This is the 2nd location of Cockney Kings Fish & Chips which has been a Burnaby landmark since 1965. Serving all you can eat fish and chips on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
They say, "you get what you paid for", so anyone expecting a superb meal should not bother. The fish is alright. I can't really taste the difference but I've gone back to Cockney Kings a few times with a couple of friends. I've had mixed service. Usually the servers are friendly and attentive to your needs. They will come and tell you that the kitchen is about to shut down so you can make your last orders.
My worst experience there was the last time I was there (maybe a month ago). I went with a party of 5 as usual, and we made our orders. It was 7pm when we got our food. Since the boys were hungry, they chowed down the fish and chips within ten minutes. Our server never came to check up on us until 7:30 even though we had tried to get her attention. We asked for more fish and she said that the kitchen had shut down already. When we told her that nobody told us that the kitchen was shutting down, she gave attitude and told us that we should know they shut the fryer down at 7:30. Another server came to our table and told us they would give us another order and apologized for our original server. We weren't rude about wanting more fish, but we were a little annoyed at her responses. Overall, it's a decent place to get your fix for F&C. Service is kind of 50/50, but it's not terrible to the point where I wouldn't want to go again.
I went to the new location. We both ordered halibut, We both got cod. We told the waitress and she was friendly , as it is not her fault. But I wonder what kind of cook do they hire that serves cod as halibut. I will not return.
My family and I have been dinning at this restaurant for over 15 years. Every time we come we get the same smiling faces and hot sizzling food, what more do you need. When the place is not busy you can set your self, other wise they ask you to wait. The wait is never long anyhow. Even if it was I'd still wait. The place does not look like a 5* restaurant, they have remolded their location, but its still a homey restaurant. Very calming, And they never seam to care how long you stay, just as long as you come back.
We have has this restaurant's 'All You Can Eat' many times in the past and it has always been excellent.
But we were there a couple of weeks ago for our favourite meal and it was such a disappointment.
The batter, usually crisp and tasty, was soggy and flat, and fell off the fish before you could eat it. The fish, usually fresh and delicious, was tasteless as if previously frozen. Perhaps because the fish used has been changed from basa to pollock(so their sign at the door said).
We definitely will never go back to this restaurant for their 'All You Can Eat' special.
So I usually go to this place at least a couple times a month. Probably one of the best deals around for ayce (all you can eat). For $10 you get as much fish and chips as you want. I would also like to note that you do not HAVE to get mroe chips with your fish. You can always just order more fish. STRAIGHT GOODS! Food quality is decent, the fish isn't too greasy but definetly not the healthiest thing to eat. Definitly would recommend this!!!
I had the 2 piece Halibut and my wife had the 2 piece Salmon (Wild) and well as the Calamari to share. We were totally amazed as we broke of a piece of the fish to eat and actually watched the oil gush out as we pressed the batter. Both fish samples were the same. The Calamari had a different oil base not easily gotten rid of as it managed to coat the roof of our mouths much like a paraffin wax would.
We tried to save the $42. dollar dinner by removing all the batter and just eating the fish sans batter.
Oh the only lemon I saw in this dining experience was 1 slice which accompanied the Calamari which I can only assume was to cut the wax it left.
A total waste of money the experience was and left us both vowing that if we ever felt like a fish dinner we buy fresh and cook at home as the above experience made us feel cheated and basically unwell with the oil content clearly visible.
I go to this restaurant almost all the time and I have to say that this place served the WORST today. I went there (I was alone), sat down on chair and ready to take my order. However, there were two young female servers who were about high school girls, igonored my table and keep chatting with other employees. I was keep sitting on chair and looking at them but they just ignored me. One of them was serving customer who came 10 minutes after I came in and the other one was just talking with other employees and served other customers who came 20 minutes after I came in and sat down on chair. This is NOT fair because I came in first and ready to take order but those young female servers didnot even make an eye contact to me and kept helping other customers. I have to say that their service was very horrible. In fact, I used to go this restaurant many times, when I had very great female server who served better but this was the first time today where I got igonored by different young female servers. I'm not saying bad about them, but what im trying to say is that please be respect other person espeically to the customers whose waiting to take order WITHOUT ingore them.
I have growen up in London...There for have eaten loads of fish and chip. Nothing compares to this great find!!!Great thin batter and clean fat may I ad. You should see some of the places in London they don't compare!!!I have been going to both locations for more than 15 years now and NEVER have had bad food. As for the service have you ever watched the staff they are very quick and friendly the Best service I have had and I go to alot of hi-end restaurants...I give this place 10-10 well done Cockney Kings Bloody Good Job Mates...
I have been going regularly to the Cockney King for years and had been bragging about how good it was. Finally went to the New Westminster location this week with a group of five and we all ordered the All You Can Eat (AYCE) fish and chips.
Unfortunately, I gotta agree with Newestguy and Vanichow; the AYCE F & C appears to be NOT Cod, but something else now. Is it Basa fish? Who knows, but the texture and taste sure doesn't appear to be Cod. Cod has a firmer flesh and tends to flake off in shingle-like fashion. The Basa (or whatever it is) is mushier in texture and finer in grain, more similar to Tilapia.
I've been there many times before and even noticed the sign has changed. It used to read "all you can eat COD and chips", now it's "all you can eat fish and chips". I asked someone there if they had switched from Cod to Basa and he said flatly, "no, we've been using Cod ever since we started".
It's not necessarily bad fish mind you, maybe just not what I'm used to from this establishment and thus a little disappointing. Maybe they've spoiled me a bit. Most people probably wouldn't even notice and for $9.50 with a bottomless pop, it's still a very good deal.
I'm happy to say, however, the main menu still has cod and halibut and that is up to its usual good quality. I will return for those items, but less so for the AYCE special fish and chips.
In summary, the NW location is a great place for F & C if you stick with the regular menu Halibut & Chips or Cod & Chips. Still good for the AYCE special F & C, if you're not too particular about Basa or Cod.
Some have mentioned that the Hastings Street location still uses cod for the AYCE special, so I plan to visit them shortly to confirm this.
I will report back!
You gotta love a fish and chips place that has unlimited fish and chips on certain days. This is not the place to go if you are not hungry, but after a long hike or day of playing sports, this is a great place to quench your hunger pangs. Good quality fish and chips and I like the cockney sayings on the placemats. The service is always good.
Went there for lunch and the value was great. Big pieces of fish and mountains of fries for very cheap. Waiter was nice and did what he needed to do. When the fish came out it was almost to hot to eat. I could not get enough of the homemade tarter sauce (waiter had to refill my bottle). Only complaint would be the place just needs a good cleaning to attract different clientele (place is filled with regulars).
i wrote a previous review saying how awesome this place is. now i would definately NEVER go back. i found out that they switched their AYCE fish and chip fish from pollick to bass. the change over apparently happened over a month ago. fish and chip is normally really tender and have a smooth texture to it. now this "bass" is very mushy and taste undercooked.
we also had another bad experience that day, we got a server who was new that day. we asked if we could sub onion rings instead of the fries for the AYCE. she went to double check and she came back with a "yes" later on the manager comes to our table and told us, your server made a mistake but since she agreed we'll give you onion rings on the house. it wasnt a big deal for us, we would have paid the extra charge, seriously we didnt mind at all. then when our meal came out, it came out with fries. so we thought ok, i guess we dont get the onion rings. we pointed this out to the server and asked us again, "you want onion rings?" at the end we did get our onion rings and when our bill came, they charged us for it! we had to get someone else to fix the bill. it was a terrible second experience and would never go back there again.
although the cook told us it was only for this location that they changed their fish....
I've eaten at Cockney Kings a few times since moving to New West and they continually turn out first rate Fish and Chips. I normally order Halibut but the Cod and the Prawns have been spot on too. The Oyster sandwich was a little bun heavy but the Oysters were nicely cooked. The coleslaw is bland and the cabbage too coarse but that's my only complaint.
Ambience...strip mall chic. 'nuff said
Oh, the Onion Rings are to die for. Don't miss them.
My wife & I had the coupon cod dinner. The food was very fresh and tasty, the portions were more than enough.The server was on the ball and did a good job. Best fish & chips in New Westminster. The place was busy. There are not too many good, reasonable places to eat in New West, but this one is.
We will return.
I'm orginally from the UK and this is by far the best comparison to Jack's, which is one of the best chippies in the UK. My father joined us for dinner on a visit here from home and just had to keep having more. This is it ... the place for "home" cooking even down to the newpaper wrapping for the "take-home". Thank you so much.
I decided to finally try the place as everytime I drive by it, it is always packed. Just before I went though, I read the reviews on here and almost changed my mind. However, I decided that it must be packed for a reason and took the plunge.
Boy am I glad I did! This is the BEST fish n chips I've ever had anywhere hands down. The large peice of halibut fish was simply perfection, perfectly cooked, not greasy in the least. The chips were cooked to the same standards. The tarter sause is also very good. It may not be a classy restaurant, but if you're looking for amazing fish n chips at a great price, this is the place! I told the waitress as I was leaving that I read some bad reviews. She said she has seen them as well. I asked if there was a different cook (that might explain the contrasting opinions), but she said nope, same cook same everything.
Try the fish n chips here - you won't regret it!
We decided to try Cockney Kings in New Westminister last week and have mixed reviews. The restaurant was busy with people when we first entered, we were not sure if we were in the line for getting a table or picking up take-out. The cooks were trying to figure out this as well and seemed very disorganized. There is no wait to be seated/take-out sign.
The food portions appear to be getting smaller and the batter is getting greasier. The bun was at least 2 day's old and the coleslaw was served in such a small container I had to be careful eating the coleslaw as the fork would barely fit in the container. The fish was average and my sister swallowed a bone from her cod.... That should never happen.
My conclusion is that Cockney Kings is cutting corners and the quality of food is gowing down as a result. Too bad.
Came here with my family around 6:30PM, Sunday October 20th, 2013. We've been here many times before but tonight we received very poor service.The bubblehead waitress forgot my soup, forgot to bring a plate for my young daughter, and "forgot" the rolls and butter, which, according to the menu, are part of every platter meal.
Abysmal, amateurish "service".
Too many "forgets" = zero tip and no more business from us.
My husband and I go here for halibut and chips about once a month. I have never had a bad experience. In fact, I am very surprised at some of the reviews. I agree that the atmosphere is not fabulous, but my expectations are being met given the price/location/genre. I would consider us "foodies" and admit that we have spent a lot of time indulging our taste buds in Vancouver's fine dining establishments but when we want quick, satisfying comfort food that tastes like the fish and chips we used to buy on the dock in Victoria, it is Cockney Kings all the way. In fact, we were in Orlando last month and ate at Raglan Road - a pub style restaurant owned by a world class Irish celebrity chef. The fish at Cockney Kings is better than what my husband got there. We will not be giving up our CK fish and chips habit any time soon!
Went for lunch here today. Had the all you can eat special with pop. Quite busy but server was on the ball and was prompt. Fish also came out pretty quickly and hot. Chips were good. Fish was okay, some pieces better cooked than others but otherwise not bad. The restaurant feels like a diner. The carpet wasn't that clean. I guess too busy... Nevertheless a decent lunch that I'd probably partake again in the future.
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