Hadn't eaten @ this location for ages but was hungry driving in from Richmond so stopped in, and now I remember why I don't eat there anymore.
The Staff seemed to be zombies, the service nonexistent, the place was grubby and the food just awful.
They couldn't answer the simplest questions about the fish, mumbled and fumbled the whole time and what I opened up in that little park off Marine Drive where I went to eat my F&C got left for the Raccoons.
The fries were dark dark brown like the oil hadn't been changed for ages, the fish were tiny little portions fried so that they resembled nothing edible at all and were so thin and fibrous I couldn't eat them.
So the next day I tracked down someone who ID'ed themself as Manager, she flat out refused to listen to me at all and insisted everything was fine with the Marpole operation, that they never ever receive any complaints and she didn't know what I was talking about and insisted they were 'Prize Winners'!
So if you're wondering about this place now you know it's not worth your while not with the present management regime in place.
Mr. Pickwick's is a small nook on 70th and Granville, beside a busy 7/11. They offer cod and salmon for fish along with the ample serving of chips. The side-orders are a little bit on the pricey side (e.g. Onion Rings for $4.00+), not really worth the ordinary serving size. I've sampled their salmon and it wasn't exactly thrilled (feels like it was frozen for quite some time). The cod was so so.
If you're in the area, I'd recommend King's Fare Fish and Chips instead located at the corner of 71st and Hudson. Cheaper and better Halibut. They're only open 4PM-8PM (closed Mondays), however.
The girlfriend likes the fish and chips, and having been to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal late in the afternoon, we couldn't wait to make it back to "Go Fish", our usual fave.
We popped into Mr. Pickwick's and were surprised by how small it is; four low chairs and two barstools with room to wiggle up to the counter to place an order.
We both ordered Halibut, but I split mine with prawns. I also ordered a side of the "mushy peas"; never having tried them it seemed like the thing to do.
The order came up promptly, hot and fresh. The Halibut were nice sized pieces, and the chips appeared to be fresh cut, but in a "steak fries" sizing. Both were delicious; almost a buttery flavor to the fish batter, and nothing oily or greasy about either. The prawns were good sized, but only four to the serving, which given the price was a disappointment.
The portion of coleslaw that came with was also a bit scant. The tartar had subtle, almost red pepper flavor to it.
The mushy peas? Could have been good, but I didn't care for them.
The only contention that I could have is with the appearance of the place. In such a small space cleanliness is essential, and the kitchen could use a thorough cleaning and polishing. It is a fish and chip shop, but I prefer to see the stainless gleaming. If fast food joints can keep a kitchen clean, then a small operation like this should have no problem doing likewise.
Having said that, I would readily return to this establishment.
This place is a hole in the wall, literally, however the food is good. Seating for 1, maybe 2 inside but it does have a very small outdoor patio? seating area -ok for the couple or single person having a lunch break.
Ordered to go: their salmon and chips, clams and oysters. Salmon and chips was on the special coupon. Haven't had clams or the oysters in a while so that's what I had. For take out, all in all the takeout meal was decent (above avg.) but I still find the prices of the clam and oyster orders to be steep - pretty typical of fish n chip joints.
Still though, it's better than the places out in Steveston.
I've ordered food from this place about 4 times and I won't go back for 5th time. Each time I ordered, they seem to take long to make the food, and always seem to be out of stock of some items. I only order here because it's the only nearby fish & chip place. Don't understand why so few fish & chip places exist in Vancouver. This review is based on a culmination of experiences there.
This is a simple fish & chips place with a puny "dine in" area, we're talking maybe 2 tables? It's a simple concept where 99% of what they cook is deep-fried. It doesn't take long to prepare and deep-fry food, so I don't understand why the service is so slow.
One time I ordered from them and they said it would be 20 minutes. I decided to wait a bit longer and went there after 30 minutes and the food still wasn't ready and it took another 10 minutes before it was ready. I noticed a sign that some things were out of stock, but I didn't order any of those items so it didn't bug me. When I went home with the food, I found out they forgot the gravy for my poutine.
Another time I ordered in advance and they didn't tell me until I went there that they didn't have one of the things I ordered. No apology or compensation offered. This was very disappointing because it was someone's meal. Why couldn't they tell me over the phone that they were out of stock to give me time to order an alternative?
The most recent time I went was the most disappointing. I ordered in advance, and when I went there I saw a sign saying they were out of stock of a bunch of items, including one of the items I ordered. This was just a side dish so it didn't upset me, but it was still a bit of a letdown. I went home with the food, and we realized we didn't get any of the items we ordered, it looked like someone else's order. We called the restaurant to let them know, and they didn't apologize or seem concerned; the guy gruffly said we'd have to wait 20 minutes if we want the correct order. I decided it wasn't worth the trouble and just ate what we received.
I'm used to slow service, and can forgive a place when it makes mistakes. What I don't like is when a place is unapologetic when they make mistakes. When I called him to let him know about the mistake, I tried to sound polite and pleasant, but his tone made me feel guilty. His tone is the reason I won't go back and why I won't recommend the place to anyone.
i went there with a friend this afternoon, place was crowded, the patio and the indoor seats are all taken. we ordered 2 pieces of cod + fries, the server asked if we are sharing the order, and we told him yes. when we got our fish and chips, we were very surprised that they took the time to split the order, 2 individual plates, extra fries, additional tartar sauce, one more set of fork and knife. after eating for a while, the server came back and asked how we are doing with the food. incredible customer service, always smiling, and very friendly.
The portions are good. I've found the quality is inconsistent from one time to another. Too bad they don't have a real restaurant area for people to sit; it's a bit cramped. Better for takeout than hangout. Look for coupons - well worth it. Popular at the end of the week.
Got the 2 piece cod+chips for $6.99 ( friday special). It was quite hot and the fish portions larger than average. I guess not everyone got the same meal...
Its your average hole in the wall restaurant with limited seating and mediocre ambiance. The radio was playing quite loud which was quite intrusive.
There isn't much to say about this place other than the special was worth the money. The regular menu is a bit pricy for what it is.
this marpole location is a poor second cousin of mr. pickwick's west end location. in the late afternoon on a sunny day i faced a lone clerk-cook-server, a small portion, blazing direct sunlight and heaps of granville street traffic noise while trying to enjoy cod and chips on the small outdoor deck.
such deficiencies can, for me, be ameliorated by very good food, no matter how simple but even at that, i was disappointed. the small portion lacked soul (and sole).
the small piece of cod was outwieghed by its batter. i will continue to go to the proud relative on denman, but not to this sad sack outpost.
This was a bit disappointing, considering it is supposed to be top rated for its fish and chips by Vancouverites.
We both had the 2pc cod+chips. The order was quite large, we'd share one next time. The order was not piping hot nor crispy as I would have expected, considering that it is a small takeout place (see the ambience notes in other reviews, yes it is a small place). It wasn't too greasy so that was good. The tartar saved the meal for me, I could not have eaten it without the tartar - the cod was bland and the batter only slightly better tasting. I also had deep-fried oysters, which were good (not the best I ever had). I enjoyed them more than the fish; but I did get one bad one out of four (can't blame them for that really). We also had the bangers and mash - this was excellent.
We might go back and give this place another try, but the best F&C I've had in Vancouver is still Tony's Fish & Oyster Cafe at Granville Island.
The fish and chips were good but why, where every you go, are they always such small pieces of fish! The batter is very good, crispy and not too greasy, but I'd prefer one larger peice of fish with less batter!
Wow amazing fish and chips. Really nice batter, moist fish, freshly made in front of you. The tartar sauce was by far the best I've had. Really fresh with great flavour- not the normal standard glop every place serves. The chips were nice and crisp, which for some reason is where most french fries fail. Really well cooked. The place is so tiny, but really cute and kitch. Friendly and attentive service as well. Worth a stop for sure. I haven't had fish and chips this good since my last trip to the UK. Very UK style grub that's worth a stop. Large portions as well.
Easily the best fish and chips in the lower mainland!!!!!!! I came in on my way home last week for a quick bite after the renovations were done and had the 4 pc crab sticks and chips for $5.98 and was suprised at how filling the meal was the chips were crisp and the crab was large well woth the price i paid. I also had to have some deep fried pickles for an appy and a deep fried mars bar for dessert, Wow they were great I will def be telling my friends to come down to Mr Pickwicks anytime they say they want to eat anything!!!!
This is BY FAR my favorite place to go in the summer! It's a small, no BS zone that's the hub of Vancouver's original British-ness. Hopefully one day they'll serve Guinness on tap, and if they do... I will live there.
I'm a huge fish-n-chips fan. Most places use crappy oil, gooey batter and the result is yucky and greasy. These folks have mastered the crispy non-greasy good oil product. They also offer a wide selection of combos. The oysters are a 10!! (you can tell a place that uses good oil -- you don't feel like a beached whale afterwards)
My only complaint is the mixed greens side salad they put on the same plate; the oil/vinegar dressing runs into the fish-n-chips and makes them soggy. I can't figure out why they would go to so much effort to deliver a crispy product, then let it get soggy because of salad dressing? Ask for your salad on a seperate plate.
As far as the ambience, it's what you would expect.... who goes out for fish-n-chips because of ambience??
The service isn't the greatest, but the staff are the darndest friendliest people you could meet.
Very clean place, kitchen included. Prices are very reasonable compared to other such places.
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