Located in the now closed ABC Country Restaurant on Scott Road, we find yet another fish 'n chip joint. It's not far from Ocean Ave and Brit's Landing while being only a 10 minute drive to Mr. Pickwick's and Lighthouse Fresh & Tasty. So there is competition nearby. Hence, you would hope they offer up something that is either better or different. Let's just say that it is safe to assume that they are trying to be different. Why? Keep reading and looking at the pictures, you'll see what I mean. So as I entered the place, the first thing that came to mind was "sports bar", not necessarily a fish 'n chip place. I was greeted by a friendly chap who let me chose my table.
Looking over the menu, I was a bit confused. Fish 'n Chips. Check. Donairs. Huh? Okay, maybe I'll give that a shot one day; but I was here for the fish 'n chips. Ultimately, I went for the Halibut & Chips and it actually took awhile to arrive. When it did, the piece of fish was quite large; yet disturbingly shaped. Furthermore, what's going on with the fries? They're the same colour as the fish! Apparently, the fries were coated with the same batter as the fish. Alright, they advertise themselves to be "traditional" fish 'n chips. Unless I'm mistakened, I believe that the chips should not be coated with anything. Strangely enough, I actually enjoyed the crispy fries despite their appearance. Blasphemy for sure; however, if it works, it works. As for the fish, that was another story. The fish was really stiff and overcooked. It was way past moist. I give them kudos since it was a large piece; yet it doesn't help that it was cut way too thick. That probably directly impacted it being overcooked. The tartar sauce was not bad. Typical mayo with pickle bits. Not much in the way of mustard, if at all. It tasted a bit generic, so I'm not sure if they made their own or not.
I gotta admit, this was a really odd fish 'n chip experience. I'm not sure what to think really. It wasn't bad per se; yet surely wasn't great either. I can see that they are not truly a fish 'n chip joint. With superior fish 'n chips practically across the street at Ocean Ave, I personally wouldn't choose Saturday's. However, it looks like their target market is not really those looking for fish 'n chips alone. It is very much a sports bar that happens to serve fish 'n chips and donairs...
- Decent portions
- Friendly staff
- Comfortable digs
- "Traditional" fish 'n chips? Really?
- Overcooked and strangely cut fish
- Battered fries, pretty good; but weird