Pajo's is a fish and chips chain. This location is at the Wharf in Steveston.
I have been to all the Pajos locations. This one is the best for ambiance.
Had halibut and chips and partner had cod and chips. Unlike at other locations or other visits, the cod was a little better here I think. The Halibut had a few spots missing batter and was just a little soggier than usual. The cod was crispy.
The chips were excellent as usual. All served in a paper cone. Get you condiments first though or you'll have no hands to do it. I have found the halibut at other locations a little better but who cares - it's all good. yay Pajos!
It was a warm sunny Saturday so we decided to drive down to Steveston for a walk and a fish & chips lunch at the docks. Of course I first perused the Dinehere reviews for F&C in Steveston and saw middlin' to good reviews for Pajos so we aimed our sights at their wharf-side location. It was just before noon and there was no line-up to order so it took about 15 minutes to get our order of two large cod F&C and a bottled water ($32). The cone-cup dishes were novel and would be a challenge to eat from if you couldn't find space at one of their picnic tables with special holes in them for the cups, but we found a nice table up on the dock in the sun. Tartar sauce, lemon wedges and ketchup could all be gathered at the take-out counter and there were vinegars and salt on the tables.
Wife and I were very impressed with the quality of the food. The cod fish was deliciously moist and lightly battered in an almost tempura style batter, very crispy without being oily. The chips were double fried, crispy on the outside and fluffy potato goodness inside. The condiments weren't even necessary, we enjoyed the fish and chips so much. I was starting to get a little jealous at my wife's pleasurable moans. It was truly just the way F&C are supposed to be. We would have had seconds; our mouths said yes but our tummies said no friggin' way. Combined with the sun and location, we both agreed they were the best we've had since York, England a dozen years ago. The place was starting to get busy as we left so we were glad to have stopped in a bit early. We'll definitely go back soon.
I think one reason F&C places like Pajos and others can have such mixed reviews is traffic volumes. If you go when they are very busy (i.e. big line-ups), I think they have problems keeping their oil temperatures hot enough while cooking order after order, and that leads to a soggy, oily, not so crispy product. If you go before the big lunch rush like we did, you'll get peak quality. Makes a big difference.
Pajos is a little Fish and Chips place on a warf at Steveston, and they serve up Halibut, Salmon and Cod fish & chips as well as burgers. I went with the large Fish & Chips with Halibut, which runs at $14. Pretty expensive. I also grabbed some chowder which the staffer recommended, which ran at I think $4. The service there is decent. The guy serving us hadn't tried much of their menu, but what he had tried he was able to describe well. He was friendly enough.
For the food itself, it's actually really delicious. The halibut was tasty and the batter was amazing. Don't overcoat in vinegar or lemon, because you want it to stay as crispy as it comes. The portions for a large are OK, I shared my large as well as the chowder and that was more than enough for 2. The chowder was alright. Thick, creamy, but in need of a bit extra seasoning. The fries were standard fare.
And now for the ambiance! Wow there are a lot of crows there. And these are scruffy-looking crows. They're the size of small dogs and they will stare you down. I've never been glared at by birds before, and these crows are not in the least bit afraid of you either. It's kind of nice being on the dock on a nice, sunny day, but since all the seating is outdoors, you don't get to avoid the cold glares of death the giant birds around there give. It's actually pretty entertaining though, as long as birds don't scare you. Tables are all covered with umbrellas, so you don't have to worry about the birds defiling your meals or hairdos.
Eating down on the wharf at Pajos is an experience I have every summer, its a great place to take visitors as it is still somewhat off the beaten path that takes tourists to Stanley Park and other large attractions. The halibut and chips is still the best choice but cod and salmon are also available. What I found this time was the staff, mostly students, were impatient with customers and tended to look bored with their job....like, do we have to serve you? I realize it is hard to get summer help but it is a job working in a pleasant environment (love those seagulls) so Pajos should be training their staff to be a little more customer-friendly. Also, how about some different fruit juices and non-carbonated drinks. the selection is quite poor. However, I'll be back for the halibut & chips!
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.
After regretfully not going to Pajo's after eating at Shady Island and few weeks back, my sister and I were determined to finally try Pajo's given all the glorious reviews (word-of-mouth from all locations). Afterall, they are "famous".
We were at the Steveston Salmon Festival yesterday and waited at the Pajo's dock for what seemed like an eternity x2 (one line-up to order and one for p/u). We were hoping our wait in the boiling hot sun would be worth the trouble. Unfortunately, we were disappointed.
After about $28 later, we received our 2 large cod n' chips, and one small fish pieces. We proudly walked up the pier past all the people in line and luckily found a table. During our feast, we couldn't help but to notice that these fish n' chips were no better than those from Shady Island? I lightly picked up a peice of fish and was almost blinded from the reflection off the oil on my fingers from the sun. Could this be a case of not being able to keep up with the demand (overcrowding the deep fryer with massive amounts to fry)?
We finished our meal and by that time, they were limiting entry onto the dock like it was Boxing Day. I had to fight the urge to tell people it just wasn't that great.
On the plus side, I did love the cone-holder boxes to carry and unload food and I did love how all the tables (picnic, plastic patio, and deck chairs) had holes carved into them to hold the paper cones. I did not, however, appreciate the girl at the p/u counter rudely telling people, "Make sure you return the box before you eat." I understand the need for the returns, but don't say it so rudely.
I guess it's a "keep looking" for the perfect fish n' chips.
Although a tad on the oily side, they offer some fresh lightly battered fish & chips. Large portions, busy location. I still remember it because of the overuse in oil in the fish though. Still trying to figure out why they're so busy. Maybe it's the sunshine & on the docks theme--can't go wrong there.
Food: lot of batter on fish, fries were soggy, but none the less satisfied a fish and chips craving.
Service: order and pick up, can't really go wrong. Cashier and staff were all polite and smiling. Didn't wait too long, about 20 min on sat afternoon.
Value: kinda pricey, almost $10 for just 1.5 pieces of fish and a handful of chips.
ambiance: can't really beat a hot sunny afternoon down at steveston!
It was a beautiful Friday evening so perhaps the larger than average crowd was unexpected but man, it took them over an hour to serve one order of large halibut fish and chips. If we hadn't already paid, I would've walked out at the half-hour mark. Fish chips were good, not great, but decent for a small establishment. The fish size were smaller than what I'm used to getting at C's or at Go Fish. The batter was average, not light and crispy nor heavy and greasy. The chips are over friend and tasted saltless. The value was mediocre at $13.79 for 2 and half pieces served in a newspaper cone. One thing that I did like was the near limitless supply of tartar sauce that they hand out. For a touristy place, the pricing is fair. Ambiance is the one thing going for this Pajo's location. Great views Steveston Wharf and ample seating on and nearby the floating concession stand. Unfortunately, this poor experience coupled with less-than-stellar past experiences have reaffirmed my belief that it's all show, no substance. I'm going to Dave's next time.
My bf and I went to Pajo's after an afternoon of walking around Steveston. We went there pretty early in the afternoon, so the line up to order was short and the wait time for food was reasonable (about 5-10 minutes).
My bf ordered the salmon and I ordered the halibut and both were really tasty. The salmon was really juicy and the halibut was perfectly cooked. The fries, however, were pretty inconsistent. My fries were over done..burnt to a crisp..drowning in grease. My bf's fries, however, were a little under cooked, but still edible.
The view from the pier is really nice..I enjoyed sitting on the lounge chairs while enjoying our greasy dinner.
Would we go again? Yup. Would we recommend you to go?
Sure..as long as the line up is short (it's not something really worth waiting in long line up's for).
this is our 2nd review which is better than our previous review 3 years ago...Went here on the weekend, waited in line about 15 mins to put in our order then waited about another 5 or 10 mins to receive our food. There was quite a long lineup but it was worth the wait though on this hot sunny summer day. Ordered 2 Large Fish n chips (a large is $11.99 for 2.5 pieces of beautifully lightly battered fish, hot & and very crispy. You can take as many lemon wedges as you wish. The fish was fresh tasting and the batter just melted in our mouths. Sure you can go to other "all you eat" fishnchip restaurants for the same price but the quality & freshness just does not compare and how much fish can you actually eat anyway...
The weather finally perked up so a trip out to Steveston was in order. We made a beeline for Pajo's at Garry Point and were dismayed at the humongous lineup of screaming schoolchildren. No matter, there's one just a hop and a skip away, floating along next to the boardwalk.
We got the "one of each": 1 pc each of salmon, halibut, and cod. The fish was lightly battered and not overfried or dried out. Nice! However, the fries were soggy and not crisp. My dining companion commented that they felt "rubbery." Maybe undercooked a little bit?
The orders came out really fast, no complaints there.
I don't know what to say about ambiance. The hut itself is pretty cute. Not too hard to find seating up around the boardwalk.
Will have to come back to see if the fries are any better the second time around. Fish is great though...can we get them by themselves?
Well what we had was good but I did not know that one could slice halibut so thin! You could practically see through it....chips were good.
I really don't see the value here. If they would give you the normal thickness of halibut then it would be different.
Definitely not worth the drive from Mission.
We recently visited Pajos and were disappointed with our meal. We ordered the halibut fish 7 chips and its seems like the portions of fish have shrank. The last few times we went, our meal seemed worth it because we were paying almost $13 for 2 1/2 pieces of fish. This time we got 3 half pieces of fish with very soggy fries...what happened? The lines have also decreased, so maybe that is a sign. I think we'll try Dave's next time we're in the Steveston area.
sorry folks but I tend to disagree. remove the fact that you're on top of a float situate on the south arm of the Fraser River and is Pajo's on the wharf really all that?
the seafood fare is just barely comparable to other global "Fisherman's Wharf" locals.
sitting on the edge of a boardwalk (adjacent to a pier) and eating with my fingers out of a newspaper cone just doesn't always "cut" it for me. and if I were to factor in the price then I'd really need to scratch my head.
We visited Pajo’s on a warm and sunny afternoon. Wooden picnic tables were conveniently set up on the float where the kitchen is as well as along the boardwalk. The umbrellas placed at most of the tables are a nice touch; they provide a little shade from the heat of the blazing sun. The primary resource look and feel of Steveston is omnipresent; fishing boats surround Pajo’s floating kitchen as tourists swarm along the boardwalk.
Approaching the counter one is greeted in a friendly manner as you place your meal request. The fish and chips menu is simple and effective; large fish and chips is two and a half pieces of fish (your choice, cod, salmon or halibut) with chips. We ordered a large salmon and a large cod.
The salmon was extraordinarily delicious. Generous sized pieces of moist salmon inside a perfect batter coating that was not too greasy. The cod was also very moist with a light and crispy batter. It was also cooked evenly throughout with no over or under-cooked spots.
The piece de resistance though were the chips (or if you prefer to say, french fries). The kitchen staff informed me that they peel and chip fresh Kennebec potatoes every day in order to provide the best quality of chip for their patrons.
Pajo’s exceeded even my expectations with their chips; the paper cone of fries was so large that I was hard pressed to finish them off. However, just for the record, I did rise to the challenge and finish them off! They were wonderful tasting and just as importantly, they did not get soggy as we ate our fish. They were not only cooked to perfection but the kitchen did not add excessive salt to them. All the condiments were supplied for the individual to flavour their food to their own taste.
Overall, a very high standard has been established. The ambiance is perfect for a fish and chips stand, service was friendly and the food was as near a perfect display of the classic fish and chips as we have ever had in our fair city. Next up, Go Fish!
Tried this place with the free chips coupon. Also bought salmon, cod and drinks here. It's nothing special actually. Many places make much better fish and chips than they do. As for price. I agree, it's pretty pricey for a little take out place. Perhaps it's cause they mostly do all their business in the summer so they gotta make up for the lost revenue? In anycase, I expected more but didn't get much from here. Won't be back unless they gave away more free stuff.
I'm not a real fish n chips fan given their prices these days, but to end a trip to the Steveston wharf with a walk to Pajo's is always a joy. I tried the Garry Point Park location today and I have to say this one near the wharf is much better. The fries today wasn't hot or fresh, and the fish wasn't as hot neither. However, the fish (cod) was still solid.
Service is friendly and they are generous with the tartar sauce if you ask for more.
I keep hearing good things about this place, so after trying it, and waiting over 30min for my fish & chip, I was super disappointed. The fried batter looked a little too dark, not golden brown, and mushy. My halibut tasted dry and overcooked. Fries were greasy and mushy. Service was agonizingly slow, wish they had a more efficient way of serving people faster. Try C-Lovers for better quality fish & chips.
We are locals and Pajo's is probably our favourite place for fish & chips. The batter is lighter than most places...yes a bit greasy and the fries are yummy. Fish & chips is not meant to be a healthy meal in my mind.
We went this past Thursday and tried to enjoy our meal while experiencing hurricane force winds. The best part of the meal was that my mom's meal was free. Thats right free!! If you go the the Pajo's website you can get a coupon sent via email for a free meal on your birthday. She had a small fish & chips and drink for free...cant beat that. And before anyone comments on how cheap I am....my mom requested this meal b/c she is a chipaholic.
Very friendly service when we asked if we could have the rest of our meal wrapped up b/c we were freezing. Definitely a great place especially during the week when it is quieter. To be honest we avoid it like the plague on weekends.
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