After reading Steven Davey's glowing 5-N review, I had to check it out. Got the recommended Jerk Cod with sweet potato fries, coleslaw, and some sort of fruity dipping sauce.
First, the food.
The fish itself was probably the best part, although the batter's deep brown colour was a bit strange. Apparently they don't use conventional flours? Either way, I went with it. The cod was moist and flaky with subtle spicing, which I consider good, since it didn't overwhelm the flavour of the fish. The batter was a bit chewier than what I'm used to, but it also wasn't offensive. Near impossible to eat with a fork and knife, however, so I gave up and ate out of hand. The sides were pretty rough -- a mound of overcooked, twig-like sweet potato fries and limp, flavourless coleslaw that had small bits of tropical fruit thrown in for the sake of novelty. If it weren't for the interesting take on fish, I might not have returned.
Next, the service. Haha.
I went in around an hour before closing, so there were few people inside. The only people working the front were a fry cook and a server/cashier. The server was hilarious, mainly because I can't remember the last time I've encountered someone who was so transparent in her callousness while on the job. It was all there: sarcasm, resentful body language, and of course, complete inattentiveness. I actually thought the place was cafeteria-style when I walked in, since she was in no hurry to check on the guests, or seat me, or do much of anything to make me feel welcome. Real casual. It's like we were sworn enemies and I never knew it until now. Judging by my description, you'd think we'd be speaking of someone in their 50s or 60s -- nope. I doubt she was a week past 20.
In the end, I got everything I wanted, and was in no real hurry, but I couldn't help but marvel at how brash and confrontational she would be with every poor soul that walked in after me. Thankfully, I had a sense of humour about it, but if she's been at all consistent in her behaviour, I bet there's a ton of people who won't be coming back.
The bill came out to $9.50 or so (with a can of pop), which would have been great had the sides not been worthless. I'll check these guys out again, just to see how some other items fare. And also, to watch that scornful server in action. Jesus.