Where: 433 Rue McGill (Old Montreal)
Kind of food: English/British – can’t you tell by the name? It’s fish and chips, people!
Usual Suspects: Business crowds during weekday lunch, anyone and everyone at night.
Why I love it: Deep-fried goodness, crispy French fries, and local brew served nice and cold.
Why you’ll love it: It’s hectic, fast-paced, and delicious. Makes you really feel like you could actually be somewhere in London. Oh yeah, and did I mention deep-fried? …Who doesn’t like smelling like a deep fryer?
Who to take: Head down with some friends and smash down whatever you can get your hands on.
I ordered: The cod fish n’ chips with a Burgundy Lion house pint
Waiter says to order: Any of the fish n’ chip platters – she loves ’em all.
You can smell the fish soaking in the deep fryer from halfway down the block. Walking up to the restaurant reminds you of how a door to a famous old pub in London would look, as if pale green was the only paint colour available back in the day. The large windows in front give you a looking glass into the kitchen, where you can see young men and women hard at work and dressed up in the finest British attire. Once you step through the doors, you’re in for quite a treat.
Because we arrived right in the middle of lunch hour, our group had to wait around 15-20 minutes to get a few countertop seats facing the kitchen. The place was busy. Waitresses in white shirts and black trousers were running about serving basket after basket of deep fried fish and chips (that’s “fries” for all you Americans out there) to the hungry crowd. I really couldn’t wait to get my hands on a portion of my own.
The basket is served with two pieces of fish, chips, tartar sauce and a lemon for good measure. Following tradition, everything is served atop a shred of newspaper, just like it’s been done for well over a hundred years. The Burgundy ale went down so smooth with the cod, and I somehow managed to devour the entire plate in about ten minutes flat.
Next time, I’m going to order the salmon (cooked in a Guinness batter) and probably their “Deep Fried Whatever” for dessert… I just couldn’t manage it the first time around. Definitely worth checking out – just try to avoid rush hours!