Published: 05:00, 27 May 2022
| Updated: 16:11, 27 May 2022
Customers heading into a chippie would usually expect to leave with bags full of battered fish, saveloys and pies.
But at Kings Fish Bar in Herne Bay punters are also being served up Asian favourites including sushi, gyoza and prawn tempura.
Just one month after married pair Yan Ping Cao and Da Meng Xing took over the restaurant, they opted to make it double up as a Japanese takeaway.
The couple say they decided to take the punt in March in a bid to boost trade.
“At this time it’s very hard for business and my husband was a sushi chef for eight years, so we just tried something,” Ms Cao explained.
“We’re the first restaurant in Herne Bay to do Japanese food, I think.
“The fish and chips is still the most popular because the sushi started two months ago – but it’s getting busier.”
The business’ Japanese menu includes an array of à la carte options, like harumaki spring rolls, gyoza, seaweed salad, pumpkin croquettes and octopus Takoyaki.
These dishes range in price from £3 to £7.80.
Meanwhile, 12 types of sushi – costing between £4.90 and £11.80 – are available.
Foodies can also get their hands on mochi ice cream for dessert and some Japanese soda.
All the while, the eatery continues to prepare the usual variety of chip shop favourites.
“Customers have really liked it – we’ve had good feedback,” Ms Cao added.
“They say it is very professional and delicious.
“We think the sushi maybe could be as popular as the fish and chips in the future.”
The owners took over the King’s Road business in February, after moving to the Bay from Colchester, where they ran another chippie.
Ms Cao says they decided to up sticks to the town because they were drawn to its seafront.
Local Megan Abbott is among the first to have reviewed the site's Japanese menu on Google.
"I had the sushi from King's Fish Bar tonight and it was absolutely delicious," she wrote a fortnight ago.
"It's 1,000 times better than the places in Canterbury. I'm so happy to finally have some decent Japanese food around here. The fish and chips are also perfect."