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Go Fish – Spring Visit

27 Mar

1505 1st Avenue West
Vancouver, BC
V6J 1E8

T: 604 730 5040
No website

Brief Description: A small, but extremely popular fish shack located next to Fisherman’s Wharf, near Granville Island. The fresh and delectable seafood is worth the wait in the usually long line-up.

Summer is almost here! Sure, it is 3 months away but I am unrealistically optimistic when it comes to summer! Summer is, without a doubt, my favourite season and it brings with it leisurely days of camping, picnics, and cruising the seawall on our bikes whilst soaking in the sun. A fuel stop at Go Fish is usually on the cards but as those days are still awhile away, B and I are happy to bear the chill in the air to feast on Vancouver’s best fish and chips. Whilst at home the other day, the sun popped its welcomed face out and we saw that as a sign to get our butts down to Fisherman’s Wharf so that we scoff down some yumminess. Visiting during the off-season certainly has its perks. There was no line-up at all – unheard of when summer is in full-swing.

B ordered the Scallop Sandwich which was delectable with its smoky, juicy scallops and caramelized onions. I’m puzzled as to why I hadn’t tried this earlier but then I realized that it was because the menu was full of too much other good stuff.

I ordered the Tuna Wrap which tasted fresh and vibrant. It was full of organic greens, roasted red peppers, avocado and a balsamic vinaigrette. The only thing it wasn’t full of was tuna. I was really disappointed by the small amount of tuna that was given. I kept hunting through the wrap looking for more but to no avail. My search only managed to unearth a few measly little pieces of tuna which I really don’t think was worth the $11 price tag.

Final Thoughts: With the sandwich, the wrap and some fries to share, it cost us over $25 which really doesn’t make it a cheap lunch. I don’t have a problem paying that price for fresh seafood but I would have liked to have seen more tuna in the wrap. Then I think the price would have been justified. That said, Go Fish still gets the thumbs up in my book. Now I just need summer to get here so I can make it a regular stop.

Go Fish – September Visits

11 Sep

1505 West 1st Avenue,
Vancouver, BC
V6J 1E8

T: 604 730 5040
No website

The kids are back at school, the leaves are starting to fall and there is a definite crispness in the air…all signs that fall is fast approaching. Thankfully, there are still a few more sunny days left in September and I, for one, have been trying to make the most of it.

Knowing that all too soon it will be too cold to sit outside and enjoy fish and chips in the sun, I made it my mission this week to visit Go Fish for a last hoorah to summer. My visit on Tuesday was so impressive that yesterday, I made my second trip for the week. On my first visit this week, I completely devoured their seared albacore tuna wrap with avocado, roasted red peppers and balsamic greens ($11). Unfortunately, they don’t mention anywhere on their menu that they add wasabi mayo to this and that slightly ruined it for me. Wasabi = ugh! But that aside, the wrap was incredible. Sorry for the lack of photographic evidence on this one, but trust me – just order it. You won’t be disappointed. 

After a very wet Wednesday, the sun decided to pop its head out again and so I went back on Thursday for some more fishy delights. This time I decided to go with the traditional beer battered halibut and chips ($10).

Beer-battered halibut and chips from Go Fish

The fish was perfectly cooked and was placed on top of a mound of pommes frites (fancy word for chips). The tartare was delicious, as was the crunchy coleslaw.

Mmmmmm, Go Fish, even with your surly staff, you still offer the best fish and chips in town!

Go Fish Ocean Emporium on Urbanspoon

Go Fish

29 Jul

1505 1st Avenue West
Vancouver, BC
V6J 1E8

T: 604 730 5040
No website

Brief Description: A small, but extremely popular, fish shack located next to Fisherman’s Wharf, near Granville Island. The fresh and delectable seafood is worth the wait in the long line-up.

Hours for Go Fish

Summer is the perfect time for fish and chips in the sun and, in my opinion, no-where else in Vancouver makes fish and chips better than Go Fish. The cat is well and truly out of the bag on this place and he is probably slinking around the feet of the Go Fish fanatics, begging for some scraps.

Go Fish is so popular because it pairs million dollar views with affordable, innovative seafood options such as salmon tacones, Qualicum Bay scallop sandwiches and albacore tuna sandwiches with ponzu sauce and wasabi mayo. And, on top of all this, they also do perfectly cooked fresh fish and chips. And this isn’t your run-of-the-mill oily, flavourless fish and chips. This is your choice of one of three varieties of good quality, fresh fish surrounded by a fried golden batter and accompanied by some pretty tasty chips. There are also daily specials which are dependent on what the local fishermen haul in.

Limited seating is available on, and around, the small sun-soaked patio but if you don’t manage to nab yourself a prime seat, the alternative is to take your basket of ocean spoils and grab a spot somewhere along the seawall to enjoy it. Otherwise, get it to-go and take it wherever you like! Service can be surly and with the constant throb of people it can be more enjoyable to eat it elsewhere.

Go Fish

The serving sizes are pretty generous. The one piece fish and chips is enough for a meal and, for the over-ambitious, you could try the two piece and chips (or this is perfect for sharing). Prices are extremely reasonable – I believe that most items are under $15. The sandwiches are under $10, so they are extremely well-priced for a weekday lunch.

Yum! Tuna Sandwich

I have been wanting to review Go Fish for quite some time but I am glad that I waited until now to do so as I have recently discovered a new favourite dish. Previously, I would always order the fish and chips…delicious. But now, I have been devouring the albacore tuna sandwiches and it is absurd how good these are! Just imagine a large piece of grilled albacore tuna in between a soft Portuguese bun, with a dollop of wasabi mayo (or for me, tartare sauce) and a drizzling of ponzu sauce. Oh my! My mouth is watering!

Final Thoughts: If you don’t mind waiting in line for the best fish and chips in Vancouver, then head on down to Fisherman’s Wharf for Go Fish. It is well worth the hassle once you get a bite of that juicy tuna or batter-covered salmon. I recommend avoiding peak times, or be prepared to wait. Oh, and keep in mind that they aren’t open on Monday’s.

Go Fish Ocean Emporium on Urbanspoon

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