Plympton’s Kingfisher Fish & Chip shop owners Craig Maw and Nikki Mutton have returned to Japan for the second year in a row, this time to set up a pop-up shop at leading department store Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi in Tokyo.
It comes a year after their hugely successful debut in Japan at the annual British Fair at Hankyu department store. Invited in their role as UK’s No 1 Fish & Chip Shop 2017, the pair drew hoards of excited shoppers and even broke the fair record by serving an astonishing 1,400 portions in just one day.
However, it's touch and go whether the duo will be ready to start serving on Wednesday 12th September after being informed that their custom-made batter, made from a top secret recipe, which had already been flown out to a warehouse in Japan has been destroyed by the recent typhoon.
Middleton Foods, which produces the batter, has dropped everything and put on a rush job in a bid to have another batch flown over in time.
As well as Kingfisher’s custom-made batter, its preferred MSC certified fish has also been imported specially for the fair, which takes place between 10th-18th September and 30th October -6th November.
Speaking ahead of their trip, Craig comments: “Before we went to Japan last year, we were told there’s a real appetite out there for traditional British food, particularly anything deemed to be “No 1” or the “best”. But that really didn’t prepare us for the sheer number of people clambering to try our fish and chips. 9,000 portions in ten days is about double what we’d normally serve in our shop! So, this year, our frying muscles are flexed and ready for anything. We'll be using the same fish and ingredients we use in our shop to recreate that Kingfisher taste - let's just hope our custom-made batter makes it out there in time!
“We’re so proud to have been invited to Japan again, this time by Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi department store, and share our passion for delicious, sustainable fish and chips from our little Devon shop. We’ve heard great things about the fair and can’t wait to see what’s in store for us.”
Other prestigious British brands exhibiting at the fair, which is expected to attract almost 90,000 visitors, include Fortnum and Mason, Prestat, Charbonnel et Walker and Cartwright & Butler, to name a few.