A TikTok-smashing, viral media sensation, Coventry’s newly famous Chippy has a reputation that precedes him.
In the hour I spend navigating the line, the home of the Morbius diner will likely have garnered more social media views than most Harry Ramsdens will see in their lifetime.
The bright red facade is a huge hit with crowds snaking out of a parking lot onto the sidewalk outside.
There’s a good-natured buzz among the predominantly Gen Z clientele, which includes a group touring from Bristol and two young men doing the same from Gatwick.
Roaring cruiser engines in the parking lot and a faint hint of cannabis complete Thursday’s scene, although those elements aren’t coming from those of us lining up for a virally recommended dinner.
Fandom praise among those I chat with goes to four young Americans who met online to make the trip to Binley Road. My jaw drops.
When I reach the long counter, they delay things by ordering t-shirts, but no one bothers.
A server at the other end yells “Next!” and I wave like I’m mimicking a naff meme and weave my way through the crowd.
TikTok generosity aside, I can finally see what the top trending chippy is doing for the taste buds.
I take fries, small fish and mushy peas which cost me £8.30.
I’m asked if I want my fare open or closed, and when I ask for the latter, I get a rectangle of white styrofoam, almost the length of an A4 sheet of paper.
Viral clips have focused on the parking lot outside as there’s no seating, and my first bite is accompanied by an insane burst of revs from a scene resembling a grime video audition.
The fries are fat, soft, perfectly golden and medium fried.
The fact that they didn’t sit around – my waiter had to queue for a few seconds to get to the fryer – is clearly a blessing.
The fish is soft and tender in a distinctly browned, crunchy batter that’s easy to separate with your fingers.
The mashed peas, which were spread on top as I requested, taste like they were freshly made and the mix has a welcome hint of lemon too.
The components all had the right texture and heat, with few traces of fat despite the ample load.
Chicken and lamb kebabs each have their own overhead menus, and there’s a range of pineapple fritters for £1. One of the Americans tried a wrap, which he gave top marks, although they seemed simply impressed by the traditional British cuisine of salt and vinegar.
As I return past the incessant line, a litany of discarded crisp papers lie along the sidewalks and on the grass verges.
A local resident had waved his arm to scare off a group that had stopped near me, while a young man cracked open a beer bottle as I parked in one of the few available spaces on a side street.
It seems petty to tag Binley Mega Chippy for matters outside his front door, but the hip venue would do well to banish the less welcome hallmarks of his fame. The fish and chips deserve no less.
I’ll be more than partial to a return visit, although it might be once the social media craze takes over.
Do you have a story you would like to share? Contact email@example.com
For more stories like this, Visit our news page.
Get the top news, feel-good stories, analysis and more
https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/04/we-review-the-mega-chippy-thats-gone-viral-on-tiktok-16765773/ We review the "mega" chippy that went viral on TikTok