By Jove, there’s a British buzz in the air as Gordon Ramsay North America announces the impending arrival of fast-casual Fish & Chips, coming to Icon Park in Orlando this August.
It’s an announcement sure to get the Union Jacks waving and shouts of “Huzzah” ringing across International Drive, well-known for its appeal to British tourists, but their American cousins will be equally enthusiastic at the arrival of a traditional fish and chip shop from the country that does them best. And while Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips will be a much more posh version of a local London chippie, its menu comes with an air of authenticity.
“It was a real tradition for me growing up, so I’m excited to bring that nostalgia from my youth to Orlando, for all the residents that call the City Beautiful home and the millions of tourists that visit each year,” Chef Ramsay said.
The 30-seat venue with indoor and outdoor seating is the first Orlando restaurant for the celebrity chef, and its location gives diners a terrific view of the Orlando Eye giant observation wheel, as well as being convenient to all of the I-Drive attractions.
Norman Abdallah, CEO of Gordon Ramsay North America, is highly enthusiastic about the new location. “Opening our first of many Fish & Chips outside of Vegas is a milestone for Gordon Ramsay North America. With Gordon’s passion for classic street food, we look forward to bringing Fish & Chips to other markets in the years to come.”
The iconic menu item is fish and chips, of course, made with sustainable True Cod coated in a custard powder batter that fries up crisp and golden brown, accompanied by chips (thick cut French fries) served “natural” with sea salt.
Try the “dirty” version of chips, with truffle, parmesan and chives; or a spicier variation with chipotle, jalapeño, and chorizo. Want an Americanized twist? Go for chips topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, green onion, and sour cream.
The British-style eatery also features other traditional foods ramped up several notches, such as marinated shrimp with basil and lavender, or chicken and chips with special seasonings. There is even a selection of secret menu items.
A great meal needs a sweet ending, and Fish & Chips puts a fun twist on desserts — called “puddings” in the U.K. — such as Sticky Toffee Pudding or Biscoff cookies made into hand-crafted milkshakes, taste sensations that must not be missed. Fresh-squeezed lemonades (spiked or un-spiked), tea, soft drinks, and both domestic and imported beers will also be on offer.
Watch for the restaurant’s Union Jack color scheme of red, white, and blue, plus an iconic red telephone box, when you head over for a “chippie tea” (lunch or dinner), but don’t expect Chef Ramsay to be on hand serving up lashings of pub grub. Want to do the job for him? Fish & Chips is currently seeking to fill 30 full-time and part-time positions.
More information will be coming soon on GordonRamsayRestaurants.com.