This new restaurant has been mentioned a couple of times in the fish and chips thread but a couple of friends and I went to Brit and Chips last night and tried a variety of dishes, so I thought I would give a full review.
We ordered –
Salmon – in a Guinness batter. This was the star in my opinion – the batter also had what seemed like fresh herbs in it and was delicious. I have never had salmon as fish and chips before but it worked really well! The fish was not overcooked (however it was cooked through) The fish was well fried, well drained – there was some grease on the plate but it didn’t sit heavy on the stomach at all.
Hake – in an orange crush batter. Nicely sweet, again the fish was nice, fresh, moist.
The chips served with the fish were excellent (not at all the usual style of Quebecois chips, these were pale, but still crispy on the outside, fluffy in the middle. Quite small pieces though, maybe handcut and chopped?). English malt vinegar was on each table, tomato sauce and mayo was up at the counter. The fish and chips were served as two square-ish piece of fish, chips, tartare sauce (delicious, though a little mustard-y?) and lemon
Sausage roll – yum!! Quite different from the sausage roll at Tourtiere Australienne, the meat filling is more fatty and meaty (no carrot like the TA one) and the pastry is probably not at good but this is much more reminiscent of an ordinary bakery sausage roll. Served with “hot” English mustard
Mushy peas – a medium sized cup for $1, I thought this was good value.
Green salad – small, pretty standard serve of lettuce really, but a nice dressing.
Cod balls – very fluffy, light deep fried balls of cod and mashed potato. Delicious and oh so light! Served with a curry mayo, which my friend liked but I thought could have used about 2x the amount of curry!
Beer – just the Burgandy Lion ale on tap. They also had cans of Guinness, Two Oceans red and white wine, and some UK softdrinks (Irn Bru, a can of shandy)
And for dessert, their “deep fried whatever” which last night was a deep fried Snickers. Good, however the nougat doesn’t work so well in a deep fryer, so I would prefer a squishier chocolate bar!
All together this was $55 before tip.
It is a relatively narrow space, with an open “kitchen” on one side (basically a big row of deep fryers!) and bar stools along the wall. Towards the back there are maybe six tables of two, one table of four. It was super busy last night which made it quite crowded and noisy but it was a fun atmosphere. Service, by a single waitress it seemed, was very good despite the crowd.
I have been on the search for great fish and chips and I think this might be it! It was definitely much better than the fish and chips I have had previously at the Burgandy Lion and whilst I would love it if they had barramundi or snapper on the menu, I thought the fish selection and batters were well chosen. I will be back!
433 Rue McGill
Open 11am -11pm
Monday - Saturday
(the website is up and running now)