4.00 Stars – Overall Experience
4.00 Stars – Price
4.75 Stars – Service
4.00 Stars – Food
3.75 Stars – Atmosphere
Battered & Fried Halibut
Fried Onion Rings
Small on space but big on flavour and service, John’s Fish “N” Chips restaurant is the perfect, cozy spot in Etobicoke to enjoy an English classic.
A small, quaint spot right off a main street in Etobicoke, John’s Fish “N” Chips offers limited seating for dining in, but we still had plenty of space for the party of eight I was with (probably the biggest seating option there). The restaurant is cozy with plenty of nautical nik naks adorning the wall. Perfect for a casual date, quick family meal or, even better, use the popular take-out option to enjoy your delicious meal in the comfort of your own home.
One of the aspects of this establishment that would have me coming back (despite me being a vegetarian) is the incredible service. The owner of the restaurant actually waited on us and I can not say enough good things about her. She was kind, friendly, enthusiastic, warm and made sure that we were well taken care of the entire evening. You are made to feel part of the family as soon as you walk in. Turns out my father-in-law knew her father (who use to run the restaurant), and as a special surprise treat from the kitchen, they brought out Onion Rings which weren’t on the menu that evening! Such a nice, personal touch, particularly for my mother-in-law who was raving about them.
It was Good Friday so they offered a limited selection (understandably so with the many patrons and probably limited staff), but of course the all-important Fish “N” Chips was still on the menu. As I don’t eat fish (pescatarians eat fish; vegetarians don’t each meat, chicken or fish), my husband had to be the reviewer of the main part of the dish, which was battered and fried halibut. He said that the ratio of batter to fish was perfect and the fish was flaky, moist, super tasty and not overcooked. I had Chips (aka fries) and a Greek Salad. The salad I have to say was extremely flavourful and the feta cheese they used was delicious. I believe the dressing is also made in house and the salad was not overdressed which I appreciated. Usually at fish and chips establishments, the fries have a softer texture and are a bit greasy. These ones delivered just that and hit the spot.
My mother-in-law was a bit disappointed that the onion rings weren’t offered on the menu that evening as she had been raving about how good they were all day. Sure enough, the owner came out with a specially made box just for us…and I am extremely happy she did as they were amazing! Again, a great ratio of batter to onion ring and perfectly crispy. Could have had an entire order to myself.
Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to take any photos of the dessert as they were gobbled up before I could reach for my phone. I was lucky enough to have a bite of the house-made baklava cake, which was to die for. The owners husband (head chef I believe) made it fresh that morning and left us all hungry for more. If it is on the menu, I strongly recommend ordering this, even if you are stuffed to the gills.
This restaurant serves up a particular type of food so at the end of the day, the options are limited for a vegetarian. What I did eat, however, was delicious and I definitely left full. Apparently they also have house made tzatziki that is supposed to be quite good. I will have to try that next time I visit John’s Fish “N” Chips.
I didn’t end up paying (thank you in-laws!) but based on the menu prices, quality and the portions, I thought that the prices were very reasonable.
Time of Dinner: 7:30pm
Date: Fri April 14th, 2017
For more information, please check out their website at http://www.johnsfishnchips.com