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Sutton & Sons: Fish & Chips with style

Italians love stories… Especially stories behind food!

I still remember when I was a kid and my grandfather told me everything about his minestrone: “The recipe is 100 years old Filippo and I promise one day, when you’re older, I’ll be revealing you all the secrets” … Unfortunately that day never came, as Nonno left us over 20 years ago, but I’ve already started trying to reproduce that amazing soup he was famous for and I’ll keep you posted on that.

I bloody love stories… Like Matthew’s story, who started working at Sutton & Sons when he was a kid and when they were just fishmongers in Stoke Newington High Street. “Geezers, I went from gutting fish on a pretty rough part of town to managing restaurants. Can you believe that?” … What really got me there wasn’t just his strong Cockney accent, but his passion about what he used to do and what he’s doing now!

He explained to us that the Sutton family started serving fresh fish/seafood in 1998 and 17 years and a heap of satisfied costumers later they recently opened their third restaurant in London, with the ingredients coming, of course, directly from the fishmongers. How good is that?!?

Sutton and Sons - Essex Road
Sutton and Sons – Essex Road

I could have listened to him for hours and hours, but the main reason why me and my friend Damien from London Munchies were there at their brand new Essex Road branch was to try some food… And God we did!

This is the feast that Matthew arranged for us:

  • Fried Whitebait and Calamari (£4.50 each). I love my calamari and I’m not afraid of saying that these were the best calamari I’ve ever eaten in my whole life! Very meaty and VERY yummy!

Sutton & Sons - Starters

Sutton & Sons - Starters #2

Sutton & Sons - Starters #3

  • Second Starter: Half kilo of mussels (£4.50 per half kilo or £6.95 per kilo). As good as the ones my Mamma cooks me when I go down to Italy to see her – If you’re a seafood lover I definitely recommend you to get some when going there!

Sutton & Sons - Mussels

Sutton & Sons - Mussels #2

  • The Fish & Chips (£9.95) + Mrs Sutton pickles (£2.90 each): The piece of cod that Matt brought us was very tender, not greasy and not heavy, the chips were pretty badass, the curry sauce was like heaven in a gravy format and Mrs Sutton homemade pickles were the perfect addition to this beautiness.
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Cod & Chips – Sutton and Sons
Cod & Chips
Please bear in mind that the food looks MUCH better in reality!!
Sutton - Pickles
Mrs Sutton homemade Pickles
  • The grilled swordfish steak (£9.50): YES! YES! YES! My dad used to take me to a fish restaurant near Genova when we were doing wine deliveries around there and swordfish was the only thing I was eating. Not because I was picky but because it was f-ing delicious. This little anecdote to simply tell you that the Sutton & Sons sword fish is on the same level as that one was and I’ll probably take my dad to confirm that next time he’s coming up to London.

Sutton & Sons - Sword Fish

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Delicious sword fish @ Sutton & Sons
  • Last but not least: His Majesty tuna steak burger (£11.90 w. chips). What can I say about this beast? And what to say about the HUGE amount of tuna steak in it? The most appropriate adjective is “Orgasmic”, no doubts about that! Pesto and pickles on the top half of the burger, rich and a wee spicy tomato sauce underneath. How am I suppose to start a diet when I’ve got something like this just a 10 minutes Vespa ride from home?!?!

Tune steak burger - Sutton & Sons

Tune steak burger - Sutton & Sons #2
Tune steak burger @ Sutton & Sons… Jesus!

To all my Italian followers: I know that a lot of you, when in London, are always curious about fish and chips… Needless to say that next time you’re over here, rather than entering a random pub and order a battered and greasy piece of an unspecified animal sold as fish, please go and see my friends at Sutton & Sons – They have great lunch deals, a 20% discount on food after 4pm (offer valid in their Essex Rd branch until the end of November) and they will stuff-your-face with quality food.

For directions/additional information simply visit their site or contact me and I’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.

If you do Instagram stuff don’t forget to tag B&G if you’ll be going there after reading this!

Me @ Sutton and Sons
Cutting the tuna steak burger in half was a pretty tough job…

Thanks for reading and THANKS Matthew for a great night and for a quantity of food that would have fed an army! Best fish and chips I’ve had to date!


Planning on having a naughty weekend? If so make sure these guys will be part of the soundtrack… I recently saw them at the O2 Institute in Birmingham and they blew me away!

Ciao for now!

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Four gigs in a week – Part 2: Death From Above 1979 + Brant Bjork

We have all been there at some point: One of your favourite bands have just announced that they will be playing a show in London in a couple of months and tickets will be available online the following morning at 9am… You get very excited, you let all your friends know, you set up the alarm ridiculously early and for once you rock up at the office on time…

You prepared everything: The card number is copied and ready to be pasted in the appropriate box, you already had 5 coffees and that makes you look like you’ve been out all night on the booze, you open the webpage 5 minutes earlier feeling really clever compared to all the other idiots that are surely still sleeping, and then… and then something goes wrong…

.. The page is really slow and when it comes back to life it tells that you are number 875 in the queue. You refresh, and refresh, and swear in all the possible languages against all the Saints from above, then you refresh again, then a “little” punch hits either the desk or the laptop, you refresh one more time… And then it’s over… Sold Out in less than 3 minutes!

And that’s what happened to me when I tried to get tickets for Death From Above 1979 at the Electric Ballroom..

The goddamned tickets disappeared within 5 minutes of appearing online.. Huge disappointment and hundreds of thousands of unkind words towards all of the Last Supper attendees.

Luckily my friend Cozza is a living legend and somehow he managed to get me a 20 bucks ticket a couple of hours before gig, completely erasing my plans for a quiet and cozy Monday night at home.

DFA ticket

A lot of beers were involved, before, during and after the show, so I don’t remember a lot of details. All I know is that the wall of sound that these 2 fellas from Canada created was like a punch in the face! What an epic gig, and what a tremendous atmosphere!

Right On Frankenstein!Virgins and Cheap Talk (my 3 favourite tracks from their monumental latest release The Physical World) played at the very beginning of the show not just gave a strong shake to all the souls filling the Ballroom, but also made me and my friends going crazy with the bar orders..

DFA1979

I’m not saying that it was a bad idea, but unfortunately the whole “drinking-like-idiots-shenanigans” made me forget about the rest of the show. As said, it was a great fucking gig, and sometimes when you’re having fun, details are not really necessary.

 


Not even the time to recover from a terrible two day hangover and Brant Bjork played The Garage just outside Highbury and Islington station.

Impossible not to drink a couple of lagers when BB was on stage, but this time me and Cozza behaved like if we were invited for a 5pm tea at Buckingham Palace, and no crazy shit happened before/during/after the show.

Me and Cozza
Just one!

Even if he’s a drummer by nature (Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Vista Chino) it didn’t surprise me seeing him being such a great front-man.

Both guitar riffs and vocals have that touch of desert sound that makes you want to be at the wheel of a really old Chevrolet El Camino, driving without destination through the Sky Valley.

BB (1)

The good thing about The Garage is that it never gets really full and you can easily wander around the venue without getting crazy (I remember being able to walk from the bar to the toilet in less than 20 seconds during a Franz Ferdinand gig).

BB (4)

Not much sing-along on my side, as I concentrating more on the music and on that type of “being stoned” kinda feeling created by the four dudes on stage. They played for 90 minutes more or less, without a single dull or boring moments.

BB (3)

If you are into Low Desert Punk you’ll love this song..


Next gigs on the diary:

Friday 14th November – Truckfighters @ the O2 Academy in Islington

Sunday 16th November – Tinariwen @ the Roundhouse

Wednesday 19th November – Jack White @ the O2 Arena

YEAH!