I was probably 7 or 8 when I first tried Fish & Chips. It was during a brief phase that my parents had shortly after immigrating to Canada where they were literally obsessed about beaches. It was probably because we didn’t really have beaches in Shanghai (which was a bit strange now that I think about it, seeing tha the city is located right next to the ocean, but it might be because the waters are probably super polluted and full of pollution/toxins). Anyways, we were on a beach in Surrey and were feeling hungry. My parents asked some locals where we could get some food, and they pointed us to Moby Dick, which, as I’ve now learned, is considered to be THE place for fish & chips in Metro Vancouver. Even though I don’t particularly like seafood, I really quite liked the fried fish because how can you go wrong with battering and deep frying anything? So did my parents apparently, which is quite impressive considering how picky they are, and every time we happened to be near the area, we’d go to the place for fish and chips.
While Moby Dick is fortuantely still open and apparently still producing great fish & chips, unfortuantely it was difficult for me to reach the restaurant as I don’t have a car (we used to have a family friend who’d drive us around, but they’ve since left the country). There are however still quite a good number of restaurants offering the fish in Vancouver. One of them is Tony’s Fish & Oyster Cafe, which is located on Granville Island. I went to that restaurant for lunch today, and ordered their 1 piece Salmon & Chips, for which I substituted the fries for Yam Fries for an additional $2. I also got an extra piece of Halibut.
1 piece Salmon & Chips ($11.99 + $2 for Yam Fries):
This was the first time that I’ve had fried salmon, and I have to say, I was a bit let down. While I really liked the batter, which was crispy, light and well-seasoned, I found the fish itself to be quite bland and flavourless. More importantly though, it had a bit of a funky, fishy smell that was somewhat off-putting.
I’m absolutely in love with yam fries and will take them over regular French fries every time. Fortunately, they did not disappoint: the fries were crispy and mildly sweet, and just absolutely delicious when dipped into the creamy chipotle mayo that they were served with. Definitely worth the $2 extra cost.
This was much better than the salmon. The fish was juicy, better-seasoned, flavourful, and most importantly, did not have any fishy smell whatsoever. I did find the piece to be a bit smaller in size than the salmon however, and thought that the price at $12 a tad steep. I’d recommend that you just order the 2 piece Halibut & Chips, which is a much better deal for just $23.
Although I was a bit disappointed by the salmon, the halibut was delicious. The service was chill and quite friendly. The price is not exactly cheap, but still reasonable. Overall, while I don’t think that this is the best fish & chips in Vancouver, it is still decent, and I’d recommend checking it out if you happen to be near the area.