Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic fish truck

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Where: Chip truck by Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.
When: Wednesday, July 10, 2013.
What: Two piece fish and chips, $8.50, taxes incl.

Today I was really good and brought my lunch from home. I even had a big salad that I was really looking forward to eat, but then when I got to work I realized I forgot the home made vinaigrette at home. Salad without salad dressing is just boring. I don't like vegetables that much, you know?

Since I'm working a new job down town I decided to check out a fish and chips truck near my work. This truck has been around for many years and is always parked outside the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, at least during warm weather.

It was cold and overcast today and there was no line-up when I arrived at the truck at a little bit past 1pm. I checked out the menu on the front of the truck, and decided on a two piece fish and chips, since I was very hungry.

A man opened the order window to take my order. He was very friendly and even  made a joke with me. I didn't have to wait very long for my order; maybe five minutes. The truck is fairly small, but there is a counter on the side, to the left of the ordering window, where you can pick up your food. Also on this counter are some condiments: ketchup, white and malt vinegar, and salt. While I was waiting the lady working there asked me if I wanted tartar sauce and if I needed my order to go or not. She also offered me packets up ketchup but I opted to just squirt some on my fries once she handed me my order.


I decided to eat back at my office since it wasn't very nice outside. I took a photo as soon as I sat down and that is what you see above. The fish looked very nice and there were a lot of fries! I didn't find the batter very crispy, but that may have been because I carried it back to my office in a styrofoam container. But I could tell that it light and not doughy like you sometimes fine. The fish inside was very fresh, with a nice flakiness to it and not over cooked.

I liked that you get a big pile of hand cut fries too. Again, I think the fries would have been better if I had eaten them there at the site, rather than bring them back to my desk. Styrofoam has a way of steaming the food inside, making it slightly mushy. I did eat both pieces of fish and almost all of the fries though. I don't particularly care for the Kraft tartar sauce, so I don't know why I even took some. I guess I forgot what it tastes like. Plenty of people like the Kraft tartar sauce though, and I wasn't expecting the home made kind anyway.

I would visit this truck again, perhaps on a sunny day to get the fish a second time or maybe try the poutine.

I give this fish truck 2.5 little fishies out of 5.

Monday, 1 July 2013

You Father's Moustache

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Where: Your Father's Moustache, 5686 Spring Garden Rd Halifax, NS.
When: Thursday, May 3, 2012.
What: Two piece fish and chips, $14.50+tax.

This is an old review from last year that I forgot to post.

I generally do like Your Father's Moustache, but I did not like these fish and chips. They have these fries that are coated with some kind of crispy stuff and I don't like them. I would prefer hand cut fries or just regular McCain's type frozen fries over those crispy ones.

I found the batter very greasy and the fish was mushy.The pieces of fish were quite large at least but there is not much to say about it really. I was disappointed.


You get packets of tartar sauce and white vinegar, pus some coleslaw on the side.

I give Your Father's Moustache 2 little fishies out of 5.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Canadian Living: Best Fish and Chips in Canada

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You may have read a recent Canadian Living article about the best fish and chips in Canada, or heard about it on the news. I saw the story on the local CBC evening news and then everyone started telling me about it. I waited for the article to appear on the Canadian Living website before sharing it here.

Where to find the best fish and chips in Canada

There are only eight places across Canada listed in the article. It would have been nice if they had a found a fish and chips restaurant for every province and territory, though maybe that is a stretch. I think everyone has their favourite place anyway, right?

I'm not sure I agree that John's Lunch is the best in Canada, or even the province. Certainly they are a popular spot, but also known for their fried clams (I haven't tried them). Personally my favourite place in HRM is Willman's in the North End. I know there are more places I need to try, but I just can't get out much without a car (we all know public transit here isn't the greatest). 

What did you think of the article? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Thursday, 28 February 2013

I haven't posted in a while

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I kind of forgot about this blog for a while. My apologies! Thankfully Wendy has posted a few reviews for you. I haven't even had fish and chips much over the last couple of years, or I've been eating fish and chips but not taking good notes. I thought it might be useful for you to have the photos anyway, so I am going to post some pics.

I hope to get back into reviewing soon, and maybe post some other non-review content as well. Cheers!

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Long John Silver's

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Where: Long John Silver's, Lee's Summit, MO
When: August 1st, 2012
What: super sampler, 8-piece panko shrimp platter & crab cakes, $20.65 for everything including tax

I know that this isn't an official fish & chip shop but they sell fried fish and fries.

I was rather impressed by the quality of their food for a fast food chain. And look! No after food tummy ache!

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I got a Super Sampler ($7.99), an 8-piece panko shrimp platter ($7.99) and 2 crab cakes ($1.58). The Super Sampler includes a piece of chicken, a piece of fish, 3 butterfly shrimps, popcorn shrimps, hush puppies, coleslaw and fries. The 8-piece panko shrimp platter includes 8 pieces of panko breaded shrimp, a piece of fish, hush puppies, coleslaw and fries.

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8-piece panko shrimp platter
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Super Sampler Platter
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Crab cakes
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The assortment of fried shrimps were rather good. I preferred the panko breaded shrimps the most. I was most impressed with their crab cakes. My previous experiences with crab cakes have been mediocre. These were probably the most tasty crab cakes. I've found other crab cakes to be under seasoned. For a fast food chain, I was rather impressed to find real pieces of crab meat in them.

The fish wasn't as crunchy as the other items in the platters. I think it has to do with the fact that I got it all to go and they got less crunchy in transit. The fish was labelled as "whitefish". It was bland, tasteless fast food chain fish. Probably frozen.

As you can see, the fries are pretty run of the mill fast food chain fries. I had 1 and decided that they were best left alone.

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I didn't think their tartar sauce was very good but better than ones I've had before. The mayo is not as sweet. The PC Condiments tartar sauce has a Miracle Whip sort of taste. This stuff tasted more like Hellman's. There's a little bitterness to the tartar sauce.

Long John Silver's was surprisingly good for a fast food chain and if I couldn't locate a fish & chips shop, I'd definitely get my fish fix here rather than the fish offered at other fast food chains. It might be one up from a Filet-O-Fish but it's still miles away from a mom and pop fish & chips shop.

I give Long John Silver's a 2 out of 5 wee fishies.