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Dining at Zan fish

Dining at Zan fish

The Zannetou family have been serving simple, tasty, takeaway food to the good people of Derby since the 1960s, so with 45 years of experience you can be in no doubt that they know exactly what they are doing.  There are now 5 Zan Fish restaurants in Derby and all food is cooked to order whether you decide to eat in or take it away in the traditional manner.

They have an alcohol licence where we dined at The Village with a selection including Peroni or Becks, red or white wine.  The lunchtime menu is fantastically good value with a mini fish and chips, side and a soft drink for £5.95,  a pie, side and soft drink for £4.95 and doner meat and chips with salad and a soft drink for £4.95.

I chose cod and chips, which arrived with a serving of chips but can be served with rice and any side of peas/curry sauce or gravy. The batter was beautifully light and crispy, without any of the grease you often get with battered fish. The owner explained to me that they had tried 16 different types of batter until they found the perfect one and they have been using this now for the past 4 years so the fish is consistently light and crispy.

My partner decided on the chicken tikka kebab, which was served with chips, fresh salad and pitta as well as a side of garlic mayo. This was a million miles away from the kebab which you normally think of. The salad was beautifully crunchy and clearly very freshly prepared The chicken was tender, tasty and beautifully spiced.

Zan Fish is a great place to take the family, with a children’s menu for only £3.95 which includes a choice of sausages, chicken nuggets, burger, fish fillet or fish cake but also comes with a side, drink and an ice cream – amazing value for money.

You don’t often have a dessert menu in a fish and chip shop, or if you do it’s just ice creams, so we were very interested to test theirs out.  I decided on the chocolate sponge pudding, which was served warm.  The cake was moist and light and was accompanied by a jug of custard, the pudding was easily large enough to share and really enjoyable.

Our other choice was the hanky panky chocolate pie, which was like nothing we’d seen before but nevertheless absolutely delicious.  A chocolatey biscuit base with some sort of marshmallow/ nougat centre and ice cream in the middle, then all topped with a chocolate fondanty goo(!)  It was extremely rich but described by the one who devoured it as a little piece of heaven.

Zan Fish fed us an excellent meal with superbly efficient service.  The wealth of experience here shows through in all aspects of the business.  Thoroughly recommended.

Alistair Plant


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