I like simple, no fuss food when I'm in a hurry, and when I break for lunch it's no different. Sometimes, however, that does mean, a less than healthy meal, but as the old adage goes, "everything in moderation".
When I think of a quick, satisfying and filling lunch, I look no further than Dhillons (Cafe and) Fish Bar. It's a no frills, standard chip shop in every meaning of the word, from the typical steel table and chairs, the fried fish in the glass cabinets, and the menus above the till.
Although this is one of the busiest fish and chip shops in the Jewellery Quarter, service is surprisingly speedy. The staff are personable as well as honest and I've seen numerous fellow customers enjoy banter with the staff over the counter. Customer service is a good way of maintaining business, but what retains custom are the fish and chips - they are phenomenal.
Dhillons is by far, one of the best chippies this side of Birmingham. There are other chip shops nearby, but they don't get anywhere near as much custom as Dhillons because they don't compare.
I am normally a healthy eater, but every so often I give in and enjoy the classic 'fish and chips in a tray' meal from Dhillons. It only costs £3.00 and considering the near-city location, it's a bargain. The chips are fat, traditional chippy chips - not the skinny fries, or the battered orange chips which I've seen in other chip shops. No, Dhillons pay homage to the proper British chip, and it is oh so wonderful with a thick fillet of fish, both coated in salt and vinegar.
Having lunch at Dhillons is a real treat, and when you're as healthy as I try to be, a bag of chips can seem like gold. If you're in the mood for a classic British lunch, look no further than Dhillons, the chips are certainly worth it.