Chippy launches 24 karat gold fish dinner that costs £80
A fish and chip shop in Scotland has launched a luxury 24 karat gold-coated takeaway that costs £80.
The meal at Enzo's takeaway in Crookston, Glasgow, includes fish, chips, tartar sauce, lemon, and mushy peas, all covered in the edible bling.
It also comes with the option of pickled onion, sausage or scampi instead of fish.
Takeaway owner Sooraj Alanal, 43, said: "I was wanting to do something luxury and that's why we came up with it.
"We came up with the idea as there are gold leaf steaks."
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The meal was launched on 15 June with the help of social media.
Plans are afoot to introduce black pudding and haggis coated in edible gold leaf, amid hopes the price can be lowered when the menu is expanded.
Sooraj added: "We are going to do bulk production soon.
"I'm sourcing the gold leaf from the manufacturers.
"It comes in foil, you take it out of the foil and put it on the fish or sausage.
"It's £80 at the moment because the gold is expensive."
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It comes as chippies are battling rising energy bills along with increased costs of cooking oil, potatoes and fish due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Sanctions imposed on Russia at the end of March meant price rises across the global seafood industry.
Russia is one of the largest producers of seafood in the world and was the fifth-largest producer of wild-caught fish, according to a 2020 report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.
On 8 June, the president of the National Federation of Fish Friers, Andrew Crook, asked Scandinavia to help keep prices “as under control as possible” amid surging costs.
He attended the Frozen At Sea gathering in Alesund, Norway, to make his plea.
The cost per kilo of Icelandic cod has jumped from £7.80 in October to £16, while potato costs have risen by 30%.
Crook, who runs the Skippers of Euxton restaurant in Chorley, Lancashire, wants the Treasury to cut VAT levels to help his industry.
He said: “Not every business can be saved but action is needed now to ensure we get through this in the best shape possible.
“A third of our fish and chip shops could shut.”