Saturday, April 25, 2009
Go Fish – Vancouver, BC
Seafood tastes better on or near a wharf. Whether it be fish and chips at Pike Place Market, or clam chowder out of a bread bowl at Pier 39, your brain associates the fresh caught fish on ice and lingering smell of diesel and wet raingear with “This is yummy because its so fresh”. You could be eating Atlantic cod and chips in San Francisco and it would still taste like something that flopped freshly out of the moored trawler.
Vancouver has needed that wharf-side fresh seafood experience for some time, and Go Fish down at the False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf next to Granville Island really fills that gap. If it’s a sunny day, something that strangely has become quite common in Vancouver, Go Fish is the perfect place to go. Laid out in a very un-Vancouver haphazard kind of way, the little trailer is right next to the wharf and is half in the parking lot. Little makeshift tables are strewn about the parking lot and there is a small patio attached to the trailer with a few tables. The lack of pretension and the view of false creek create a really charming atmosphere and idyllic spot to have lunch. This being said, if it rains, you probably want to take your fish and chips and run to somewhere covered and heated.
Go Fish was started by the Chef Gord Martin who is responsible for Bin 941 and 942, which explains the interesting items on the menu like seared tuna tacones that are a variation of taco and sushi cone. Go Fish is most famous for their fish and chips, so I ended up ordering cod and chips. The fish was excellent and the batter was light and crunchy. The chips were only mediocre. Nice idea with the homecut fries, but they were a bit soggy and flimsy and could have been cut thicker. (In case you haven’t noticed, I’m really fussy. Princess fussy even.) The little tub of coleslaw that came as an accompaniment was more of an Asian cabbage salad than coleslaw, which for me is ideal as I loathe coleslaw. Go Fish’s coleslaw is peanuty and delicious and hasn’t a trace of mayo. If you’re not going to have fish and chips, you should definitely try the Qualicum Beach scallop sandwich. The sliced scallops are topped with a chili glaze and served with caramelized onions in a burger bun. Put this in your mouth and experience a wonderful contrast of burger flavours and tender textured scallop.