Add Trolls to the ever growing list of iconic local spots that has obviously let quality and service slip away in the name of profits.
I was visiting Whytecliff Park with my girlfriend and suggested we go get some "good" fish and chips before heading back into town. When we parked she pointed at C Lovers and asked if that's where we were going. I laughed and scoffed at the idea of going to a "chain" for fish and chips when a landmark like Trolls was nearby.
Boy was I wrong!
Started by being seated directly adjacent to the opening to the kitchen where the staff all congregate and pick up orders. We were not so entertained by the adolescent staff throughout the entire meal goofing off, talking about partying and swearing like sailors. Probably heard about loud 100 fbombs. Very professional guys!
I ordered a two piece halibut. At $19 this is the high end of what you would normally pay at any fish/chip spot. So expectations were high.
10 minutes later I had the saddest excuse for a plate of food dropped in front of me. Two small and very dark pieces of fish (dirty oil? burnt? both??) on top of about 15 chips and a handful of greasy stubs. Garnished nicely with a tiny paper cup of prefab slaw and another cup of mayo - which I'm assuming was supposed to be tarter.
Despite being burnt, one fillet was obviously a nice piece of fish at one time. The other however was greasy, gray and smelled off. My illness later that evening can back that claim!
It was shameful and had me ranting afterward about the decline of yet another iconic spot. Looks like C Lovers next time. I guess we live in an era where you are now better off going corpo because at least they have standards to uphold.
Shame on you Trolls. Maybe when the owner won the lottery a few years back, he stopped giving a shit about the restaurant....