John’s Plaice is a newish chip shop on the High Street at Shanklin. Matt visited with junior reviewers Bill and Jack one evening after a football match had placed them relatively far from home and in need of sustenance.
The shop is modern, with clean white and stainless-steel styled gleaming furniture. The menu is typical chip shop fare, and Matt immediately spotted that the prices at John’s were actually very reasonable. The two smartly-uniformed staff behind the counter were brusque to the point of taciturnity, but certainly efficient. Their orders placed, Matt, Bill and Jack took a few moments to enjoy the cute cafe-style chairs and tables provided for those waiting for orders. Before too long the freshly-cooked meals were ready, wrapped in paper; the party set off home with the appetising smell of warm, damp paper permeating from the bag.
On consumption, the food proved to be excellent. The battered items were done to a turn – not sticking to the paper, and not at all over-greasy. The chips were exceptionally tasty – really amongst the best chips to be had on the Island. Matt’s perfectly-cooked cod portion, although medium size as ordered, was easily large enough to pass for a ‘large’ in many establishments. Jack had his favourite jumbo battered sausage, and was impressed by the crisp batter and flavoursome, meaty, non-greasy sausage.
John’s Plaice is highly commended for the quality of the food and the very good value for money. If they could only bring themselves to knock up a few lines of chirpy chippy chappy repartee they would really put the icing on the cake.