Alright, after 2 tries with no success, you'd think I would give up trying to eat at Mr. Pickwick's right? You don't know me very well do you? Even after suffering through some pretty bad fried chicken at Chicken World, I returned to the shopping plaza at 96th and 128th for some Fish n Chips. Alas! Mr. Pickwick's was indeed open today! With such anticipation and expectations, this was probably doomed for failure. However, the other 2 locations in Vancouver are generally rated quite highly and reviews have been positive. I parked my car (facing Chicken World...) and made my way into the restaurant. Adorned with nautical art and artifacts, the restaurant tries to look like a typical fish n chip joint; but I didn't come for the decor. As an added bonus, the very fish n chips I wanted to try was offered as a lunch special for $6.95.
Pretty good price for a 2 piece fish n chip meal. Since the type of fish was not in the title or description, I could only guess what it was. I decided to add some Clam Chowder and Popcorn Shrimp to try out. I got the clam chowder first and boy was it watery for a chowder! They should have called it Cream of Clam. Actually, it wasn't even creamy enough to be called cream. In addition, there wasn't much in the way of ingredients as well. Taste wise, it lacked the richness often associated with a New England type chowder. I did not detect much bacon or clam flavour. This was a disappointing way to start my meal. The only good thing about the chowder was the dried parsley flakes, only because they added colour to the picture. The popcorn shrimp was alright. It was your typical breaded shrimp served with cocktail sauce. Not horrible; but nothing special. I did think that the cocktail sauce needed more horseradish. Now for the main event, the fish n chips. The one I have been attempting to try for the last 3 weeks to no avail. It surely looked impressive when it arrived with 2 large pieces atop fresh cut chips.
Unfortunately, there was more batter than fish. The batter was so thick, I had to discard more than half of it. I just couldn't eat it! It was more doughy than crispy. Honestly, it was truly disappointing. The fish n chips at Ocean Ave and the Dock House are infinitely better than the one I had here. Even the chips were not very crispy. I found the odd crunchy one; but most were just soft. I did like the tartar sauce though. I feel a bit bad for being so harsh on the food since the service was very good. The couple who run the place are ever-so-friendly and kind; however, the food wasn't very good. The bottom line is that I didn't like the fish and chips despite the nice people who run it.
- It's inexpensive, especially the lunch special
- Very nice couple that run the place
- They close randomly from time-to-time
- The batter was thicker than paper mache
- Clam Chowder was thin and bland