Go Fish is the newest member of the Bin family. It is a seafood shack at Fisherman's Wharf that serves up all that is from the sea.
This is a busy little place just near Granville Island. Expect to wait a bit as there are often lines to order. The waiting time for everything should be a good 10-15 minutes on a typical, busy day.
Other than the standard fare fish (halibut, cod, salmon) and chips, they also offer oyster, fish tacos, and other interesting goodies. The fish is cooked in batter that gives it a crunchy/crispy and light but flavorful taste. I'd rate it better than PaJo's, Dave's, and Mr. Pickwick's. The chips, though, seem very standard fare. Crunchy versions of what you get from fast food joints, but with a heavy taste of oil (and hints of fish).
It's nice to have this on a nice sunny day, facing the shore. There's not many tables, though, but there's plenty of room on the side street to just sit down, relax, and enjoy the view.
This place use to have a nice vibe. Sunshine, water, and a very nice al fresco lunch! Over the years, with expanding popularity, the joint has not kept up, to the extent that now you queue up for over an hour on a sunny day to get mediocre fried fish with over done fries ($12 for halibut). The spot prawns ($14), which I remembered from past years was not very tasty, the sauce being very bland and tasteless, the bun served with it ordinary and stale! This is not a cheap lunch, and when it is not a good lunch, why bother? Would it be better if they had more staff? Probably. But I wonder at the credentials of restaurant management that is content with a very mediocre to bad example of their brand. How could they let it get to this point?
I arrived with my son and sons out of town guest at 11:30 am which was the stated opening hour. There were about 20 people ahead of me in line. We waited until 12:10 before they appeared to start taking orders. There was no explanation of why there was a delay or any acknowledgment of the waiting crowd. In fact the money taker avoided looking at the customers when I went up to ask what was going on.
I put in my order around 12:25. I was told it would be 25 minutes. The money taker was busy eating while taking orders and seemed irritated by the customers. The person in front of me had a long list of orders he was placing, about 15, which surprised me since none of them were in attendance. I was on my lunch break and at 12:55 I asked if I could get my individual order (the others could wait) as I had to leave by 1:15. The staff were very rude telling me I had to wait until all the orders ahead of me were filled. At 1:05 I told them that I had been there since 11:30 and was very upset because I had to leave. I recieved my order at 1:10 and had to leave before eating it all as I was too rushed,. I will not return as I thought the service and dealings with the customer to be very shoddy. I run a business and if my employees treated customers that way I would fire them. There should be a better system for those who wait. There appeared to be all sorts of people picking up orders who had called ahead and were all appearing to pick up the orders from the one fellow who stood in line. A very disappointing experience and surprising as I see these comments were made by other visitors in earlier comments. I guess the owner doesn't care about customer service which is quite surprising in this day and age.
When friends from Calgary wanted to eat fish and chips we went to Go Fish. We went there because we were already at Granville Island and the ambience seemed OK to us. No, not the parking lot, but the water and the boats!
Ugh! That's all I can say about the tasteless food, which was a basket of soggy uncooked fish, about 25 (yes, I counted!) soaking wet with oil chips and a small cup of raw and bitter something they called coleslaw. This was definitely not what we had expected after standing in line for about half an hour. Of course when I asked to speak to the owner; (after all, why would we pay $$$$ for trash); I was told he was not there, and when I asked to speak to the manager, he was unavailable! Hmmmmm....
And yes, there can be a myriad of excuses for this dismal experience, but they would still be excuses!
Go Fish would do better to Go Learn some basics.
We had the Thai Sesame Soup and that was the best part! Fish was overly battered, although the fish itself was really good. Chips get a grade EH rating.
The atmosphere is sooo cute! It's a little tangent away from the main island, but it's nicely tucked away from the pack at the market. Go there during off-peak hours because the lineup to this outdoor patio can stretch a nautical mile.
Overall, go there for anything but the fish and chips. (Oyster Po' Boys, Albacore Tuna sandwiches, Scallop Burger, Ceviche, Fish Tacones...)
Lunched at Go Fish (on the first day of summer) this afternoon. It was a sunny and warm day, people meandering on the seawall, cyclists and dog walkers milling about and a dozen or so patrons at Go Fish either eating or waiting for food. I arrived just after 2:00, waited in line about 2 minutes. The young woman at the cashier was pleasant and cheerful, told me how long my order would take (15 minutes) and confirmed my name twice, telling me they would call my name when my order was ready. There we're a few chairs empty and I noted a number of people preferred to sit on the seawall to eat. Lovely ambiance! Sure enough no more than 15 minutes later my order was ready. My daughter and I had both ordered 2 piece cod and chips. We could easily have shared one order as there was plenty of food. In fact, because some pieces of fish were small, they in fact gave my daughter 3 pieces of fish! The food was spectacular; fish perfectly battered, not too greasy, the chips crisp and perfectly golden. They also offer (for an additional $0.50) extras of tartar sauce, wasabi mayo, prawn mayo. We tried the wasabi mayo..... Delish! Highly recommend Go Fish.... Perhaps a better service experience if you can go early afternoon mid week?
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