Valerio's Fish & Chips
5 August 2012
I was here on two occasions and on the first I ordered the Fish n chips, I walked away from it feeling queasy, but I am sensitive to cooking oil that is over used as it has to be changed I am also sensitive to bad fish. rule of thumb you cannot smell good fish cooked or not, you only smell the sea.
On the second visit it was chosen as a meeting place for us for a memorial service. I was not going to have anything substantial as I need to loose weight I would settle for soup and a roll as this tends to be 9 out of 10 lentil soup in most cafe's or Restaurants like this and sometimes it is very good. Unfortunately they don't make enough of it here as it was finished they told me.
I was buying tea and eventually a filled roll and then I left the group to get money in case I needed a taxi for the return journey from the cemetery. As I left I got the full effect of the fish menu and decided not to eat any more from there that day at least especially if it was fried. The air from the chippie was noxious.
It is hard to blame the chippie as the fish isn't always what it should be, if you want fresh fish catch it yourself. Most people from fishing communities like me don't buy fish on a Monday and always stated that we don't want Monday's fish when we went to buy it.
It comes from when fish was not landed nor caught on Sundays and had to lay in the hold of the boat until Monday or the shop as shops were generally closed on Sundays too. They should have no excuse these days with refrigeration.
Fish is hard to keep and spoils quickly and a good fisherman will tell his crew to gut the fish almost as soon as caught as this slows the process and maintains the quality of the fish for when it reaches the plate.
When a Gastronome says this about smelling the sea in sea food they are not exaggerating. I find that Lemon Sole is the hardest to get in a fit state to eat here in Edinburgh. Whether I buy it from a shop to cook myself or in a restaurant
The staff are good but you get stared at a lot I don't think it is because of anything bad, they are in the business of selling food and need to see if you want more.
I gave it a four as there was nothing unusual for it being a Chippie and restaurant.
7 February 2009
From the outside this looks really nice and inviting, especially when it's raining. However, when I went in the door I tripped on the rug just inside and fell. As someone who already suffers from serious back pain, I was highly unimpressed when one of the staff stated, "It happens all the time.." I was even less impressed when not one member of staff bothered to ask me if I was okay. So be extremely careful when entering this establishment. It took several comments from one of my companions before anyone came out to ask if I was ok. I am not even convinced this was written in the accident book.
Once inside the food itself was ok but nothing startling. In fact nothing about this cafe made me consider returning to it.
In August 2010 I returned to Valerios as it was the closest to where I was and I needed to sit down. Although the decor was still very much the same I have to say the food and drink was well worth having. Only problem was that they only offer full fat coffee but for a Fish n Chip shop this is nothing unusual. The place is still kept very clean and I avoided going in the main doors so I wouldn't trip this time. It was also very busy which is always a good sign!
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