For all the fish 'n chip joints I've tried, there has always been one that I've been to countless times before, yet never had a chance to blog about. Now, if told you it was C-Lovers, it might be a bit surprising. Why? Well, it is a chain and there are multiple locations in the Lower Mainland. So what has taken me so long? Honestly, I'm not sure. It's not like I didn't have the chance in the past 3 years. Maybe it is one of those "oh it's always going to be there" type places. I have to admit, C-Lovers was our go-to place for the longest time during and shortly after University. We'd meet up with at the North Van location and mingle with the seniors for the AYCE special. I think once Chill had too much and he disappeared into the washroom for 30 minutes... But I'm sure you don't want any more details about that!
Well, once again, I took advantage of their AYCE Cod 'n Chips special, albeit at the Surrey Newton location. The one thing one would immediately notice with the AYCE version of the fish 'n chips is that the pieces of fish are smaller. They almost resemble big fish sticks rather than the regular long filets of cod. However, our fish was still moist and flaky with a light batter, much like it has been every time I've had C-Lovers. The fries were fresh cut, potatoey and crisp. I have always thought the tartar sauce at C-Lovers to be rather mild, yet it does the job. Since the pieces of fish were small, I was able to have a bit more. I probably shouldn't have though... But that is the temptation of AYCE. On the topic of temptation or just plain power of suggestion, I noticed that the table next to us enjoying a bowl of their Seafood Chowder. So what would I do? Of course, get an order for myself! I can see buffet aficionados rolling their eyes already... Ordering more food at an extra cost when I have already paid for an AYCE? Blasphemous!
Well, the Seafood Chowder was a bit different than the typical creamy version. It was more of a broth which was fishy (in a good way). Personally, I like the cream-based chowder more, but this was okay too. All-in-all, the meal was pretty much as expected which was consistent with other meals at C-Lovers. For the price, it a more than acceptable fish 'n chip joint.
- Pretty consistent from location-to-location (I've been to most of them)
- AYCE is a good value
- Although a good value, the AYCE yields smaller pieces of fish