From the fisherman's ship to the Granville Street strip - here, the seafood is as fresh as the crowd. So roll up your sleeves, tie on a bib, grab a mallet and dig in - The Fish Shack has arrived.
We stopped in at the Fish Shack for a late lunch before the Canada-Swiss FIFA game. We got a table near the front entrance patio which was nice with the breeze. I can understand some people's complaints about the close quarters among tables. Service was fine.
Our calamari appetizer was pretty good, a different breading, not as crunchy as most but the aioli was very tasty. Fish and chips for both of us. My haddock was very good, crispy batter, lots of fish. Hand cut fries were perfect. The horseradish coleslaw was a bit overdressed with dressing running out into the fries, making some soggy. Wife's cod was also good but a bit small so I shared some haddock with her. She didn't care for the Asian coleslaw, it was very overdressed and didn't appeal to her at all. But generally she loved her F&C.
$58 for two with tip. Overall, other than the slaws missing the mark a bit, it was a good pre-game lunch. And Canada won. Yea!
The one big complaint I have with the Glowball Restaurants, why do they make their eating locations cramped?Why is everyone so close together, and put a bit of space with ambiance could make a difference with any meal.
I was in here with the lunch crowd, stuck side by side, and decided to try their fish n chip lunch box special. I really like the fish n chips, came out perfectly, crunch and the fries tasted really good. I did like their salad with vinaigrette dressing. As for the coleslaw, awful, think it maybe kimchi, but I didn't even try it after the first bite.
The fish n chips were a great deal for lunch and would go back to have it again, in the future.
The service I felt needed to be worked on, and for the managers in the corner, using their cellphones, laptops, ipads, yelling out across the floors to some trade person, left me wondering don't they have office??? I suggest all of you go in a back room to conduct your daily business, speak to trades, staff and suppliers, which I felt this was the main reason service lack any personal style. Take a look at the managers....
I would come back again for the fish n chips, and hope the service improves for my next visit.
So me and my gf decided to order from the fish shack pay a premium for delivery , since my gf is a pescatore I reluctantly agreed knowing very well that most sea food restaurants don't deliver!! So we ordered a bunch of food seafood stuffed mushrooms, the rock crab jalapeño
Poppers (absolutely no sign of crab,ZILCH and you charger 10 bucks for 5 half poopers half filled with cream cheese?), the seafood melt ( this one is the best..big toast lotsa butter but hardly ANY seafood filling OMG even a Chinese restaurant would do better), seafood cannelloni (3 pieces of narrow cannellonis filled with you guessed right...HARDLY ANYTHING) and the fish shack fried rice (should be served as an appy minus too much salt)..
Hey blokes if you guys want real seafood this is NOT the place unless you have MONEY TO BURN
Oysters (2) fried to death on a stale bun
'Tacos' consisting of tiny tiny bits of cold fried fish on a stale Tortilla this dish has nothing to do with Mexico
Onion Rings with some weird dip that tasted vaguely like Lavender
East Coast Oysters that were just OK.
What service the food is slapped down in front of you and the neo-neandethal server hustles away as rapidly as possible never to be seen again
Well it's Granville Street so whadddya expect
Speaking of whadddaya expect don't expect so called management to care if the food & service sucks they make it plain they don't care literally turning their backs on customers and walking away
Not Recommended not in 10,000 years would I recommend this place
When I heard that Fish Shack was opening, I did some research on what this new Glowbal offering was all about. It was likened to the likes of Rodney's Oyster House and Joe Fortes. Honestly, when I went to Rodney's I was unimpressed, so if I had to deal with the same type of restaurant, I would likely not leave particularly impressed.
Despite not loving that particular stretch of downtown, the restaurant was nice. The decor was unique, and it was an easy to find location.
Known for its interesting Caesars, Fish Shack gave me my first Caesar experience ever. I'm not sure I loved it, but it was definitely interesting with the bacon and scallop twist to this savoury cocktail. Probably a must for true Caesars fans...
Our server was attentive but not overly so and made some decent recommendations.
My friend and I shared the Fish Bites to start, which is essentially the odds and ends of the fish and chips fish. Very tasty and portion was reasonable. The chipotle tartar was what made it amazing though. Delicious! I actually kept the sauce for my fries.
I ordered the Kentucky Fried Oyster. It was more or less an open-faced Po Boy with SUPER SIZED deep fried oysters, which I was pleasantly surprised with considering the price. The fries were the star of the dish though. Crunchy but not hard. Slightly sweet, but not too starchy. While I like the sandwich, the bread was a bit dense and cold for my liking.
My friend ordered a steamer and it was OK, but I'm not a big mussels fan to begin with so I'm not a good judge of what's good and what's not in this realm.
We ordered popcorn shrimp to share as well and this was great. The shrimp were large. And of course, I asked for another chipotle tartar as dipping cause and our server gladly obliged with no additional charge!
Overall, a good Glowbal experience and I would pick this place over Rodney's any day as it is cheaper, has better food and also better service.
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.
If you like seafood, you should try this place. It is nice place for a casual dining with friends or family. Prices are reasonable and menu is rich. Unfortunately, patio is small. There is a lot of friendly attendants. The cook is a nice guy and talented. I found the place a bit noisy but I was there during their peak time on Sunday evening. I tried Fish Shack for lunch as well and I liked it. Try their mussels or grilled fish.
We came in a group of about 10 people and they were able to accommodate us for lunch right away.
They had awesome caesars and oysters and everyone enjoyed the food and drinks very much.
The staff was funny and the service was great! Loved the how open the place was. I'll be coming back for sure!