“ Address: Beshoff Restaurant, 6. Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 1 „
About halfway down O'Connell Street in central Dublin is a fish and chip shop advertising the best fish and chips in Ireland. This is Beshoff's, a takeaway and restaurant. We visited one evening for tea during our recent visit to the city.
The ground floor of Beshoff's has the takeaway counter, and a few sets of tables and chairs. There are also some tables outside where you can sit if the weather is cooperating. Upstairs is a much larger seating area, with large windows overlooking O'Connell Street.
Orders are placed at the counter whether for takeaway or eat-in. We placed our order and then were sent off to take a seat with our drinks and told our food would be brought to us. The menu includes the usual chipper selection - various types of fish, scampi, chicken, along with sides and puddings. I chose good old haddock and chips, my partner chicken and chips, and his mum had lemon sole and chips, and we each chose a side dish as well. We had three soft drinks, which were served in paper cups with plastic lids a la McDonalds. This all came to roughly Euro35.
We chose a table by the windows in the upstairs restaurant. It was a weekday evening, and very quiet, at least for sit-in meals. The windows were really nice to sit beside, quite large and with lots of nice warm sunshine streaming through. Our meals were brought to us within 10 minutes. Service was pleasant and efficient, but given the nature of the restaurant, the service wasn't really a big part of it.
Portions were very generous. My haddock was a good size, not too large, with a very fresh batter. The batter was crispy but not overly so - Beshoff's hit that fine line between soggy and too crispy. The fish was well cooked, soft and moist and with no bones. The large portion of chips were just spot on - I do love chipper chips, especially when they are nice and soft and soak up vinegar. I also had a portion of mushy peas on the side, which were nice but nothing particularly special.
The others enjoyed their meal as well. The lemon sole was a larger portion than my haddock, with three pieces of fish each about half the size of my haddock, and although it was a bit much, it was good. My partner enjoyed his chicken, and the coleslaw on the side.
As this is the only fish and chips that I've had in Ireland, I really can't comment on whether it is the best in the country; we saw another place advertising the best fish and chips in Dublin, so perhaps it is a claim which is thrown about a lot. However it was certainly very good fish and chips, we all enjoyed it, and I would be happy to return if I am in Dublin again.