Let me start by saying I like fish and chips. I have fond memories of going
to a true “chipper” in Toronto and getting an order of fish and chips
wrapped in newspaper to take into the Saturday matinee. You got a
choice of fish and the movie house actually let you bring in food back
That particular “chipper” is long gone; the whole north east corner
of Carlton and Yonge long ago lost its small buildings and shops. But I
remember that “chipper” with fondness so, I’m always on the lookout for
a new fish and chip place here in Kitchener Waterloo.
I ate at Golden Fish and Chip (94 Bridgeport Road East Waterloo, ON
N2J 2J9 (519) 888-6660) last Friday, December 12, 2008. It was a little disappointing. The décor was pleasant, more upscale than your usual fish and chip place.
There was a large selection of fish just like at my childhood “chipper”
but they were rather expensive – the cheapest was Pollock at $7.50 (two
fillets, fries and coleslaw) and you were not given a choice of sides.
The sides on the menu included that British favourite mushy peas.
My order was nothing to write home about; most pubs do fish and
chips better and the fries were not anywhere as good as the family
favourites for fries – Swiss Chalet and New York Fries. Joey’s Only
Seafood Restaurants (370 Highland West Kitchener ON N2M 5J9) is much
better, less expensive and you can choose your sides from a much more
If you are looking for upscale and a good choice of seafood dinners
then you could try Baker’s Cove Family Seafood Restaurant (355 Erb St W
Waterloo, ON N2L 1W4) or near Golden and less expensive, Granny Bonn’s
Fish N Chips (90 Weber St N Waterloo, ON N2J 3G8) Our favourite remains
Joey’s or one of the brew pubs.
Sad news: Barker’s Cove Family Seafood Restaurant is closing September 28th. It will be missed. I wish the owner a very happy retirement.
I’m going to have to give Golden Fish and Chip another try. When I visited it in December of 2008 it had just opened and the staff was new. Over the period since then more than one person has told me how much they enjoyed it.