extra 15kr charge on the bill, not too fantastic.

How about the fish? you wonder. Well, it looked real yum and the batter felt real crispy on the outside, however, it was way to thick and as you bit into it you felt a distinct taste of dough. Mr Marrieds fish was one big ball of dough, pretty much, however after digging past the dough the fish inside was real good. We could all agree that it was a well cooked fish with real nice texture (a clear four from all of us). Sad that they forgot to put salt on it, and the lemon was a requirement to get the fish edible.

Then the chips, no crunch, no salt, and a bit mushy! What else can I say? Nothing, they weren’t anything special at all. Miss Marrieds favourite part of the plate was the arugula that came on the side, Mr Married was not as keen on eating his greens and I ate them even though they aren’t really a Fish n’ Chip condiment.

Receipt

 

Conclusion at the end of the meal was that we rather would have been sitting in the bar, as the atmosphere out there was nicer than in the restaurant, also I think we would like to eat something else from the menu as the Fish n’ Chips wasn’t a hit! Too bad, since we want good food for first-timers. Hopefully they are brave enough to show up for more session.

The final score was 23,3 which earns them a second place in the Malmö ranking (out of two)! The hunt continues, hopefully they aren’t all that bad!

Score

 

Posted in Down-under 2013

After rain come sunshine

The sun was shining when I woke up this morning, so I quickly chucked down two pieces of toast for breakfast in order to not miss out.

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Then I finally got around to doing somethingI been wanting for days, paint!

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I may or may not share the result with you guys, not sure if I like it yet.

The day continued with some errands that my hostess needed to run before sitting down for a super yum sushi lunch.

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Then it was excursion tome again, we got on a local bus with a driver driving like a maniac through something called kangaroo grounds before we got of in a really quaint little village.

The village is placed right on the Yarra river and is surrounded by beautiful nature.

While Mr Three-year-old enjoyed the playground, I enjoyed a banana-blueberry muffin.

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Then we walked down yo the river to feed the ducks.

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On our way back to the bus, we stopped into a real proper candy store with candy from all over the world. No Swedish candy though.

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We also had time to stop by an op-shop and I managed to procure the first pressie for the trip.

It’s a funny thing, being on vacation, how you can forget the days. I started talking about what to have for dinner and my hostess casually mentioned that we can just do fish n’ chip Friday. I was 100% sure it was Thursday!

However fish n’ chips it was.

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Posted in 7 Things

7 Things I want to do this week

I know it’s one day late, however since Monday was a day of I say the actual week start on Tuesday and since it’s my blog I do what I want to. It has also been a long time since my last 7 Things, better late than never, right? Here goes;

  1. Start back at the Fish n’ Chips Challenge – it’s is spring enough for this now I think.üAnd the FnC is back on, read all about it.
  2. Keep the alcohol intake to a minimum, I will admit that the Easter Holiday wasn’t as much of a vacation as I needed it to be.ü (At least I think I did, all is relative)
  3. Book a new appointment for the world-famous laser treatment, I do admit it didn’t work as good as one could have wished for. However if first it wont succeed then try again!ü Next attempt is now planned for the 23rd of April, lets hope it work better this time around.
  4. Either go for a run or at least one session at the gym, I need to be in shape pretty soon.ü Well, kind of.
  5. Find at least one object for my Train Chronicles.
  6. Catch up on everything at work, I think I might be a tad behind one some areas. That can be rectified by working late and avoiding bars (see point 2).
  7. Do one load of laundry (boring I know, but it have to be done).ü Such a grown-up!
Posted in 7 Things

7 thing’s that I’m going to do this week

Thus it begins!

I’m going to start out with just sharing 7 things that I have decided that I’m going to do this week.

  1. Go to the Vampires and give them some of my blood so that they can test it and tell me if my blood is good enough to be a blood donor. Haven’t been able to reach them, I blame it all on the opening hours they keep and they are not open over the weekend. I will add it to next weeks list of things to do, one of these day I will get around to it.
  2. Buy more yarn for my blanket project so that I can continue the work on it.!).ü
  3. Not smoke in the apartment at all (looks like mother might be coming for a visit).ü
  4. Go for at least one run.ü
  5. Plan the next Fish n’ Chips session (that is way overdue!).ü
  6. Not do any texting under the influence of alcohol. After two bottles of Tuborg Monday night, I sent mother a text thus I faild this one straight away.
  7. Come up with my very own 7-things-for-a-better-life-list.ü
Posted in Fish n' Chips

This weeks post on Fish n’ Chips…

…will unfortunately be a bit delayed, all due to a forgotten notebook.

Yes, the magic notebook in which the rating is noted down in was left at home when last nights session took place. Due to this, two ratings were forgotten, and the writer is thoroughly ashamed.

Now I am waiting for yesterday’s fellow judges to revert with their additional ratings, once that is done, the post will be published.

Posted in Copenhagen, Fish n' Chips

Another try at what we think might be Fish and Chix – Streckers instead Fish n’ Chips

Let me start out by saying that I am dead tired and wish I was in bed right now, but after last weeks delay by a whole day I do not dare to do it again. Da Teacher will most likely hunt me down and do evil things to me if I do, so here goes;

Todays Fellow Judges;

  • The ever-present Mr Grumpy
  • The for ever correcting Da Teacher
  • And the lovely Miss Legal

Last week when we went to The Irish Rover for Fish n’ Chips we walked by a place that looked exactly like the Fish and Chix place that we tried to visit in Kongens Nytorv but was closed. The funny part being that the square we found this place in is called Nytorv (without the Kongens before) so we figured this might be the place. Thus we took aim for todays Fish n’ Chip session, but alas it does not seem to be meant to be. This after some confusion as there is one bar called Charlies (where me and Miss Legal conducted todays warm-up session) and one bar called Charlie Scott’s (where Mr Grumpy and Da Teacher conducted their warm-up session).

The thing was as well, that I did not expect the place to not be open, our guess is that it closed due to the heavy rainfall of today (and every other day this summer), so there was no back-up plan. And yes, one can think that a world city like Copenhagen have an abundance of Fish n’ Chip serving places, this is not true. However Mr Grumpy did save the evening by remembering this place called Streckers, and there we went. It wasn’t until I came home that I realized that a place called Streckers is on the Fish n’ Chips list, give it a couple of minutes more and I realize it is not the same place as we went to today.

The food was quickly served compared to the drinks, there was a promise from the guy behind the bar that someone would come to our table and take the drink order. This did not happen until I accidentally spoke a little bit loudly about the to be or not to be regarding the table service. It seem that the waitress heard my monologue and rushed to the table to take our order. Once that was done, it didn’t take long for the drinks to arrive either.

From the staff and the menu card, we were prepared for the fact that this was to be Danish Fish n’ Chips rather than British (also called classical) Fish n’ Chips.

One example being that it is clearly stated that the sauce is Remoulade rather than Tartare sauce, for this reason the sauce has been graded as sauce. Honesty always work in the end!

The food arrive, and the first comment was “What is that green stuff?”, yes there was salad on the plate, and this is noticed before the thin little chips that very closely resembled McDonald’s fries rather than chips. The lemon that was served on the plate was deemed more likely being the left-over from someones G&T rather than a squeezable lemon that would spread some lemony taste over the fish.

There was no vinegar or ketchup served or offered with the food. We did receive salt and pepper though, very lucky indeed as I, who never puts extra salt on the food, had to salt both the fish and the chips to get some taste.

But in the long run, I should be happy, at least my batter contained some fish! Da Teacher was unlucky enough to receive a plate with a nice chunk of batter, not to bad tasting, but not much fish in it.

The food in it self scored high points today, this might be due to the disappointment of one closed place, the expectation of not being able to eat this weeks ration of F&C and then the excitement of finding a place that serves the same. This combined with the fact that we ate much later today than usually, might have contributed to the upper level scoring of something that is not really F&C. Or we have just lowered our standards since we started this mission.

It might also be that we did not deduct enough points for the blocked ladies toilets that made a trip into the mens room required. There was also the candles that Da Teacher claim being mosquito repellents, I have a cold so I can’t say, Miss Legal tought that they are more like grave candles.

Either way, we have a new second placer on both lists! The magical lists and all other information is just one click away (hint, click on the rating below).

Posted in Copenhagen, Fish n' Chips

The Irish Rover – Fish n’ Chips

Yesterday it was finally time for Fish n’ Chips again, it’s been way to long but apparently my life came in the way. I should have made this update last night when arriving home, this unfortunately happened to be a little bit late and I was way to “tired” to feel that I could write anything that would make any sense today, so here it is with one days delay (lets just hope that I remember all the important bits);

This week the hunt for the best Fish n’ Chips that Copenhagen has to offer took us to the Irish Pub very suitably called The Irish Rover. Fellow judges this week were the always present Mr Grumpy as well as Da Teacher, the rest of the semi-regulars seemed to be busy with things like vacation and being home sick.

The one thing that happens when you hang out with a teacher, is that, well she is a teacher, spelling mistakes are quickly discovered and pointed out. I do not think that she deducted any points from the food even though the word for fries is misspelled in the Danish menu. Not to worry, for all you non-danish speakers, this Irish Pub do have their menu in english as well, and in that one the word chips is correctly spelled.

Mr Grumpy was of course late as usual, the first thing he does when he finally arrives is to walk inside (yes, these Vikings were sitting outside eating yesterday) buy a beer, come back out sit down and say;

“The beer is bloody expensive!”

After that he says hi, and urges us to order the food even if he is not hungry, since he will not purchase another beer at this bar (for you who wonder, a pint is 50 Danish money). To make him happy, which me and Da Teacher always aim to, we order the food, babble away having a nice time and then got out food. To be honest I do not remember if the food took so long that I wondered if the food would be coming soon. If I didn’t then the food didn’t take to long, if I did, then order before you are hungry enough to want your food straight away.

The fish was today served with chips (not wedges), tartar sauce (or something pretending to be) and peas (de-frosted rather than fresh), and a chunk of lemon. Since the menu didn’t contain this information, Mr Grumpy was kind enough to as, and the fish today was Haddock. He also thought that the biggest chunk of fish should be served to the man, but we all know that in the end it doesn’t matter, since he can eat what we little women do not finish.

Not sure it is a very suitable fish n’ chip fish, since it pretty much crumbled when you started to cut into it. We were lucky that it wasn’t take-away fish as that would have been impossible to eat. The batter was also a sad sight this time, a very thin layer, crunchy but to thin. It also seemed like they forgot to put one part of the fish into the fryer, since the tails had a slightly different color than the rest of the fish.

Mr Grumpy was happy though (guess that is what you call an oxymoron) when identifying vinegar on the table, points of for not being served in a bottle. Who can resist pink little plastic packages of vinegar though? There were also the Tartar sauce, I was under the impression that Tartar sauce was not supposed to be that sour but it was better than no tartare sauce at all.

The chips were not very crispy, and could have done with some more time in the fryer. Not sure this would have helped them as according to Da Teacher, the fryer needed to be changed as the chips got their color from the fryer rather than being fried. Think that she might have to elaborate on that story herself as I did not take notes when she explained how this worked.

All in all, we can determine that this is not the best fish n’ chips in Copenhagen. But it was a nice evening, probably one of the last where the meal can take place outdoors. And the service was good, especially if you compare with a few of the previous places we have been to. For you who missed out on those stories you can find them here and of course  there is The Ranking.