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Ice Cream and Fried Fish, In That Order

pistachio truffle sundae
Sweet Melissa Cremerie
Sweet Melissa Cremerie

The pistachio truffle sundae from Sweet Melissa Cremerie sounded promising, but knowing that few pistachio ice creams use the nut to its highest potential, I kept my expectations low. Not even Otto gets it right and I consider their gelato to be the best in the city (the olive oil gelato cancels out all wrongs). Unfortunately, Sweet Melissa's ice cream was boring and low on pistachio flavor. The texture was smooth and creamy and there were crunchy pistachio bits in every other bite, but that doesn't really make up for "blah" pistachio ice cream.

I can't really blame it on Sweet Melissa though since they don't make their own ice cream—they make their sundaes with Bassetts ice cream. Still, for about $10 I'd want the ice cream the be the "oh my god, yes" part of the sundae, not the homemade Valrhona hot fudge, freshly whipped cream, pistachio truffle, or flute cookie. None of those extras made much of an impression on me, but I could see how they factored into the price.

Chip Shop
Chip Shop

And then John and I went to Chip Shop to actually eat dinner...a dinner of fried fish...after dessert.

cod n chips

We split an order of battered cod and chips. It's huge. It's crispy. It's flaky. It's tender. It's awesome. Especially with tartar sauce. I don't eat fish and chips very often to know whether or not it's "the best," but it's one of the best I've ever eaten (the fish at least; the chips were alright) And it feeds two people, somewhat, after they've eaten a sundae.

pickled onions, oo
Pickled onions

We also got pickled onions. I was curious. I don't do well with raw onions (my stomach reacts to them with gurgles and burning), but pickled are apparently okay. I think they'd be better sliced up, although I guess that's what the knife is for.


Sweet Melissa Cremerie
274 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Chip Shop
129 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201


Kathy / July 20, 2008 7:29 PM

Mmhmm Don and I totally felt the same about the pistachio sundae when we had it the following weekend. It pretty and decent in size...but pretty boring and totally not worth $10. I'm acutally curious about the brioche bread pudding - now that looked tasty! ^_^

Christina / July 20, 2008 8:06 PM

Heh, it's funny that they used Valrhona. I hate it when the fudge sauce outweighs the ice cream, though.

Who says you can't eat dessert before dinner? I sometimes eat dessert before dessert!

Sera / July 21, 2008 6:33 AM

have you tried movenpick pistachio ice cream? its an overpriced chain i discovered in taiwan.
ive never had better pistachio in ice cream form.

Yuizaki / July 21, 2008 10:33 AM

AHHH!! You make me miss London and the fish and chips shop I went to the last time I was several years ago!!! :) I remember it was the one of the very best fish and chips I'd ever eaten...well..duh, it was in London after all. I forget the name but I am sure if I could head back there, I'd remember...

I hear there is an authentic one in the LES/ABC side of Manhattan though. I remember the name was a pun or something...

Oh. Assault & Battery or something. I keep saying I'll try it but I never get a chance to. We end up at the places close to work and end up drinking and eating there instead...

I admit I like almost any ice cream...>.

Yuizaki / July 21, 2008 10:45 AM

ha...i forgot to write it the way the shop writes it - A Salt and Battery. :)

Danny / July 21, 2008 11:30 AM

Yea... Sweet Melissa's scare me with their prices. It seems like everything is expensive there! Can you taste the difference between different types of fried fish? Because no matter what fish they use, it almost always taste the same to me.. unless they fry salmon.. then yes but that's just too easy.

Yvo / July 21, 2008 12:04 PM

(Why does your site refuse to remember me? Dangit...)

Mmm... how thick was the batter on the fried fish? I'm very picky about this point... I have noticed that restaurants tend to get this wrong while fast food joints *wince* (which I do NOT go to anymore for a ton of reasons!) do alright... I hate paying $15 for fried fish that would have been better at Long John Silva's or whatever those places are called!

Steph / July 21, 2008 4:02 PM

Mmm. I do believe that I could live off of that sundae and those fries for about a month before I tired of them. Or before I fell ill with scurvy.
- S

Gillian / July 21, 2008 6:33 PM

Cut up a pickled onion? Heaven forbid! As someone living on the coast in the UK near many a chippy may I implore you to think again!

Pickled onions hold two main experiences:
1. Trying to spear one out the massive jar that they come in worth your fork, a deceptively difficult task
2. Ending up with a massive one that you have to stuff in your face whole, sucking all the vinegary goodness out of it until your eyes go crossed

They're like a pickled yummy challenge :)

roboppy / July 21, 2008 6:56 PM


Christina: Sometimes I eat dessert before dessert BEFORE dessert!

Sera: I've never had Movenpick, but I heard it's good. The best pistachio ice cream (er..gelato!) is in Italy though! ;)

Laryssa: There should've been more fudge.. !

Yuizaki: I've passed A Salt and Battery a bunch of times but never tried it. As for why I'd go out to Brooklyn for Chip Shop, I dunno! I should check it out..

Danny: I probably can't tell the difference between the fish!...unless I eat them side by side. Which I haven't gotten to do. Hmm, maybe I need to perform an experiment.

Yvo: I think it was...medium? Haha. It wasn't too thick, or thin. Maybe medium thick. Not sure if that helps you at all (probably not). The fish part was also thick though.

Steph: Just get some vitamin C supplements. ALL GOOD!

Gillian: Ahh, I gotta stuff it into my face whole? ;_; Can I be a wimp and cut up my onion? Hehe.

Jenni / July 21, 2008 7:23 PM

Darn, and that photo of the pistachio sundae looks so pretty. Too bad it's not so great.

I am not usually a major fish fan, but I do love me some fish and chips. I grew up in Australia, and once or twice a month our family would get a big bundle of fish n' chips wrapped in paper for dinner. I do miss those days.

Mahar / July 22, 2008 6:00 AM

Oh no. I'm the type to eat dessert, then have dinner, then have dessert again.

It's a delicious...I mean, vicious cycle.

Morten / July 22, 2008 8:29 AM

The fish looks very good to me, but I'm in favour of pretty much anything that's fried, which reminds me: it's been a while since our last Fried Night (tm). Used to have those once a month.

Yvo: You don't happen to have a recipe to the perfect fried fish batter, do you?

sormuijai / July 22, 2008 10:50 AM

OMG. That fish looks so crunchy! I wish there was a cross section to show how meaty and moist the fish was! MmMmm fried fish...

roboppy / July 23, 2008 8:58 AM

Jenni: I wish I had an Australian childhood of fish and chips to reflect upon! ;) I definitely haven't eaten much fish and chips in my day. The most fried fish I ate was in the form of...filet o fish from McDonald's.

Mahar: We would make very good eating buddies. Someday..someday...

Morten: FRIED NIGHT?! I WANT FRIED NIGHT! Please move to NYC. Bwahaha.

Sormuijai: It was too dark for me to take one this time, but I have a pic from my dinner at the other Chip Shop:



Jeffrey / July 23, 2008 10:25 PM

Nut ice creams are sometimes the hardest flavors to get right, but the flavors don't always translate when the nuts are ground up and cold. Especially with something like pistachio, which lives in a parallel flavor universe because we all grew up with this weird green creation known as "pistachio ice creaam." I like your food writing. I have a blog, too, at I'd love to know what you think.

misoponia / July 24, 2008 6:47 AM

Every time I hit up Arlecchino for pistachio gelato, I think of you. ^_^

(I took Poonam and Danial last week! We discovered, though, that the pistachio by itself is too intense [for mere mortals].)

janet / July 24, 2008 10:16 PM

Mrarrarar. The one recent foray I made into NYC for food was Alta and they had this olive oil gelato with black mint and sea salt and SOMETHING ELSE I CAN'T REMEMBER... I was all excited to tell you. Where is my brain?!!??!

roboppy / July 25, 2008 1:42 AM

Jeffrey: Italy seems to have a knack for making the most delicious frozen nut-flavored delights. What magic do they have? WHAT MAGIIICCC.

Lee Anne: YAAY! I feel speshul.. :] And man, Poonam and Danial need to increase their pistachio tolerance! It's fuuun!

Melissa / July 25, 2008 7:41 PM

I love your reviews! Keep up the good work. :) I have food review site myself and hope one day to be as good as you are! One can dream...

Kate / July 29, 2008 6:10 PM

I love fried fish! I especially love eating fried fish before or after eating some form of high sugar food. They mix extremely well. I don't know couldn't be the high fat content at all...:)

miss ghesquiere / August 2, 2008 11:16 AM

i love fish and chips! (thats why im fat). also, for the best gelato just go to Rome. Try the marron glace, ciocolato and all the fruit flavors at Ciampini (NOT Vitti) in the piazza at the end of via frattina. If you're ever in Rome, its the one with the Bottega store. You'll thank me.

Tony / August 9, 2008 9:03 PM

I was uninspired by the fish and chips at chip shop. The fact that they serve it with tartar sauce should tip you off. A Salt & Battery is better but not amazing either. Nothing in NY that I've tried is that good. (note: I grew up in England)

roboppy / August 10, 2008 6:26 PM

Tony: Is tartar sauce an American thing? Or just a fish and chips no-no? I haven't been to A Salt and Battery but I guess there isn't much point in

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