I received by email from the "Glowbal" group notifying me that this restaurant was opening downtown (not sure how I got on THAT list...) I haven't had Fish and Chips in so long! I was dying to go and try their gluten free option.
The restaurant is only a few blocks from my office so I gave it a try.
The place was busy - didn't have a reservation but didn't end up needing one. The decor is interesting - they've used pallets on the walls - not sure if I liked it or not. The place was loud - between the music playing and people trying to talk over the volume of the music playing, it was really noisy. There is also a bell that somebody kept ringing (startled me more than once!). It sort of gave the ambience of the fish market at Pikes in Seattle.
I was greeted and seated immediately. My server came over at once (he stood too close and shook my hand - ack! ; Several others came to see me also and I think the manager..... ) I realize that they are new and just trying to ensure guests have what they need, but perhaps they are focusing too hard on the wrong details???? I asked for water with lemon - got water no lemon.... I ordered the gluten free option of "Fish and Chips" - 2 pieces of halibut ($22.50!) but didn't get any chips - perhaps they weren't gluten free so weren't provided to me but I wasn't made aware if that was the case. I had to ask for them and wasn't told that they were not gluten free..... don't feel sick yet!
Before my meal arrived, I received a complimentary hors d'oeuvre (or canape) - a delightful looking bowl of chowder in a little bun bowl but I told them I couldn't eat it. They immediately took it away and replaced it with a shrimp dish. I didn't have the heart to tell them I didn't like shrimp.... I tried it anyway as it was only going to go to waste now. It tasted like a shrimp in ketchup, solidifying my overall feeling about shrimp.
The Halibut, however, was FANTASTIC. I don't want to complain about the portion size as I didn't walk away hungry but anybody with an appetite bigger than mine would be disappointed. I didn't care for the fries- they tasted like they were coated with something and there was a spice to them I didn't like much.
There was a selection of coleslaws - I had a horseradish one - pretty good.
Overall - noisy, a little crowded (as in the table set up), excellent fish. Will I go back? - I will definitely give it another try but $22.50 is too much for lunch so I'll opt for something else and I'll know the procedure when I go back. I'd recommend it if you really like fresh fish.