Pajo's is a fish and chips chain. This location is in Garry Point Park.
We had a great F&C experience at the Pajos on the wharf a couple months ago so we decided to spend one of the possibly last sunny Saturdays at Garry Point Park enjoying a F&C lunch in the park. We got to the concession about 11:30 and grabbed a table in the sun overlooking the river beach. Ordered 2 large cod F&C for $30. While I was collecting our condiments for the table I could see the cook in the back had stockpiled several fryer baskets with precooked cod and sure enough, our order came up much too quickly to be fresh fried. Not a good omen.....
The fries were okay but dry and needed vinegar and ketchup and the fish didn't have the crispy light batter we enjoyed previously at the wharfside PAJOs. Smoking guns for pre-fried food re-heated. Still edible but disappointing after our previous experience down the dock. I can appreciate they want to try and keep ahead of the crowd but pre-cooking F&C should be a cooks sin punishable by boiling oil immersion.
The portion is ridiculous small considering the price isn't cheap. The batter is on the thick side, so the fish is actually smaller than it looks because it's wrapped around by thick batter. The ambiance is good because it's always nice to eat outdoor and look at the scenery.
It's mainly for tourists who come all the way down to Steveston and want to get something to eat. The one at Garry Point Park benefits from it's location, there is nothing else around selling food. That's the only store. If you don't bring your picnic basket, you have no choice but buy from Pajo.
Frankly, it's really not worth your money. Bring your picnic food or drive somewhere else to eat then.
We were looking forward to trying this place but was a little disappointed.
The restaurant seemed to be very popular, a decent line, service was quick though.
We asked for a large Cod and Chips. It stated that there would be 2 and a half pieces of fish. However, this seemed to be like 1 piece of cod broken into 2 and a half pieces. There also seemed to be more batter than fish. It did however taste ok, nothing special.
I would call these soggy French Fries. They were nothing like British chips from an authentic Fish and Chip shop. The chips tasted below average.
I would expect to get two of these meals for the price we paid, not one.
I think the location of the place is pretty good but if the food is not that good there is no point going there.
Pajo's is not our usual spot for fish and chips in steveston, but since we were already settled in Garry Point Park, we did not want to go all the way to the village to get them, plus, it was jam packed, so we wrongfully assumed it was good. First of all, we had to wait at least 40 minutes for our order of 3 large Cod fish and chips. When they finally arrived, we immediatelly noticed we have been ripped off; the pieces of fish were very small and completely tasteless, and the fries were cooked in what we think is very old oil, they tasted awfull and we could not eat them. We were left hungry and dissapointed. Needless to say we will not come back there ever, and we will warn everybody about this awful place.
This Pajo's has always been our go-to place for outings with the dog and with the first sunny weekend of the year, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to go back and enjoy some delicious fish & chips. However, with the new year, there seems to be changes does not benefit the customers.
We ordered the large halibut with onion rings replacing the fries. Of the three pieces of halibut we received, one piece was cod (which is cheaper) rather than halibut and all three pieces of fish were overcooked. The batter was also lumpy and didn't have the usual lightness or crispiness to it. The onion rings were great but there were only about 7 or 8 rings in there.
There was a line up to order but we've lined up at longer ones and received our food even faster. Waited about 15 minutes just to order and then another 30 minutes to get our food! And the guy who was calling out the numbers for pick up was so quiet, no one could hear him so he kept calling out the same numbers, taking up even more time.
With the new year came an expanded menu but also higher prices. We paid $22 for 3 pieces of halibut, some onion rings, and a medium fountain pop. For that price, I rather go to one of the restaurants along the boardwalk and be served.
Excellent as always but of course, the ambiance is nature and had nothing to do with Pajo's.
After 8 years' absence, went back to try it. It was a sunny Sat afternoon, perfect for walking along the dockside. Reached Pajo's at the end after passing by all the other restaurants at the dock that had long line ups. Compared to Pajo's, those other restaurants' prices were higher by 10-15%. Line up at Pajo's was about 12 customers long, but it took us maybe 3-5 minutes to get to the front. The order took 5-7 minutes so it wasn't as long a wait as I had anticipated.
The more important question is "How's the food?" Both the fish and the fries were tasty. The only thing may be the size of the fish. Otherwise, enjoyed the surroundings. Gorgeous day with the sunshine. Can't complain.
Was the value there? Depends on what you're looking for. I know I can pay the same money and sit in a nice, clean restaurant and be served by someone. But we were looking for a comfortable place with little hassle, and Pajo's did the job.
i was really looking forward to eat here, but found it quit disappointing. I've heard great things about this place, but again not impressed. the food was alright. but really does not need that attention. sure they have a nice spot but for that price, i can get better quality of food and service. not to far away.
We have always been big fans of Pajo's on the wharf but last weekend the wharf location was very very busy so we decided to walk over to Garry Point Park location. What a disappointment that was. The line to order was about 15 minutes. They really rush you through and the wait to pick up food was about 20 minutes. Like previous reviewers, the quality of the batter has gone down hill over the past couple of years. The batter has gotton thicker and less flavorful and the batter separated from the fish a little too easily making it difficult to eat. The fries were dry, dark and overfried. We did not finish them. We ordered a hamburger and it too was dry and not that great. For one large order of fish and chips and hamburger it cost me $22 with no drinks. A bit expensive in my opinion and not very good. Better off going somewhere else or throw some frozen fries in the oven yourself. Not sure I will be visiting it again.
"What do you mean?" I asked.. "Well" he said, "they come in 1 1/2 or 2 1/2 pieces".. Sheesh. Aside from that (and the fact they don't take credit cards) it was decent. I realized afterwards that they give you the extra 1/2 piece of fish so you don't go back and complain about the size of the first 2 pieces. They were very battery and the pieces of fish were a bit small. Fries were bang on. Tartar sauce was basically mayo with an itty bit of flavouring. Aside from all that, you can't complain about eating food outside at Garry point park. Atmosphere was great.
One thing you'll notice about Pajo's branches in the Steveston area is that they're packed with people. This tends to pique the curiosity of many to lure them in. I was one of them. But I left very much disappointed.
One thing you'll notice in the menu is that they serve "1/2 extra piece." Nice gimmick, but if you examine the fish closely, it's necessary for that extra half piece to be served. The first "larger" piece isn't very large at all. The fish (cod, salmon, and halibut) and chips are served in a paper cone, but neither fish nor chips were really great. Other sides (like onion rings) are also the same so-so servings. For the serving size, they're definitely on the pricey side.
Serving time can range from average to long wait (due to the crowd and number of orders I suppose). Extra condiments (tartar sauce) being free is a nice plus, though. Some places charge $0.15-$0.25 extra.
They're the only fish and chips in the Garry Point Park proper, but walk down to the Steveston Wharf area and you'll find 3-4 more fish and chips that are probably better worth spending on.
The quality or the food has gone down hill and the price is over the top, the Chips are sub standard, the Fish is very greasy, the Price is so high that you could feed 6 at Macdonalds for the price of three at Pojo's or just down the road you could eat very high quality food and get great service for the same price I think with the drop in quality and the escalated prices they are going to lose out. What good Fish and Chips at a good price go to Dave's about 2 minutes from Pajo's