Firstly, I will blog a little about fish n chips in general...
I am hit with my fish n chip craving about once or twice per year. It is not health food (usually devoid of green vegetables and deep fried). It is not well valued food. If the product is too inexpensive - the quality is usually bad. Reasonably good quality commands high prices.
Anyways, onto my review of this Pajo's location:
Arrived at Garry Point on a Sunday afternoon. Looked like lots of people had the same idea. We knew what to expect, so we brought the following:
Plastic picnic table cloth cover so that I would not have my children eating on a surface sullied with birdy-doo.
Duct tape to secure plastic picnic table cloth so that it does not fly away in the wind (Garry Point gets windy and is actually a good place to fly/watch kites).
Plastic or disposable plates because eating out of a paper cone cumbersome (especially for my pre-school age children)
My husband set up the picnic table with the kids and I went to stand in line for about 15 minutes to place our order. Once my order was placed, it was another 15 minutes for them to make my order.
I had lots of time to study the menu while standing in line. I am familiar with Pajos and knew to order one large fish n chips and fries (comes with 2 1/2 pieces of fish and enough fries to choke a horse). I ordered two "just fish" which gave me a total of three extra pieces of fish for about 50 cents less than a second order of fish and chips and fries (more fish for a bit less money and I knew that there were plenty of fries with the one order to go around). I also ordered a cheeseburger without fries. The menu board only lists the burgers as platters (with fries). I asked and the server sold me a cheeseburger without the fries for 60 cents less than the platter. Again, I knew that the large fish and chips had PLENTY of fries to go around. I also order 4 medium root beer.
When I picked up, I checked the order. Everything was okay. I had to request my tartar sauce. I helped myself to ketchup and malt vinegar at the condiment station. My order is placed in a wooden rack which I am instructed to unload at my picnic table and return straight away.
I brought the order to my picnic table, plated the food and brought back the wooden rack and walked back to the table. unfortunately, by this time, my fish and chips were considerably cooled. Notwithstanding this, the fish and chips were good quality and the burger was quite tasty (although the patty was a bit small)
My total bill (with tax) came to about $42.00.
This is pricey for self serve. Hence the one star for "value"
As for service (which I also rated as "one star" - the servers were well mannered and polite. I rated the service as poor due to management oversites: the a al carte burgers were not included in the price list (some people wouldn't know to ask). The tartar sauce is not offered automatically (even if the staff were instructed to ask if the customer wanted tartar sauce as to not encourage waste). I did not like having to bring back my wooden tray while my meal cooled in the windy conditions of Garry Point. Perhaps Pajos can consider a better method of packing the orders without having to make customers walk back and forth (the picnic tables can be the equivalent of a city block or two away).
Also, I know that those paper cones are cute and all - but they really are awkward to eat from.
When visiting Sunset Beach in Vancouver, I go to Stephos (a uber-value place Greek place on Davie Street) and get my order to go. For approximately 10 bucks I can get a huge roast lamb dinner (including vegetables) packed to go along with napkins and utensils. You can see my review at Dinehere.ca
I think I will do the same concept when visiting Garry Point. I will do a search at Dinehere.ca and find a reasonably priced restaurant en-route that does take out. I'll continue to Garry Point, park, unload the kids and be enjoying our picnic instead of standing in line for 30 minutes for fish n chips that will be cold by the time I get to them.