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“Surprising pakora (to a Yank)”

Mr Pia's Fish & Chip
Ranked #8 of 15 Restaurants in Inveraray
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“Surprising pakora (to a Yank)”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

I visitted Scotland from the US in July, and stopped in at Mr. Pia's in Inverary more or less by chance. I'd had fish & chips stateside as well as elsewhere in Britain, and while Mr. Pia's was pretty good, it wasn't particularly standout. The experience was very informal - I ordered at the counter, carried my food outside and sat and ate it at a free table (which was hard to come by). No waitstaff involved.

Here's what did stand out to me: its offering of fried vegetable fritters Indian style (pakora). Now I've had plenty of fresh, hot pakora in my time; I live in NYC amid a large population of Indians and Pakistanis. But Mr. Pia's version has one thing going for it that none of those restaurants ever did: (1) they fried it in the same oil as the fish and chips, and (2) I ate them with malt vinegar.

Fresh, crispy pakora steeped with the flavor deep fried fish, salted doused with malt vinegar.

I cry sometimes to think I'll never taste this again, unless I figure out how to make it myself.

  • Visited July 2013
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RBCmanagement, General Manager at Mr Pia's Fish & Chip, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
Thank You for taking the time to review Mr Pia's.
I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your meal with us, and i am pleased to say we are now have chicken, haggis and vegetable pakora on our takeaway menu.
We look forward to seeing you again in the future,
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“Poor sales ethics”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

arrived at Mr Pia's expecting good things as several friends had recommended it as a worthwhile visit. historically Mr Pia's is a well known fish and chip shop with a seating area on the side.
when we arrived for a sit down meal the waitress was very bossy and gave off the impression it was all a bit of a bother to her. We askes for the chippy menu as we had been given a suedo Italian bistro menu that was over priced for lunchtime - to our utter dismay we got told that was the menu and if we wanted chippy stuff we would get charged for a steak pie from the bistro menu. Hungry and cold we reluctantly agreed and all got charged around £9.00 each for an assortment of sausage and black pudding suppers, I was utterly disgusted by this treatment. Driving your spend per head higher is all fair and well but pointing a gun and forcing customers to pay well over the odds for a basic chippy lunch is a disgrace. Our table spent a fair old whack on teas, coffee, Chippy food, cakes and soft drinks but all agreed we had been milked and will never go back. Such a shame as the food is good but when a restaurant begins to dictate so aggressively to their customers its time for a strategic rethink.

  • Visited September 2013
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RBCmanagement, General Manager at Mr Pia's Fish & Chip, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write this review, but i am saddened to hear that you did not enjoy your time here.
Our restaurant has a extensive range of products on the menu from specialist pastas, locally sourced produce to homemade burgers and our award winning fish and chips. we cater for people with allergies and have a selection of gluton free meals available and can usually find something that everyone will enjoy.
We don't sell chippy food in the restaurant but we where happy to oblige you and before you ordered you were informed you would be charged the same price as a scotch pie which is the cheapest item on the mains menu at £7.95, Take away food is cheaper to take away as its wrapped in paper and not plated and waiter served, No one was forced into ordering so i think its unfair to imply we had a gun at your head as i said you had a wide variety to chose from on our menu and chose to order outwith and were informed of the price BEFORE ordering and you chose to do so, we are not the only restaurant in the town and you were free to look elsewhere but decided to dine with us after hearing the set price for your meal.
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“Fab find”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Visited the chippy on the Saturday night and went back for coffee and cake in the cafe the next day. Would recommend if you're passing through Inveraray.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Ann J
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RBCmanagement, General Manager at Mr Pia's Fish & Chip, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
Thank you for your review and i am pleased that you enjoyed your meal with us and hope to have you return in the future
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“Great sit in fish tea!”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

After a long drive, we were passing through Inverary around tea time and stopped here for nosh with our two kids. We opted to sit in just to get out of the car. It was pretty quiet but the service was prompt and we got bread, butter and a cuppa with our fish. The kids went for pizza which was delicious. The fish tea was also delicious. Fish very tasty, a decent size in nice crispy batter. I could have done with a few more chips but to be honest that would have been greedy (who doesn't want more chips) as I was quite full by the end. It wasn't dirt cheap £10.95 for the fish tea but it was very enjoyable and we were on our way again in about 40 minutes. They also provided crayons and paper for the kids.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank suduperth
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RBCmanagement, General Manager at Mr Pia's Fish & Chip, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
Firstly i would like to thank you for taking the time to write this review.
We appreciate that we are a bit off the beaten track so our patrons are usually hungry by the time they reach us and we try our best to ensure our portions fill you.
Our Fish tea is a large fish with chips, Bread & Butter and a choice of tea, coffee or a soft drink for £10.55, Our childrens menu has a picture to colour in and we are happy to provide crayons to keep the wee ones entertained to allow you to relax and enjoy your meal.
If you make youself known to us on your return im sure chef can be coaxed into a few extra chips
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“Busy place”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Lovely fresh food cooked to order. They also do really nice ice cream. You have the option to take away or sit in.

Visited August 2013
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Thank loving_istanbul63
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RBCmanagement, General Manager at Mr Pia's Fish & Chip, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review us, We are pleased you enjoyed your meal and appreciate the fact that despite it taking a bit longer all our meals are cooked to order to ensure they reach you at the best they can be. Our ice cream is made on the premises using the finest products and prepared to a traditional Italian recipe.
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