So, I'd read all the recommendations for RFBF on Chowhound, and being a native resident of Victoria, I felt I HAD to try it. My expectations were pretty high because of all the favourable comments I'd read.
It exceeded my expectations.
We arrived at 11:15 (they opened at 11), and were given a 2-for-1 Fish and Chips coupon from a tourist couple in front of us. We ordered (I wanted tempura pickles, but was told taht they weren't doing them today), then gave our name and were told to wait. Though we didn't both get fish and chips, the girl only charged 50% for my BF"s order instead. There were some table-like things on the dock, and there were also stackable, portable multi-purpose seats that we used for chairs and a table. We sat down and waited for our food. Though the place had only been open for 15 minutes, there were about twenty people down there already eating or waiting for their orders.
I had two "BBQ Scallop Tacones with golden shallot aioli and lemon pickled onions" ($12 for 2, with a side of slaw). The tacones were amazing. I've never thought of grilling scallops, but they were perfectly medium-rare and had the most amazing flame-grilled flavour. They were wrapped in a flour tortilla (in a cone shape) with slaw mix. The slaw on the side was a little creamy, and clearly had sesame oil in it. It was mediocre. I would like to see something crunchy (sesame seeds instead of oil, or almonds, pumpkin or sunflower seeds) to add interest to the slaw.
I also had curry fries ($3.5). I'm glad I got the curry fries, because the fries themselves were so crunchy and, well, perfect, that if the curry flavour hadn't somewhat ruined the fries, I think I would have fallen off the dock in a fit of joy. I love fries. These were amazing. I did not like the curry flavour as a fry topping.
My BF got the 2 halibut and chips ($16.5). The pieces of fish were bigger than pieces we get elsewhere in Vic, and the tempura-style batter was light and crispy. The tartar was delicious, with lots of dill and lemon. He did not like the slaw, either.
Whiel were eating our food, we heard the "order" girl say that they had run out of halibut. It was 11:35. Overall, I can't wait to go back. I've been trying settle on a fish and chips place in Victoria, and I think I've found it. A second visit will show me for sure. But I think I'll go when it's a bit warmer.