Scotland’s love of fish and chips has long been regarded as an unhealthy and un-nutritious choice – with experts branding its deep fried batter and chips a high calorie no go area.
But now Scots can rest easy when they tuck into a fish supper from Scotland’s newest chippy, as it not only offers a radical range of fish more commonly seen in high class restaurants, but a host of optional extras to make it guilt-free.
So instead of conventional haddock and chips, The Tower offers sea bass and roast potatoes served with crumbed cauliflower.
And each supper comes with its own description of the health benefits it provides.
The Tower – located in the heart of Penicuik in Midlothian – prides itself on offering a high quality menu that provides a little something different to the traditional supper.
Domenico Pia, manager and owner of The Tower, said the concept behind the venture was to encourage people to be healthier whilst still enjoying popular take away food.
He added: “It’s about offering something different to suit everyone’s taste and I see it as a more upmarket selection of fish that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.
“We have customers who welcome this alternative to the traditional menu and each time they return they try something new.
“Our menu is varied for a reason and we really encourage customers to think about what they would like to eat and look to change from their automatic choice of haddock.
“Initially a lot of people are tentative about trying something new but nine times out of 10 they are happy that they have experimented with a taste they wouldn’t normally contemplate.”
Customers can choose from a choice of fish ranging from sea bass to salmon, and mackerel to tilapia – all guaranteed to put the kick back into the traditional fish supper.
Their selection can then be battered or bread crumbed, or even oven cooked to cancel out the frying process – but even that is done in vegetable oil.
Not only do customers have an eclectic selection of fish to choose from, but thick cut chips can be swapped for roast potatoes, ketchup for tartar sauce and even malt vinegar for a wedge of lemon.
The audacious menu doesn’t stop there, as delectable diners can accompany their supper with crumbed or battered vegetables, as well as sample the home-made sauces and dips.
Every piece of fish is cooked to order and each is given a detailed description of their health benefits on the menu.
For example, customers can order the mackerel with the knowledge that it is an oily fish which is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and vitamin B12.
Or maybe the salmon which is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as vitamin B and D, selenium, protein, niacin, magnesium and phosphorous.
The Tower has become a firm favourite, not only with local people but with city dwellers alike, who travel for the welcoming interior, enhanced with hand written menus and homemade produce.
For more information on The Tower, 155 John Street, Penicuik, call 01968 672 731.