British/ Irish/ Pub

The Magnificent Fish & Chips Bar

by The Foodster on Mon, May 19, 2008

Fat chips drizzled with salt and vinegar and fish dipped in batter and fried till golden. Mmm... fancy a bit of Britain on your plate? Then get yourselves down to MFCB

Think of thick doorstep chips soggy with salt and vinegar

Foodster's Verdict

The Magnificent Fish & Chips Bar
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  • Address

    28 Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
    Tel: 03 2142 7021

  • Open

    Mon-Thurs, 8.30am-1am; Friday, 8.30am-3am; Sat, 10am-3am; Sun 10am-1am

  • Pros

    Satisfying if you are hankering for pub grub

  • Cons

    Can get really noisy especially on sports nights

  • Price Range

    RM 60

  • Parking


  • Certification

    Pork Free

How magnificent can a fish and chips place calling themselves ‘Magnificent’ be? Well, at this place, it can be pretty magnificent… expensive... but magnificent. For the KL expat-Brit missing his traditional stodge and fry-up, the MFCB is certainly the place for them.

Located amid the bustling and colourful eateries along Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang, the MFCB offers fast, friendly service in a relaxed pub style environment. A cleaner and more cosmopolitan version of the British ‘Greasyspoon’ , the MFCB dishes up hearty portions of crunchy battered fresh fish – (choices include Dory, Barramundi, Cod and Salmon) complete with doorstep-thick chips. It even comes with a paper wrap lining to give it a more authentic look.

For added authenticity, you need to generously drizzle some vinegar and salt all over the fish and chips and wait a little until the chips at the bottom gets a bit soggy. Have them with the crunchy fish batter. Folks, do not confuse breadcrumbs for batter. Real fish and chips use batter. That's what makes it crunchy and British. Breadcrumbs just makes it Malaysian…. Anyway, cod or snapper is our favourite selection for fish. They do serve salmon but we don’t know whether this is a great fish for fish and chips because salmon is best cooked over low heat. We heard that a chef elsewhere actually cooked salmon at 39 degrees celcius and it worked. Theoretically then, does this means that you can have an bad fever and cook salmon on your belly? Well, the mind wonders…

Alongside the fish and chips, they serve other favourites such as bangers and mash, mushy peas and beef and onion pie. With the pies and fish and chip dishes costing between RM30 – RM45, the eating experience here is good value for money. Especially if you factor in that for the same experience elsewhere you'd probably need to fork out the price of a plane ticket to London Heathrow. But still… if you crave for authentic fish and chips just like the ones in the UK, this dare we say can be the closest you will get in KL.

More upmarket ‘posh-nosh’ is also on offer with Oysters and an excellent appetizer of smoked salmon on crusty bread piled onto a springy bed of fresh rocket, but this is not really the place for fine dining, lingering degustation or romantic tete a tetes. It's simple, ‘British caf’ wooden tables, adorned with the typical vinegar and sauce bottles that fit perfectly with the classic English, ‘no frills’ fare on offer. MFCB also offers the perfect Sunday morning hangover cure with sausage sandwiches and Eggs Benedict, all washed down with a jug of Mary (Virgin or otherwise). It is a loud place with noise and clatter from the busy bar and TV sports screen spilling over into the outside dining area. The MFCB is not a venue for those with young children or those wanting tranquil dining. It’s bright, it’s brash and it’s British. But the food is good value, comfortingly tasty which makes it a great place to relax and have a fleeting taste of Britain in Malaysia. By the way, fish and chips is not the UK’s favourite dish anymore. It’s something Indian… like curry or something. Nevertheless, we love our fish and chips here. It’s just magnificent……