3079 Main Street
Are you ready for another round of deep fried goodness? Oh, and I shouldn’t forget the pints of beer to go with it. Ah, life’s simple pleasures…
Despite the name that would suggest otherwise, the Windjammer Inn in Vancouver is no place to rest your weary head and bunk down in a strange bed for the night. Its a straight up pub, of the British persuasion (well a Canadian representation of which at least), located right down there on Main Street. So yes, this is another in the “Tasting with Tee” series.
Immediately seduced by the sandwich board outside that trumpeted a special on their 2pc. fish and chips, along with a wheat ale of sorts, our minds were easily made up. That was until the cheery server passed by our table with a plate of something that smelled very good and so we had to ask, “what’s that?”. A batch of slightly fiery, battered shrimp she replied, and our volley of “we’ll have that too”, was easily obliged.
A hint of some spice made these a touch “hot”, and they had a very crispy coating making a whole plate of them a meal in themselves. Perhaps we were very hungry and got deceived by the whiff of aroma coming of the plate we’d seen earlier, but I would rate these just okay. Probably wouldn’t order them again knowing what they were like in hindsight.
After getting through a good portion of our first round of chilled beer, delicious by the way, the main part of our order arrived. First thoughts were that they were lighter in color than the earlier shrimp, a good initial sign. Checking the underside of each piece on my plate, I was also pleased there was not a puddle of grease nor were they soggy on the hidden side. The fish itself was fresh, tender and flavorful, and for portion size, they were quite good as well. I enjoyed the level of exterior batter on them, not cake-y as is seen at too many f&c joints.
The accompanying chips were excellent too, soft texture and not too oily either. In fact I ate most of those before I polished off the halibut. I also noted that they weren’t overly salted as well, a nice touch by the kitchen as I’m finding more and more restaurants being very heavy handed with the sodium shakers of late. Nice to give the customer the choice to season them as they desire.
The slaw, not great but I’ve yet to find a really solid slaw on a f&c plate. Maybe I’m not looking in the right place, but having it is necessary, to help cut the oily feeling in your mouth eating this kind of food.
Scanning the smallish room, I noticed an interesting mix of customers. Some fellows out for some pints were clearly inebriated and spilling beer all over their table and making crude conversation as only young men can do, and then there was a young woman dining alone. Some other men came in to order take away, which seemingly is a part of their business, though my experiences with taking fried food to go always ends up being disappointing. So much gets lost with harmful steam building up in those tightly packed containers they are put in.
Don’t come in expecting great ambiance. Its clear this place is for locals. But if you want a tasty plate of fish and chips, Windjammer surely passes the test. I’ll be back… right Tee?