McDonald's Fish & Fries

Here’s What We Think Of The New McDonald’s Fish & Fries

In case you haven’t heard yet, McDonald’s has released a new menu item today: McDonald’s Fish & Fries, their take on a British classic. We got to try this new dish yesterday, and here are our thoughts:

McDonald’s Fish & Fries

McDonald's Fish & Fries

As the name suggests, the dish consists of breaded fish fried to golden perfection, and the signature McDonald’s fries that we all know and love. It also comes with a choice of three sauces: Sweet and Sour, Tartar, and Thousand Island. Of course, there is also the option to have the meal with rice instead of fries because this is the Philippines, after all.


The Fish & Fries costs PHP 139 for the à la carte serving. It’s not the one you’ll order when you’re on full-on grepa mode, but it’s definitely still affordable, especially for the portion you get. The fish is a fairly big serving, and the fries are about as much as the regular size order. All in all, the meal is very filling, so your money will be well-spent.

Taste and Texture

In terms of taste, McDonald’s Fish & Fries really took us by surprise. We were expecting something along the lines of Filet-O-Fish, which has been on McDo’s menu since forever. But this dish is a new creation entirely.

Because everyone is already well-acquainted with McDonald’s signature fries, we’ll focus on the fish. At first slice, you’ll hear the glorious crunch of the breading. And we all know that when it comes to fried food, that crunch is an indicator of impending good things.

The fish itself is fairly soft and wonderfully moist. It isn’t the melt-in-your-mouth texture that people normally look for in breaded fish, but for fast food, it isn’t bad at all. Besides, the fish is so flavorful, you really can’t complain. It’s so perfectly salted, you won’t even look for sauce until halfway through.

In terms of sauce, the three variants are pretty standard for any fried dish. It’s probably a matter of preference, but we think the dish goes best with the tartar sauce. The strong garlicky-pickled taste of the sauce adds a welcome burst of flavor the subtle saltiness of the fish.

If you’re taking out the McDonald’s Fish & Fries or having it delivered, we suggest doing as the Brits do by adding a sprinkle of malt vinegar. We can imagine how the delicate tartness of the vinegar will go well with the light, salty flavor of the fish.

Your go-to McDorder for Lent

The McDonald’s Fish & Fries was launched right in time for Lent. We all know giving up beef, pork, and chicken during this season is never easy (goodbye for a while bagnet, huhu). If that’s your Lenten sacrifice, this dish will surely ease those hunger pangs. That being said, we do hope McDonald’s puts this on their permanent menu. We wouldn’t mind having a taste of Britain all year round.

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