Cockney Kings Fish & Chips
1005 Columbia St
New Westminster, BC
The relative newness of the building that contrasted against the old school script of the signage was what grabbed my attention the first time I laid eyes on Cockney Kings, during a visit to the burger joint across the street. While the distinct scent of deep frying goodies permeated the air, we stuck with our mission of getting some ‘burgs, and I had to save a visit here for a later day. I thought it would be fitting to squeeze this one in now, following last night’s uploading of a fish & chip meal.
For those who are travelers to the north side of Burnaby, there is another outlet of Cockney Kings up there, which I assume is the older, original one. I’ve only driven by myself perhaps twice and seen it after my visit to this New West branch.
While the exterior is that typical architect-in-a-box design that many developers deploy these days, the inside looks like it was furnished with the remnants of someone’s grandmother’s bingo hall furniture. I’m sure the overwhelming stench and coating of oil over time makes the owners hesitant of even bothering to put in some decent tables and chairs. It doesn’t seem to detract from the appeal of this place as it was quite full of people on my mid-day visit.
After debating whether to get the cod or halibut, even debated the salmon, I opted for the basic two piece cod for nine bucks. While my order was in the queue, I waited on a nearby bench and within minutes realized I would be walking out of there smelling like I myself had stepped into a deep fryer. After wondering when it would be ready, I got told it would be soon and lo and behold, it got wrapped up in the day’s newspaper, taped up and given to me in a flimsy plastic bag to go.
My package survived a drive to when I opened it up to eat. A fair amount of grease had been transmitted to the surrounding paper, which in hindsight was probably a good thing, as all in all, the items all felt ‘dried out’. The chips in particular were crispy albeit not really seasoned much and bland tasting.
In closing, I wanted to show this snap shop of a bisected piece of fish. Not overly large in size, but very lean and flaky. Texture was very meaty and hearty. None of that translucent, mysteriously mushy and fatty kind that I’ve had at too many poor places. The exterior was a rich golden color and had my preferred level of crispness to it, all the while not being overly battered and cakey. I liked the product here, and will be back to see if I still like it on a second go-around.