I used to frequent Fish & Co back in the day when I was a perpetually-broke undergrad. It may not be at the top of the league table, but they do know their fish and can be relied upon for a worthwhile and affordably decent meal.
I was very amused by their recently-implemented Smile-or-Free-Drink policy. Apparently, if you catch your server not smiling, you're entitled to call them out on it and a fizzy drink on the house. Perhaps, that's why the servers were all so smiley, but not in that creepy, frozen smile way. Maybe just a smidge too smiley compared to the usual service staff but they did seem genuine and friendly.
A newly launched appetizer, the Crispy Whitebait ($5.95) coated in a thin batter, and sprinkled with flavourful herbs and spices, was surprisingly elegant. This was good on its own without the tartar sauce.
A luxed-up rendition of their classic, the London Fish & Chips ($17.95) is done with cod in place of the standard dory fish. I much prefer the oily richness of cod anyway, and that fantastic lemon butter sauce enhanced the clear flavours of the cod with its contrasting bright and creamy accents. Special mention must be given to the chips here, they'd fried it in some kind of really awesome fat, making it really tasty and addictive.
The perfectly moist Baked Ginza Salmon ($19.95) was encrusted with umami furikake, and finished with zesty balsamic vinaigrette.
Fish & Co
290 Orchard Road
Tel: 6733 0938
Open daily from 10am to 11pm