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Bertie’s Proper Fish & Chips - The plaice to be
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Bertie's Proper Fish and Chips Restaurant & Bar
9 Victoria Street,,
City of Edinburgh,
0131 322 1000
Mon - Thur: 12noon – 10pm Fri: 12noon – 11pm Sat: 12noon – 11pm Sun: 12noon – 10pm

The latest offering from Edinburgh restaurateur Tony Crolla, Bertie’s Proper Fish & Chips, held its grand opening in January. In contrast to the other Vittoria Group restaurants, which focus very much on Italian cuisine, Bertie’s is all about that British favourite, Fish & Chips, with plenty of Scottish influence.

Despite the change in direction, the restaurant is still very much grounded in the family – named after Tony’s father Alberto, and inspired by his father-in-law’s assertion that "Fish & chips, done properly, is an excellent meal”.

Situated on Victoria Street, Bertie’s is in a prime position to attract visitors to the city and the menu is certainly geared up to appeal to tourists. Aside from with the obvious, diners can enjoy black pudding scotch eggs, haggis spring rolls, haggis, neeps and tatties and deep fried chocolate bars, with an Irn-Bru Spritz, Buckfast Bramble or a Butter Beer from the cocktail menu.

Beyond the Scottish gimmicks, however, the menu looks interesting and varied, with smoked salmon, fish tacos, burgers, pies and fish curry on offer, alongside the predictable haddock and cod, battered sausage and scampi. There is also a good offering for vegans and vegetarians – the vegan fish & chips is made with aubergine, and there is vegetarian haggis, veggie pies and veggie burgers. 

Many will be pleased to also see gluten-free batter and breadcrumbs available. And despite the fish & chips being served with tartare sauce, I was relieved to see a nice big bottle of ‘Edinburgh Chippy Sauce’ on every table. The food is locally sourced and produced wherever possible, while many suppliers are local companies, such as Pickering’s Gin and Arbikie Vodka. 

The family have big plans for the beautifully laid out and spacious venue, which is 11,000 square feet in total over two floors, with open bar areas and the option to project live football and rugby matches onto a large screen.

Bertie’s will definitely be a huge hit with tourists, but it seems ‘the place to be for proper fish & chips’ will have plenty to attract locals too. (D. Spencer)

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