This restaurant opened up about fifteen years ago and first started out serving actual and real English style fish and chips whose batter was thick, very raised and delicious. They now serve a very average tasting, and a very thin, crispy type batter which is probably water based. We make fish and chips at home, so we do know the difference. We also have both had "real" British style fish and chips in England itself. At this restaurant, my husband and I have had the cod, haddock and halibut many times but really wish that the original recipe had not changed. As well, the chips used to be freshly cut right on the spot by the owner and now they are brought in. We guess that they are frozen as the taste is not the same. The tiny coleslaw container that is served is very chintzy and should be bigger. Also, sometimes the coleslaw is creamy, sometimes it is vinegar based and sometimes, it simply has no dressing on it at all (could someone have forgotten) so one must add vinegar to at least have some taste. For a bill of over $35.00, this meal should also include a bun or roll.
We have also had what they refer to as "oven roasted" turkey. Unfortunately, the turkey that is served has never seen the inside of their oven and is probably purchased at Costco. It is a turkey breast which is kept warm under heated lights. If you love your Mom's roasted turkey dinner, do not order this or you will be terribly disappointed. It is completely tasteless and I believe from a frozen state.
I am actually shocked at one reader's description of what was referred to as "phenomenal" pies (dessert). Each to his own, but I must admit that we had a good laugh over this comment as we found them to be the worst pies that we have ever tasted (we both bake, too). All contain canned pie filling (no great labor there) so I do not really call this homemade. I have tried all of the different pies that are offered so I feel that my comment is justified. The problem is that the pastry is just awful. It is simply not cooked and each and every time, we both say the same thing...soggy, uncooked pastry. So, in effect, that comment is a mystery to us. Maybe we are not talking about the same establishment?
Another thing that could put some readers off is the condition of the plastic place mats. The fact that they are plastic does not bother me one bit but they are grungy and sticky. Perhaps, someone should inform the owners that it is time for a change and, as well, across the street at Cornwall Square, one can buy plastic place mats for only $1.00 - so buy some new place mats!
Lastly, on several occasions, we have detected a strong odor of javex. Surprisingly, we cannot figure out where it is coming from - definitely not the floors as I do not think that they are ever washed. But in all honesty, who wants to smell javex when eating a meal? I am also now left wondering if one of the previous comments in reference to the hairs in their fish takeout order is warranted.
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