If I hadn't recently discovered two excellent fish & chip restaurants, Geales and Kerbisher & Malt, I might have been here proclaiming Golden Union a legitimate contender for best chippie in London. The fish was a tad greasy but came encased in a nice, crisp, airy, batter quite similar in style (if not quality) to Kerbisher & Malt's, and certainly the equal of any of the fish & chips I have tried in London outside of "The Big Two". Chips were poor, but were made up for by some of the best Homemade Mushy Peas around - easily better than both Geales and K & M (for both of whom this is a weakness) and only slightly behind the rendition at fish!, which I doubt will ever be bettered. I complained (only a little bit!) that K & M makes you buy tartare sauce separately for 50p - well Golden Union does the same, except it charges a frankly scandalous £1.55. For tartare sauce?! I did order it anyway, of course - can't have fish & chips without tartare sauce, and at least it was good, unlike the disappointing version at K & M; but still, quite ridiculous.
In a nutshell...
Golden Union is a very decent fish & chip shop. It doesn't quite stack up to the Geales and Kerbisher & Malts of this world, but easily holds its own amongst the "second tier" - I would put it just behind fish! and Seafresh, and ahead of the likes of Masters Superfish, Golden Hind, Rock & Sole Place, and Seashell of Lisson Grove. Could prove to be a useful place for a pit-stop given its convenient location just off Oxford Street.
38 Poland Street, Soho, London, W1F 7LY
Average Price: £10-£15