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Best Halibut Fish and Chips


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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Go Fish is defintely the best Halibut and Chips we have had in Vancouver. We finally made it there today. It seems every time we think of having H&C it is either a Monday or a Tuesday and they are closed.

We actually stopped by twice recently when we were at the market and both times there was a long line and we aren't much for lineups. Took a chance today and phoned ahead to see if they take telephone orders and thankfully they do. Ordered two orders both with double Halibut. Our timing was perfect. We were there within 15 minutes and they were just making up our plates when we arrived. The servings are very generous. Perfect, light batter that doesn't interfer with the wonderful flavour of the halibut. I even liked their coleslaw, something I usually skip and their tartar sauce, although not something I want on fish makes a wonderful chip dip. So again thank you for all your recommendations and especially for pointing us in the direction of Go Fish.

Ann

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I was at Go Fish yesterday...line up was retarded. I just wanted to let you all know they had salmon tacos on the specials board! My wife tried one and I sampled it....it was awesome.  :wub:

Nicely presented too on grilled tortillas with a lick of chili oil: $5 for a single, $8 shotgunned.

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I ate lunch at Go Fish yesterday too. While we waited for our food I hung out in the shade by the side window with the two dogs and watched the kitchen staff do their thing. It is fascinating to watch a busy kitchen at work. I had an a very good tuna sandwich with some kind of spicy wasabi mayo or something like that. I ate it too fast to figure out exactly what was in it. The halibut that we got with the chips was a nice big piece, very fresh. The dogs liked it too.

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Hey,

I agree that Go Fish has got top marks for some of the cities best fish and chips but while you are formulating your list you just might want to check out COAST Restaurant on Hamilton... according to Casey Wilson - food critic, they not only have the best chowder but by her recommendation the cities best fish and chips as well - complete with all the pomp and circumstance with English newspaper liner and the whole nine yards!! Try it as I was there last Friday night and experienced for myself - AWESOME!!

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Yes, I've been to the Winjjammer...it was probably about 2 months ago.

The pieces of fish are quite generous. I felt that the fish was a bit under-salted, or under-seasoned... I enjoyed the fish and chips at Go Fish more. But if you're interested in seeing how much grease you can eat, go to Winjammer and order the Mega Platter for 2. I have a friend who's convinced he can finish that monstrosity....

Here's a pic:

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Trust me, the oysters to the left are the size of hockey pucks, so you can imagine how enormous this platter is, not to mention the moutain of fries hidden under all that fish.

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Has anyone tried the Windjammer on Main Street?  I've heard good things about it, but have not tried it myself.  It is on my list (it's a really long list!!).  :blink:

Just tried it last week....lunch special, $5.00, one piece of cod with chips and all the tartare sauce you want. Very generous piece of fish, and I agree with Lorna, it's underseasoned which I don't mind as I can add salt to taste. I saw the cook in the back using whole potatoes to make the fries whether they are frozen later I don't know. The ones I got were very dry. The size of the fish, however, imo, is worth the $5.

Ann T, love your first photo, beautiful.

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fish cafe or go fish

I've eaten in both-just returned from superb Halibut F&C @ Go Fish! in fact.

There is no comparison-Go Fish is several cuts above that other place on 41st in Kerrisdale .

Here I will declare that I have had issues with the Fish Cafe management in the past. :rolleyes:

(PM for details if you dare)

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Lunch yesterday at Go Fish.

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Go Fish was excellent, had the halibut (1) and chips and the hot & sour fish soup late last Friday. Fish was superb, batter not what I would describe as tempura but not thick, was fully cooked through (ie, not gooey on the inside), not greasy. Fish was cooked perfectly inside, chunks flaked just right. Chips were pretty good, the raw product I'm sure was good, cooking and provisioning of consistent product could be improved upon a bit, but I'm no expert, and I was there for the fish. The chips were generous enough in amount, more so than appears in the pic above it seems. The "tartar" sauce was awesome, I detest the traditional tartar sauce that frequents usual fish and chip places, this was nothing like it, more like an aioli I would guess. The coleslaw is quite wonderful, I'd had it before with the tacones. I was happy that they had malt vinegar in a squirt bottle as a condiment, I added that to the coleslaw as it was slightly too sesame oily for my taste, but that's just me and was easily converted into a delicious side to my liking. I wonder if one could order the fish without the fries? Or substitute something for the fries?

The hot & sour fish soup was very delicious! Loved it!

ps........ closing time now 18:30 hours (6:30 p.m.) I think I heard (Wed-Sun)

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Hi all,

This is what I'm looking for in Fish and Chips when I am trying to find something "authentic"

1. Not a dine in facility. Perhaps a few places to sit and eat if you like, but otherwise your heading to the nearest bench to chow-down. I don't want to dressup, go pickup my girlfriend, and go out for Fish and Chips.

2. I want fresh, fresh, fresh.

3. Batter, light, but not too light, and flavour, that is why it is there, right?

4. Ahh the Fries, they got to be HOT, crispy, no huge mushy potato chunks please.

5. I want the whole bitty wrapped in newspaper.

6. Tartar sauce. Please no kraft.

7. And finally, last but so very crucial, and nice fresh cut of lemon, to squeeze those bitter flavors all over my hot hot F&C.

Any recommendations?

Authenticity is all that matters.

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-Get ye to Go Fish!  Everything is fresh, and the batter is a lighter tempura style.  The fries are often good, but are somewhat inconsistent.  I also like Pajo's (Port Moody - although they have one in Steveston) and Dave's (Steveston, but not the one on the pier.  The older, dumpier one :biggrin: ).  Cockney King's in North Burnaby is also worth a visit.

A.

The only thing missing from Go Fish is the newspaper. If they had that it would be THE best spot in town :)

"There are two things every chef needs in the kitchen: fish sauce and duck fat" - Tony Minichiello

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The only thing missing from Go Fish is the newspaper.  If they had that it would be THE best spot in town :)

All orders to go are wrapped in newspaper. Authentic away! :wink:

Joie Alvaro Kent

"I like rice. Rice is great if you're hungry and want 2,000 of something." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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The only thing missing from Go Fish is the newspaper.  If they had that it would be THE best spot in town :)

All orders to go are wrapped in newspaper. Authentic away! :wink:

I would not know about "to go", my stuff barely makes it to the parking lot as I stuff my face, asking Joan , "Are you going to eat that ?"

Sooooo good.

Neil Wyles

Hamilton Street Grill

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All orders to go are wrapped in newspaper.  Authentic away!  :wink:

:blink: I'm going this weekend then for some 'to go'. :)

"There are two things every chef needs in the kitchen: fish sauce and duck fat" - Tony Minichiello

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All orders to go are wrapped in newspaper.  Authentic away!  :wink:

And not just any newspaper! Our take-away last Saturday came wrapped in the Escort Service section from the West-Ender. My wife was so intrigued by the pictures that she finished all of her chips.

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And not just any newspaper! Our take-away last Saturday came wrapped in the Escort Service section from the West-Ender. My wife was so intrigued by the pictures that she finished all of her chips.

Suffice it to say, then, that your order was piping hot... :raz:

Joie Alvaro Kent

"I like rice. Rice is great if you're hungry and want 2,000 of something." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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i know this is an old thread, but worth a bump since FAC season is fast approaching!

here are my reviews (all halibut):

Mr. P's - light, flavorless batter. thin, runny tater sauce. so-so fries. great service but i will not be returning.

King's Fare - this is the place for fresh and delish traditional FAC. nice pieces of thick cut fresh halibut, fish is still firm and yields big flakes after it's bath in the deep fryer. batter is thick and crispy, the chips are cut on premise and are fried to perfection. the tater sauce is tradional and delish!

Go Fish - the beer batter is wonderful, fish is lightly battered and usually fried to perfection. the chips are hit and miss though. the tater sauce is unquie and i think that it has some what of an asian flare, as does their cole slaw. they also have a great menu with a ton of specials that are offered on a daily basis.

Pajo's (steveson) - prob the best place in the area but nothing that keeps me coming back.

Overall, in my opinion the only places worth the caloric intake (that i have listed) are King's Fare and Go Fish!!

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The Wigan Pier in Squamish has the best fish and chips in the Sea to Sky corridor.

I never go through the town without stopping there.

Keep on shucking

Oyster Guy

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