Mr. Chips

Mr. Chips

British

0.5 miles
33 Oxford Road, Reading, RG1 7QG
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Forget your usual cup of coffee - what you need after shopping in the heart of Reading is a wide straw and the fruity magic of bubble tea. Enter Mr. Chips, which is conveniently situated outside Broad Street Mall.

Owners Amy, Patrick and Jessica Yau have 25 years of culinary expertise between them, and have combined their knowledge to create this classic fish and chips shop with a difference: one that offers patrons satisfying food and innovative bubble teas.

I had never previously heard of bubble tea, but I'm glad I have discovered it. Originating in Taiwan nearly 50 years ago, where an enterprising businessperson flavoured a cold milky drink with fruit, the beverage has since developed into a much-loved thirst-quencher.

Bubble tea has many names, including pearl tea drink or boba nai cha (which literally translates as 'large milk tea'). Pearl tea sums it up best: small tapioca balls, chosen from a milky or fruity selection, are dropped into a chilled, sweet drink. You swizz them up the straw and they burst with flavour in your mouth for an absolutely delicious taste sensation. I had kumquat and lemon with mango pearls - just one of the almost endless flavour combinations available.

For the food, Patrick sources local fish and prepares the generous portions himself in-store, before coating the seafood in a delicate layer of thin batter so that it tastes light and fresh. My scampi were tender on the inside and just crispy enough on the outside. Patrick also only uses a small number of trusted suppliers to source his potatoes, which are used to make some of the best chips I've ever tasted, with a golden-brown exterior and a lovely fluffy centre. As well as a long list of traditional fishy favourites, the menu also has scallops, squid and veggie burgers. Mr. Chips can also provide gluten-free batter and Halal food on request.

Thanks to its interesting and unique food and drink offering, Mr. Chips has become a fun favourite for the residents of Reading
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Open: Mon-Sat 11am-9.30pm; Sun 11.30am-8pm
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