Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Sunny seawall eats: Go Fish!
This easter weekend was GORGEOUS! Sunny, warm, bright- perfect for sitting outside to soak up some Vitamin D to catch up with friends and eat.
I've heard nothing but rave reviews about Go Fish! and this "Ocean Emporium" has been on my want to try list for a long time. I've also heard a lot about the long long line ups that are unavoidable if you visit the fish shack on a sunny weekend day. This was a leisurely Saturday and no one in the group was in a rush that day. Sure enough when we arrived at Fisherman's Wharf just west of Granville Island, there was an epic looking line winding around the corner. With sun and warm weather and great people to chat with, the 30 min wait in line went by quite quickly. We found seats and then eagerly waited about 15-20 minutes for our orders to be called out from the kitchen. The food is made to order- so you know you'll be eating fresh. Also, it's worth mentioning the Go Fish! has partnered with Oceanwise and they serve only local line-caught seafood.
Location, Location, Location. Go Fish! has a beautiful view of the fishing boats, across the water to yaletown, and granville island just to the east. You definitely feel like you are going to be eating fresh product when you are this close to fishing boats.
The Super Asian Director treated me to lunch and I ordered a 2 pc Cod Fish and Chips ($12) served with Pacific Rim coleslaw, classic pomme frites and condiments so I could try "the classic dish", try the coleslaw, and so could all split the fries. Go Fish's fish and chips are served in a Chinese bamboo steamer. The portion size looked pretty big and everything smelled and looked delicious. MMMM. Crispy and golden brown. They absolutely nailed the batter; light, thin, crispy and wonderfully flavoured with Granville Island beer. The cod inside was fresh, light, flakey, and juicy. Normally, I would heavily sauce fish and chips but the lovely flavours of this fish were absolutely wonderful and ate this fish pretty much naked. Without sauce that is.The chips were also wonderfully crispy, well seasoned and salted but I definitely sauced these bad boys up with spicy ketchup, mustard, and hot sauce. I'm not a huge tartar sauce fan, but I did use a bit of this sauce and thought it had a nice fresh herbacious zip to it. I really liked their coleslaw, no creamy mayo dressing here. It definitely feels Asian-inspired with a zing of rice wine vinegar and aromatics of sesame oil. I don't know how they do it, but this basket full of fried goodness doesn't feel overly greasy or leave you with the greasy mouth feel. I didn't feel too weighed down with this meal and felt pretty good on my bike ride home.
Other items our group ordered were:
Tacones ($5 for one Tacone, $9 for two Tacones) "Our take on fish tacos. Grilled salmon, cilantro-spiked salsa, chipotle crema and our slaw, rolled into a white-flour tortilla cone." Rave reviews all around. The fish is well seasoned with spices and herbs, then gets a smoky flavour from the grill before rolling in a flour tortilla with the same coleslaw, fresh salsa, cilantro, and chipotle crema. On this particular day, they were offering a salmon and tuna version. Thumbs up for both.
Oyster "Po Boy"($9.5), "3 still juicy BBQ local Oysters, shredded iceberg lettuce, chipotle crema, sweet onion and Gordo's tartar sauce." This is the Super Asian director's favourite menu item at Go Fish! There were three fairly large oysters on a slightly toasted brioche type bun with caramelized onions, lettuce, pea shoots and sauces. Everyone in our group enjoyed their meals. Good food. Great experience. BUT- a few words of wisdom. Don't come to Go Fish! if you are in a rush. Don't come to Go Fish! if you are famished. I'm curious if its this busy on weekdays....