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It has been a while since this topic was dragged out for a fresh trashing. So here goes: where do you go for the best fish and chips in T.O.?

I have tried:

Olde Yorke

Been there several times. I have found the fish over cooked. The batter too thick. And the fries were too fluffy, too brown and dry in the middle. I like my fires pliable, soft, and on the moister side in the middle yet with a good number of crunchy bits (for example: Swiss Chalet makes decent fries imo). Still this place is better than most.


Nice mushy peas. Over priced. Good fish. Fries totally not my style. Dry, overcooked, skin on, too big, not soft enough. Did I say over priced?


Not bad. Biggest complaint is too far out of my way. Plus, the batter on the fish wasn't to my personal liking.

Len Duckworth:

It's been too long for me to remember why it's been so long.


Good not great. I have had some greasy orders here. I think they overcrowd their fryer and the oil temp drops.

Als (Grange):

Being in the grange makes this really inconvenient. Plus it is no better than my fav. below.

Reliable (Queen E. at Carlaw -- one block west of carlaw on the N. Side):

This is MY place. I love it. Excellently fresh fish. Nice large poritons of Halibut. Crispy, thinner, batter with a clean flavour. Excellent fries. Best fries I have had other than Jamie Kennedy's or a little fry stand near Brantford. Plus, genuinely friendly service. The only things to avoid are the onion rings and the fried clams -- both are bought in.

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  1. Look no further - British Style Fish & Chips (Dundas E/Coxwell). Since Reliable is your fave, this is very nearby and worth a try. I find it to be the best in the city. Ali the owner cuts the filet of fish in front of you to order. Batter is family secret recipe directly from London.

    P.S. I'd also like to take this opp. to say how much I agree that Chippy's is not only overpriced, it also amazes me how this passes as an acceptable example of this dish. Echhh. Not worth the paper it's wrapped in.

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    1. re: sweetspotlee

      I second this - my husband is from the UK and this is the only fish and chip place he will eat at anymore in Toronto. Says it is the closest to "authentic" he has tried here. And he hates Chippy's with a passion!

      1. re: sweetspotlee

        When is this place open? I read somewhere 11am to sometime or other but have been by 3 times around noon different days of the week and it's been closed every time!!

        1. re: Wiley

          So, I went on Friday. I got to say the chips were fantastic. Perhaps the best chips i have ever had. Certainly the best i've ever had when eating fish & chips. But, I didn't really like the batter. I found it stayed too wet next to the fish and wasn't as cripy as I like.

          Do note, however, that I am not one of these people who likes their batter super crisp. I find several places have too crisp and shattering a batter. The batter has to be slightly pliable, but, I don't want excessive moist doughyness next to the fish.

          I know that sounded like I didn't like it. That's a lie, I did. The fish was excellent and the batter wasn't "bad" just not the best. So, I think this place is second in my rankings just behind Reliable. The chips were better -- the fish not as good. Maybe I'll buy the fish from Reliable eat it on the way to British style and then order some chips to go? Or is that overkill?

        2. re: sweetspotlee

          Here here! British Style Fish and Chips is the best fish and chips I've ever had.

        3. In Toronto, I grew up eating fish and chips on Friday nights from Greenwood Fish & Chips on Queen E. (at Degrassi). I haven't eaten there in a number of years, but it used to be old school with the fish and chips wrapped in newspaper. Honestly, the aroma of chips dusted lightly with salt and malt vinegar enclosed in newspaper really bring back memories. The fish was always delicious - the batter was crispy and light, and the fish moist and tender. The chips were fresh, handcut daily, and plenty greasy - no, really they were the perfect chip to use to make a "chip buddy". Yum!

          I've had Caz's and Olde Yorke but they pale in comparison. The only other shop that is worthy is Duckworth's on the Danforth (although I haven't tried British Fish & Chips...).

          If you're ever out in the Oakville area, Art's Fish and Chips on Sixth Line is fantastic.

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          1. re: nancyj

            I totally second WOOD GREEN. And I think they definintelky some the killer fries. It must be eaten with the newspaper still there. Shake up the fish, malt vinegar, salt and ketchup. Yummmmmm.

            1. re: nancyj

              Does anyone know if it's still open? I LOVE that place, but haven't been to Toronto in 10 years but am going next weekend and that place is part of my plans.

              1. re: nancyj

                Incidentally - it is a chip butty rather than buddy. It's mainly a Scouse word for a sandwich. The best butties though are not traditional. Warm a baguette, half it and partially hollow it out. Do your best to smear butter all round the inside and stuff it with hot salted chips.

                If the butter drips down your chin when eating then you've got it just right.

                And the good news is that it is almost calorie-free!

              2. I highly recommend High Street Fish & Chips on Underhill near DVP & Lawrence. Not greasy. Not overbattered. I've been there six or seven times, and the food (including the desserts--shortbread, sticky toffee pudding...) was always first-rate, in my opinion. Plus, it's really clean with lots of comfy seating.

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                1. re: Full tummy

                  Is that in the strip mall on Underhill?

                  1. re: Full tummy

                    I absolutey second that opinion - there fish n chips are the best i've had in the city

                  2. We tried High Street twice.
                    Both times we were underwhelmed.
                    The second time I ordered the Haddock and it was definitely frozen, and on its' last leg.

                    1. We like small place on the west side of Islington south of Bloor, called High Seas. The Halibut is particularly good.

                      1. I have been to High Street with a friend whose family owned a fish & chips shop for many years, and she, too, thought that it was exceptional. I enjoyed it at least as much as what I had at British Style, and you can actually eat in, which you can't comfortably do at British Style. And yes, it's in the strip mall on the east side of Underhill north of Lawrence.

                        1. It has now been many years since visiting, but Queensway Fish and Chips used to make a great version and we loved the fries. Has anybody been in recent weeks? It is located on the north side, just east of Kipling. It is the puffy batter version, a bit greasy.

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                          1. re: bestandworst

                            I was there a couple of months ago and it was terrible. We were the only ones there and the fish was terribly overcooked (beyond dried out) and the fries were flavourless.

                            My fave in south etobicoke is New Toronto Fish and Chips which is a very old/run down looking place but serves great stuff. The batter is great, and is tasty and a little salted. Fries are perfect size and not overcooked (a little crispy a little soft- my ideal combination). It can tend towards being a little greasy, but i always press my fish down between napkins anyways to get out any extra oil...

                            1. re: savannah

                              thanks for the update! I will check out New Toronto.

                              1. re: bestandworst

                                Thanks Savannah! Great rec. I finally got around to trying New Toronto. I am not a fish expert as I eat it fried so seldomly (at most twice a year now), but I would describe everything exactly the way you did...very good, great tasty batter and I would add also that it seemed to be a generous size. We also had onion rings, again a bit greasy as you indicated about the food, but they were really very good. The fries were great. That is one thing that I do eat often and I loved their old school method.

                                I forgot that you wrote about it being run down, and actually came away without any feeling of that. It just felt like a shack type fish and chips spot you might find beach-side, very basic and utilitarian.


                                1. re: bestandworst

                                  We absolutely LOVE New Toronto. I am wondering if anyone who loves NT has an even better place to recommend? Their stuff is all so tasty. Wish it could be a tad less greasy.

                              2. re: savannah

                                Just had New Toronto Fish and Chips last week for the first time in about 20 years. It is just as great now as it was then. Fresh fish, light batter, fresh cut fries. Best fish and chips I've had in years. The place is sitll old looking/not updated, although clean. Same owners since it opened many moons ago.

                            2. I've never understood the raves about Penrose F&C on Mt Pleasant. Strictly average IMO. Definitely does NOT stand up to good old Kiwi 'shark and taties' ('specially not in oyster season - what is it with the aversion to deep-frying oysters here?). Will give British Style Fish & Chips a try, thanks for the tip.

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                              1. re: artgeek

                                I totally agree on the Penrose comment. I haven't been there in a long time (for obvious reasons) but I've always been mystified at how it often pops up in the best fish and chips discussions. Pure marketing from my perspective.

                                1. re: Aardvark

                                  totally agree. Went there for a single piece of halibut. It was soaked through in grease. Was also the size of my cell phone for $6 (no fries).

                                2. Alright, British does sound worth a try. Maybe I'll go this week and I'll report back with my opinion.

                                  1. We, too, have recently been searching for the best fish and chips in T.O. We had tried a few mentioned on the boards here without much luck.

                                    Duckworths: I, too, remember that it was great years ago but we weren't too impressed our last few visits.

                                    British Fish and Chips: Very good when it's good, but I've found they are not consistent.

                                    Our absolute fav .. a very lucky find: Sun Crisp Fish and Chips. It's a small mom and pop place at 2047 Weston Road, north of Lawrence. Wonderful fresh crispy fish, batttered just right, with a huge serving of fries, cooked just right. Also try their onion rings. Best I've had in Toronto. Large, crispy, inexpensive and really tasty. I think our order of Fish and Chips runs just over $7.00. The small onion rings are just a couple of dollars.

                                    We find it's definitely worth the drive.

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                                    1. re: torontogal

                                      I second Sun Crisp...I use to go there as a kid in the '70's and loved it..I went again a few weeks ago and it was great to find that nothing changed, the decore was the same and the great quality of the fish. The batter is so light and perfectly cooked..not overdone. It is worth the drive.

                                      1. re: torontogal

                                        Wow, sounds a lot like Golden Crisp, also family run and on Weston Road
                                        1354 Weston Road, York, ON M6M 4R8
                                        I go regularly. Can't say enough nice things about this place.
                                        Very good food, people, service. Clean place and fresh fish. I have never had a bad experience.
                                        I live 20 minutes away and if I were closer, I could not resist eating it every Friday.
                                        Closed Sundays 416-245-8839
                                        Worth the trip.

                                      2. I really like Chippy's. The fish is more fresh than most places. But alas, it is pricy. Also, since I am up at Y&E, I actually got to Cfood. Also pricy but really, really good and the side sauces are really nice too.

                                        Growing up in Leslieville, it is unfortunate that there are no newspaper type F&C around the area. Penrose doesn't come close to what is found near greenwood.


                                        1. I like Penrose Fish and Chips, despite what others have said on this topic. I can't recall ever having a bad order of fish and chips in more than 30 years. The chips are cut fresh every morning. The quality of the halibut is consistently good. The price has always been fair for the quality. The deep fryer's oil is changed regularly (to prevent greasiness). The menu isn't cluttered up with all sorts of extras -- like burgers -- that have nothing to do with fish and chips. The place concentrates on just fish and chips in a classic fish and chip joint. There's a reason it has lasted so long. Two generations of the same family have manned the front counter and they've got their systems down pat.

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                                          1. re: juno

                                            I like Penrose, though I admit there are better spots for Fish&Chips. Penrose is no glamour but the fish is fresh and the fries are good, though a bit greasy. It's take out (in a newspaper cone) and "out you go", or you sit at one of these well-worn tables.. $6 for fish only, but it's worth it.

                                          2. My husband and I used to go to Reliable every Saturday for lunch - years ago he worked at Colgate (on Colgate Avenue) and went there for lunch. It changed hands in the mid 80s and we thought the batter on the fish changed as a result. Originally it was light and fine like a tempura batter but with the new owners it took on the more traditional solid form batter - what is it like now? Maybe we better try it again.

                                            In our neighbourhood (Lakeshore) there's a good place on 4th just north of Lakeshore Blvd......called.........hmmmm...New Toronto Fish and Chips (maybe)??

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                                            1. re: ElizabethS

                                              Oh well, it is back to being light, crisp and fairly to very thin. Tempura like in that it is thin and crispy -- but, a tad richer and cooked to a more golden brown. I think it changed hands again in the 90s. The current owners are 2nd or 3rd gen. canadian-japanese.

                                              1. re: ElizabethS

                                                I think NT is on 5th. Just tried and thought it was great.

                                              2. I've always liked Olde York, but I haven't been there in 2006. I particularly liked their crispy and relatively thin batter - the opposite of Atahualpa's experience. Wonder if they changed the recipe? The cod was much less likely to be overcooked than the halibut and tasted better. The fish and fries always seemed fresh, though I like my fries brown and crisp and found it necessary to ask for them well done. Nothing else was especially good. Beer is a plus.

                                                I never tried Reliable before the current owners (who took over within the last few years and upgraded the place a lot). I think it's excellent now. Wider than normal choice of fresh fish: they sometimes have grouper, sockeye salmon, and other fish in addition to cod and halibut. The batter is the more traditional type - not a tempura -- but it isn't heavy. Good fries; reasonable prices. They are very friendly and will tell you openly what is frozen or otherwise processed if you ask.

                                                We've got to try British Style - pass it all the time but have never gone in. I mainly remember it for its previous name, pronounced something like "horrid".

                                                I liked Len Duckworth on Danforth many years ago, but both of us became ill (from grease overload - not food poisoning) on two successive visits. Disgusting heavy batter; mediocre chips. The back of the place and the stairs and washrooms smelled fishy. We will never return.

                                                I tried Penrose decades ago after reading gushing reviews. I never could understand the fuss. I end up there every so often with a group and consistently get dull, very heavy, unpleasant tasting batter on very small pieces of fish. There have sometimes been after effects, though not as bad as at Len Duckworth.

                                                I haven't been to High Street yet, but the owners of High Street used to have a REALLY great place in Etobicoke years ago.

                                                B&B on Queen east of Pape has many rabid fans. I'm not among them myself, but you might want to give them a try.

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                                                1. re: embee

                                                  I've had Olde Yorke several times and over the last 4-5 years or longer(since shortly after it opened). The batter is the same as always. You're right, it isn't really thick. It is, however, poofy. So you get a really cooked outer layer that I find almost too crispy and then an almost wet inner layer.

                                                2. I tried B&B about two years ago, after I'd read a good review. Alas, it was drenched in grease and not enjoyable at all.

                                                  1. Hey, since the weather's taking a distinctly autumnal turn this week, why don't we all choose a location and report back? :-)

                                                    1. I don't believe anyone has mentioned Caz's on Davenport west of Avenue Rd. Used to be called the Fish & Chip Shoppe but I think the origins are the same under both names. I have always found them to be pretty good and certainly superior to Penrose (and a little closer to me). I have always found them expensive however.

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                                                      1. re: Aardvark

                                                        That's funny. I just went there today and was going to report. I thought it was very good, both fish, and chips. Not greasy. Plump chips. Flavorful and crisp batter. Generous fillet of halibut. Their menu talks about environmentally friendly fishing techniques. Don't know abot that, but I would certainly go back.

                                                      2. I rather like Mississauga Marketplace Fish and Chips and Seafood at Hurontario and Eglinton.

                                                        1. Do any of these places serve things other than fish and chips? I am a huuuuge fish and chips fan, but my sister will not eat it. Anything else on the menus?

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                                                          1. re: hungryabbey

                                                            In addition to Halibut, Haddock, Sea Bass, Grouper, Shrimp, Salmon, Clam strips and Calamari, Caz's used to serve chicken fingers, battered zuccini, battered vegetables in general, onion rings and garden, greek and caesar salads. I pulled this detail off their takeout menu so I assume they still do.

                                                            1. re: Aardvark

                                                              oh good, she'll eat chicken fingers

                                                              1. re: hungryabbey

                                                                Caz's doesnt sell clam strips anymore. The types of fish they have is seasonal. But, they always have a changing dish for "land lovers" =).

                                                                Also, although they are a bit pricier (not half as bad as Chppy's though), the portions are HUGE!!! Enough to feed 2 for lunch. My fish portion can never fit inside the box.

                                                                I second B+B and Greenwood if you want that old fashioned newspaper fish and chip.

                                                                1. re: qtxniki

                                                                  The woman at Caz's told me they are working on a new menu, so it will be interesting to see what they do. And yes, their portions will easily feed two people. I ate half of mine the next day heated up in the oven at home and amazingly it was still very good.

                                                                  1. re: qtxniki

                                                                    The time I was at Caz's the "halibut special" was indeed a huge portion. The "whale halibut" and haddock portions were smaller. But they all had different textures and tastes. The whale halibut was the most "meaty", the haddock was tender and moist, but the regular halibut was the best.

                                                                    The staff at Caz's were also very friendly.

                                                                    1. re: Teep

                                                                      That's what I had, the special, and I will certainly go back.

                                                            2. I like Reliable as well - just up the street from us, and when I want fish & chips, that's where we pick up. I agree - good portions, not overly battered fish, good chips.

                                                              1. I tried Harbord Fish and Chips today. Lots of Chips and one piece of Halibut. The fish was nice and light and very crispy. I noticed the the oil that they fried in was very clear - not brownish at all.

                                                                1. Tried High Street - had the High Street fish and chips, was very impressed. Worth the $7.25. Will definitely be back for more.

                                                                  1. Although this recommendation is not in Toronto, this place is by far the BEST fish and chip shop I have had outside of the east coast, west coast or england!

                                                                    Jasper Fish and Chips
                                                                    Pickering, ON

                                                                    Every time I go east, I go there. Ton of british and aussie expats go there. The lineups on Fridays are HUGE, and many ppl phone in their orders to pick them up.

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                                                                    1. re: qtxniki

                                                                      Yes I agree with Jasper's F&C being one of the best.The fish is plentiful and chrispy. Their fries are great too.

                                                                      1. re: qtxniki

                                                                        I went to Jasper's for the first time on a busy Friday. They had lots of staff (6) to take care of the traffic. My take out halibut and chips ($8.50) appeared quite generous, as there were 4 pieces atop a box of fries.
                                                                        But three pieces were strips, and they were completely overcooked. The other piece was nicely sized and perfectly fried. I thought the fish strips were unacceptable and would have sent them back if I was at a table. Jaspers's is good, but I'll be more observant next time.

                                                                      2. On a recommendation, my wife and I just tried a little place on the Esplanade just east of Jarvis called Times Square. It's a neighbourhood hole-in-the-wall sports bar that specializes in fish & chips, and it was great.

                                                                        The halibut & chips ($8.95) were fantastic, with generous portions and coleslaw on the side. The fish was perfectly deep fried and not the least bit greasy. And most importantly, it was damn tasty. They also have cod & chips on the menu for a few dollars more, though I haven't tried it. This place is not fancy, but it's a good little find.


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                                                                        1. re: Gary

                                                                          That's interesting and good to hear. I had received a take out pamphlet in the mail some time ago since I live in the neighbourhood. While it espoused fish and chips it seemed to be all over the map food wise (burgers, sandwiches, souvlaki, pasta, steaks). Now that I know where they are located and based on your review I will definitely try them.

                                                                          1. re: Aardvark

                                                                            I tried Times Square fish and chips today. While the fish was not bad (if a little greasy) the chips were not up to par. I ordered the chicken fingers for my wife and she was unimpressed as they seemed to come right from the frozen food section of Loblaws. I would probably go there again in a pinch for the fish and chips (since they are convenient to my house) but I wouldn't put them on the same level as Caz's.

                                                                            1. re: Aardvark

                                                                              Took my dad there once and we agreed we'd not return. Can't recall what the issues were but I think lousy fries and tasteless fish.

                                                                        2. Great idea, Atahualpa, Reliable fish is awesome, but the fries today you could tie in a knot with your tongue ( the old cherry stem trick). I like them a little firmer than that.Will try English Style chips whenever I find them open..

                                                                          1. Wait! I owe Reliable an apology on the chips! Today's were just fine, the other time I must have just gotten an odd undercooked batch. After all, they have a thermometer in every vat and 3 timers on the wall. If halibut is too dry for your liking, try the special basa fresh water fish. Amazing! It's a little more money than the halibut ($8.95), but the owner told me it's almost halk a pound of fish.

                                                                            1. I've tried several of the fish and chips places mentioned and consider myself an expert as well. However, my personal fav in the city are:

                                                                              1. Parkside Fish and Chips (Gerrard on Greenwood)

                                                                              2. Woodgreen Fish and Chips (Queen/Broadview)

                                                                              3. Harbord Fish and Chips (Bloor/Bathurst area)

                                                                              Places that are a joke for F&C are CHIPPY's, RELIABLE, DUCKWORTHS and KINGSWAY was the worst compared to the above mentioned places.

                                                                              BTW, I actually don't mind British Style Fish and Chips, but it cost exactly $10.50 including tax, without a beverage. I'll definitely eat their again if somebody buys my order. I just can't justify paying $10.50 for take-out ever again. If you pay for it, I'll definitely eat it! ;)

                                                                              1. I don't know if it's been mentioned - but St Andrew's at the corner of Ellesmere in Brimley (right around the corner from Scarborough Town Center!) is my pick. The fish - haddock, cod and I don;t remember what else they had- is always light on the batter. The chips are thick-cut enough to be "Chips" and not fries. I love that they serve pies there too, and most importantly (and heart clogging) the have Deep fried jam sanwiches and Mars Bars! :-D It's worth the trip!

                                                                                1. Different strokes for different folks.

                                                                                  I love Chippy's. I love the Halibut (yes, it's expensive for F&C .. but how often can you eat a delicious meal for under $10).

                                                                                  I love the chips, medium to well done, with soft inside.

                                                                                  Harbord F&C - way to greasy, plus undercooked fries.

                                                                                  Duckworth - seemed very average.

                                                                                  1. I know this is old, but I have to say that the Highlands Fish and Chips(3357 Ellesmere rd) is by far the best halibut around. Very generous with light and crispy batter. I'd drive to the GTA any day for some. That's saying alot since I am in Ottawa

                                                                                    1. I can offer three suggestions in south-west Scarborough. One is The Winchester Arms on the north side of Kingston Road just east of Victoria Park. It's one of a chain of pubs, but the fish and chips are good, inexpensive, and the service and ambience are friendly. For takeout or eat-in, there's a Wimpy's farther east at Kingston Rd. and Manderley Drive a block east of Warden, north side. That's for when you want a LOT of fish and chips. One takeout order has 2-3 good sized fish and a big serving of chips which can be split for two people if you're not too hungry. A bit further east on the other side of KR is Cheers, but don't go there - it's a seedy hangout with a bad local rep. A bit north, in the mall at the north-east corner of Danforth Road and Birchmount, there's a small family fish and chip place (can't remember its name) with good reputation and food. It has a few tables but I always get takeout. None of this trio is in the "great" category, but IMO they're all worth consideration (except Cheers), especially if you live in the area.

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                                                                                      1. re: Bob Catt

                                                                                        I'll add one more south-west Scarborough fish and chip place I tried yesterday. It's in a small strip mall at the north-east corner of St. Clair E. and Pharmacy. It has a Scottish name (I forget it) on a sign in old English type. I asked the Asian-Canadian woman behind the counter for a single order of halibut and "a few chips" - a bit cheaper than the full amount. As I waited I scanned the menu and found some odd items for such a place - black pudding and chips, haggis and chips etc.! I hadn't noticed the Scottish name. My fish and chips were very good - a big piece of fish and the "few chips" were just the right amount.

                                                                                        1. re: Bob Catt

                                                                                          "It has a Scottish name (I forget it) on a sign in old English type..." I went by the place yesterday and for what it's worth, it's called Hamish's.

                                                                                        2. re: Bob Catt

                                                                                          That last place sounds like Uncle Harry's. I've never been there, but Aunty Mary's (both used to be owned by the same couple) has excellent fish -- very inexpensive and large portions. Their fries are the plain old frozen variety, but their onion rings are homemade with a light, tempura batter. They taste a bit greasy, but you come to love it. Aunty Mary's is on Scarborough Golf Club Road at Lawrence. They have huge line ups on Fridays.

                                                                                        3. I am glad to see someone else likes the fish 'n' chips at Highland Fish & Chips. I used to live in the area and this is the only fish I will eat (sorry fish lovers, I am not a fan of fish). The fries and gravy are so very good (fries are thick, with a little crisp, but mostly soft) and according to my parents (who live very close by) the quality of the food is still quite high. The same owners have occupied this plaza space (Ellesmere east of Morningside Ave.) going on twenty years now and the quality of the food has remained the same over the years.

                                                                                          I first came across Sun Crisp Fish And Chips a few months ago. The food was so very greasy - and don't get me wrong I do expect a little grease when ordering fried fish & chips - but this was too much! I could'nt finish my onion rings and fries and these are my favourite part. Plus the fries were undercooked. I went back after work a few weeks later and the food was much the same. Although I live in walking range I won't be back.

                                                                                          I've been going to Chubby's restaurant at 2290 Islington Avenue (Islington just north of Rexdale) and the fish and chips are okay, but imho nothing special. I am happy to hear of another place - New Toronto - in Etobicoke that I can try! Next time I have a craving I will be sure to check it out.

                                                                                          1. Tried British Style last night and was disappointed. An order of cod and chips, an order of scallops and chips, and a large coleslaw cost $21, which would have been fine had the scallops not been from Sysco and had the cod been big enough to eat. It was a very very small portion for the price.

                                                                                            The fries were very good and so was the coleslaw. The people were very nice. The batter on the fish was interesting in a good way (dense yet crispy) but neither it nor the size of the protion can really compare to the two fish and chip shops I most prefer to frequent, just down the road and around the bend from my mother-in- law's house in Portugal Cove NL. It's time for a trip home, I think.

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                                                                                            1. re: Scruncheons

                                                                                              I agree, British Style was not what i was expecting, i tryed it last thursday. I ordered a poutine b/c i heard how it was supposed to taste like poutine from Quebec. Yes they use cheese curd, but the gravy was so salty i could barley eat it, and the cheese was frozen im sure, not too much flavor or freshness. I had one piece of fish with my order, it tasted like the oil it was fryed in....along with that, i had a soft drink, and the total was close to $13(too much). I was disappointed because i had heard so much about this place, also because they no longer do the deep fryed mars bar, i wanted to try one soooo bad!! The staff were nice, but i dont think that will be enough for me to go back.

                                                                                              1. re: Scruncheons

                                                                                                Interesting experience. I found it expensive, greasy, and no better than "just OK". But one thing I couldn't complain about was the portions, which were huge.

                                                                                                1. re: embee

                                                                                                  Has anyone been to Mr. Halibtut on highway 2 (kingston rd.) just west of port union rd. on the border of scarborough and pickering. Very reasonable with big portions, try it and let me know what you all think!!

                                                                                                  1. re: CHEF PRASAD

                                                                                                    Or when out that way, a little further into Pickering is Jasper ,1794 Liverpool Rd...yum

                                                                                                    1. re: Wiley

                                                                                                      Or Malt 'n Salt, White's Rd. and Oklahoma, below 401. My visit to Jasper gave me 3 pieces of fish in one order, two of them dried out.

                                                                                                  2. re: embee

                                                                                                    I relayed my negative experience --particularly on portion size-- to a friend who is a big fan of British Style and she explained that the halibut is always a large portion. So maybe it was a cod problem. BTW there definitely was no problem with the portion size of the chips.

                                                                                                    Anyway, halibut fish and chips -- is this an Ontario thing? Everyone here swears by halibut fish and chips but growing up in Newfoundland (when there was a lod of cod) and even now (when there isn't) it was always cod, haddock in a pinch.

                                                                                                    1. re: Scruncheons

                                                                                                      I prefer the moister haddock and cod, but the rest of my family sticks with halibut.

                                                                                                      1. re: Scruncheons

                                                                                                        Halibut has a more delicate flavour, I guess. I have noticed most of the fish and chip places in T.O. (I haven't looked outside T.O.) seem to have halibut as the main fish with the chips. I personally prefer haddock and cod because they're both on par with flavour, they have a nice texture and they're cheaper than halibut. As for restaurants, I love both Reliable and Highland. The fries are piping hot, the gravy's tasty and the fish portions are generous. Anyone ever remember the old H. Salt Fish and Chips place? My mom used to take my brother and I there once a month. Do they still make an appearance at the CNE?

                                                                                                        1. re: scarberian

                                                                                                          Halibut is very white, clean looking, and non fishy. So it pleases the fastidious, despite the higher price.
                                                                                                          I prefer haddock, as it is a well managed fishery and less expensive.
                                                                                                          Cod is not well managed and is shunned by many, just like monkfish or Chilean sea bass.

                                                                                                    2. re: Scruncheons

                                                                                                      I have to say, as one of the people who have been singing the praises of British Style, I actually did have a bad experience the last time I went. Well, not bad, but certainly not great. So, perhaps it's a hit and miss kind of place.

                                                                                                      1. re: mainja

                                                                                                        maybe it is a hit and miss kind of place.....but wasnt there a recent change in ownership, or something along those lines? Maybe thats what happened?

                                                                                                    3. Oyster Boy on queen west has great fish and chips.

                                                                                                      have to agree chippy's is not that great.
                                                                                                      will have to try all the other places discussed here!

                                                                                                      1. A shame WOODGREEN wasn't mentioned. I would recommend everybody try this place at least once. They were top-rated in NOW magazine. It's an old-fashioned looking place, but don't let that fool you. When you order, get it to go, because they wrap it in newspaper and it seals in the flavour and keeps the fries moist (that's one of the secrets). The fries alone are godly. These are the only fries I don't use any ketchup at all on. They taste great sans-ketchup. The fish they use is halibut. It's perfectly battered, light, thin and crispy. The fish is perfectly moist. The fish and potato cakes are also good and only about $1. I think it's about $6 for an order of fish and chips.

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                                                                                                        1. re: nonamebrand

                                                                                                          When were they "top-rated" in Now? I can't seem to find anything online.

                                                                                                        2. B&B is just about a block west of Reliable on Queen and I like it even better. When you order the onion rings, they take an onion, slice those big fat rings and dip it in that so good for you, so bad for you batter, on the spot.

                                                                                                          1. I only have fish and chips once in a blue moon (once a year or so) so I am no expert but the other week I came across Kingsway Fish and Chips and I liked it. The halibut came in a large thick piece, the batter was crisp and had the right consistency. The fries were tasty and not overly greasy. I will go back to try other things on the menu (like the grilled fish). I did not have the tartar sauce because I like my fish with lemon.
                                                                                                            Few years ago I went to St. Andrew's (highly recommended by a friend) but I found the batter too thick and the meal was too heavy for me overall. It did not want to go back.

                                                                                                            1. I live in the east end and have been to Highland Fish and Chips at Ellesmere and Conlins more times than I care to remember. Their halibut is excellent but I find it to be overpriced for the size of the order. I usually stick to Cod or Haddock. Their fries are very good and I love their gravy.

                                                                                                              Malt 'N' Salt at 285 Lawson Rd is very good too I find their fish portions to be bigger than Highland and their batter is crisper and a little less greasy. They have a weekly special which I believe runs Monday to Wednesday haddock and chips $5, cod and chips $6. An excellent value for a sizeable portion. Their fries aren't as good as Highland.

                                                                                                              Jasper In Pickering reminds me of Malt 'N' Salt's batter and portion size. Malt 'N' Salt is a better value though. The last time I ate at Jasper the Fries were horrid. The oil must have been rancid or something was up with the potatoes because the fries were bitter and tasted like they were burnt, but clearly weren't.

                                                                                                              I was really unimpressed with Tugseys Fish and Grille on Port Union Rd. The portions of halibut were tiny and tasted quite fishy. The fries seemed home cut but the amount of skin I had on my order was a real turnoff.

                                                                                                              I made a cheesy blog post about Malt 'N' Salt vs. Tugseys a while back, pics included.


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                                                                                                              1. re: Dr Butcher

                                                                                                                Agree on these easterly places, but haven't been to Tugsey's; no loss there.
                                                                                                                Malt 'n Salt has a second location at Oklahoma and Whites Rd., below 401, less busy.
                                                                                                                They are very acommodating (I request moist fish, but steaming hot, and they have never overcooked it). They are pro-haddock, as that fishery is well managed and recommended by Seafood Watch/Monterey. In checking the Monterey list, Pacific halibut is also recommended, but Atlantic cod and Atlantic halibut are completely overfished.

                                                                                                                1. re: jayt90

                                                                                                                  NORTH YORK CENTRAL
                                                                                                                  I would also recommend HIGHSTREET fish and chips on Underhill Rd just north of Lawrence Ave. East to the list as an excellent purveyor of this product. Haddock is their feature frying fish although they offer other species including halibut and Ontario white fish to name just a few.. It was nice to learn that the shop is licenced for wine and beer as I really enjoy an ale with my order. A banner within the nice clean wooden floored restaurant declares that the food is not fried in trans fat. A variety of high quality condiments at each table and friendly fast service but no rush, 'we need the table' attitude.
                                                                                                                  Overall a most satisfying meal at a reasonable price.
                                                                                                                  Another surprise there are the "hand raised" British pies that they have for serving or take out. I like the Molten Mawbry pork pies.
                                                                                                                  Frank and June await your order.

                                                                                                                  1. re: fruglescot

                                                                                                                    I think they get non-fish items (bread, haggis, pies) from But 'n Ben, just as Highland does. (Read that on the bakery's site).
                                                                                                                    I'll pay them a visit just to try the whitefish, which is especially good in winter, assuming the lakes can be fished.

                                                                                                                    1. re: jayt90

                                                                                                                      I noticed that too but perhaps not all non-fish items are from But 'n Ben. Aaccording to this Toronto Star story, chef/owner Frank McNie make the Melton Mowbray pies himself -

                                                                                                                  2. re: jayt90

                                                                                                                    After blindly following a lifetime habit of always ordering halibut, I tried the haddock and chips from Olde Yorke today because of your post, jayt90. The haddock was surprisingly flavourful and much cheaper. I had a good meal and am also feeling virtuous to boot. Thanks

                                                                                                                    Olde Yorke
                                                                                                                    96 Laird Dr, Toronto, ON M4G3V3, CA

                                                                                                                    1. re: JamieK

                                                                                                                      Same here. I went back to the always reliable Reliable Fish and Chips on Queen and Carlaw this weekend and ordered haddock instead of my habitual halibut. $1.50 cheaper and even tastier.

                                                                                                                      A shout-out for Reliable, BTW, which has never let me down yet. I always find the service friendly, the food great and I love eating surrounded by the pictures of retro Riverdale.

                                                                                                                      1. re: JamieK

                                                                                                                        I've always ordered haddock, and have finally turned the rest of my family on to it, in spite of their previous loyalty to halibut. Now, we regularly buy it fresh from Costco for a family fish fry as well as ordering it for fish and chips, usully from Olde York.

                                                                                                                    2. re: Dr Butcher

                                                                                                                      Here here. I've replaced Highland with Malt N' Salt. Malt N' Salt tastes less greasy and the price of their halibut is $2 cheaper than Highlands. So it's Reliable and Malt N' Salt as my two top fish and chip places. I would reserve Highland as a close second.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Dr Butcher

                                                                                                                        I managed to get out today to try Malt 'n Salt, at the suggestion of folks here. My friend and I really enjoyed it, although we'd have preferred better seating options than their two cramped little tables (had driven too far to think of takeout...I wonder if a picnic table might have been found in the neighbourhood?). He had the halibut and I had the haddock. I wanted to ask for it to be cooked moist, but the proprietor didn't seem to understand much English. I found the batter to be just the right thickness -- enough to have a good cruch, yet still be crisp on the inside with no mushy stuff. The fish was a tiny bit dry, but still very tasty. I was amazed how ungreasy everything was. Next time I'd ask for the fries to be well done, but even at a pale light golden, they were still very tasty. Good size portions for the price. I'd definitely return. Thanks for the recos, everyone.

                                                                                                                        The onion rings seemed a bit pricy at $3.50 so we didn't order any. Does anyone know if they're good?

                                                                                                                        1. re: CeeQueue

                                                                                                                          They're okay, but I believe they are the frozen batch; not worth the price. I usually stick with the fries. If you take out during the summer, across the street about a block east is Adam's Park, a very nice park to have a picnic. What I like to do when I take out from Malt n' Salt is to make fish sandwiches. Just down the street you'll hit Port Union and there's a Metro there. You can get your bread and tartar sauce. You should also try The Black Dog Pub (Island Rd. and Port Union). It's not that far from Malt n' Salt, you'll get a wider selection for lunch and you'll get to sit down.

                                                                                                                          1. re: CeeQueue

                                                                                                                            I have always had good haddock and chips at Malt 'N Salt on Oklahoma Drive, at Whites Rd below 401, in Pickering.. Haven't tried onion rings. The proprietor is customer oriented and ha good English, as well as his wife or the part time server. He takes great care in battering the fish and frying it, as if it was his raison d'etre.

                                                                                                                        2. Here's my latest experience at Reliable and at High Street.

                                                                                                                          Two weeks ago we tried Reliable Fish and Chips again. While the food was good it wasn't great. This time there were 5 of us, luckily there was a table to fit us. 1 order of halibut and chips, 2 of haddock were good; inexpensive, properly cooked, not greasy but a bit too much batter in relation to fish. Chips were hot but not noteworthy. 2 orders of the chowder of the day at $4.50; thin and overwhelmingly bacon-y smoky flavour. One order of the scallop flavoured things was "like fish fingers for grown-ups". One order of poutine was fairly gooey with gravy but not enough cheese. I'm picky about poutine and this was just alright. Dad's root beer was a hit though. Some of the items were served on paper containers.

                                                                                                                          Last week a group of us (7) had lunch at High Street which was as before a very pleasant and tasty experience. Orders of haddock and chips, halibut and chips were very good (you may want to mention it is you like your fish really well-cooked) and the fish was obviously fresh. I like their bread basket selection because somehow for me fish and chips aren't complete without homestyle bread and butter and a hot brew of tea. Sides are good too. The beets, coleslaw (on the creamy side) are great with fish. Salad offerings appeared to be OK but nothing special. The meat pies are a solid alternative for non-fish lovers. The "onion things" battered onions on a skewer have light flaky batter with lots of sweet onion inside. More to my taste than onion rings.

                                                                                                                          While Reliable is probably a good choice for neighbourhood takeout or a strictly fish and chips fix if I want a nice meal I'd rather make the drive to High Street.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: dory

                                                                                                                            Hurray!!.glad you enjoyed it so much
                                                                                                                            because High Street is in my neighbourhood an otherwise wasteland for
                                                                                                                            great food.

                                                                                                                            1. re: fruglescot

                                                                                                                              Went to Penrose last night and while the chips were tasty due to frying in beef fat, I thought they could be crispier. The fish was tasty, but I thought the batter could be crispier as well. I was expecting better.

                                                                                                                              It's okay though. I made up for it by popping up to Il Gelaterie and had a "mezzo/mezzo" of limone and cioccolato. :)

                                                                                                                          2. Just an FYI...

                                                                                                                            Olde York is closed for kitchen renos until sometime in March.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: ctl98

                                                                                                                              I can go for weeks without thinking of fish and chips but wouldn't you know I got an intense craving the week Olde Yorke closed. Sign says they will re-open Feb 19 but that's wishful thinking, I'm sure.

                                                                                                                              1. re: ctl98

                                                                                                                                Olde Yorke has re-opened and is back in business!

                                                                                                                              2. the past three times we've been to Reliable, the fish (halibut and cod) has been cut too thin and it has been overcooked.

                                                                                                                                If you like dry, greaseless, thinnish and crisp batter, fish, Reliable consistently cooks this way (for us at least).

                                                                                                                                We don't really like this style though. So really it eliminates Reliable, Harbord and others that cook the same way.

                                                                                                                                I'd love to find a place that does fish and chips the way I remember it: chunky, moist fish, batter crisp on outside but a little bit soft on inside, slightly greasy.

                                                                                                                                Some places come close, but nobody seems to cut with the requisite "chunkiness"

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                                                                                                                                1. re: herbs go karts

                                                                                                                                  Overcooking leads to a thinner fillet, shrinking from the crust.
                                                                                                                                  I have never understood why customers don't order fried foods such as chicken, fish or seafood to be cooked until just done, but hot and steamy. Can we expect perfection without saying how we like it?
                                                                                                                                  Many fry cooks will aim for doneness by a deep golden crust, but that may be too much for the flesh inside.
                                                                                                                                  I have a made a point of ordering fish hot and steaming, but just done, and this makes quite a difference.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: jayt90

                                                                                                                                    good point jayt, but at certain shops it's not so simple - the cut just isn't as thick/chunky as it should be for my taste.

                                                                                                                                    the equivalent situation I guess would be rib eye or filet mignon consistently cut 1/2 inch thick, whereas I'd prefer at the very least 1 inch

                                                                                                                                    with cod for instance, if you want to cut good chunky pieces there's no reason not to, but if you don't want to cut it like that, you don't

                                                                                                                                    1. re: herbs go karts

                                                                                                                                      Have you tried Aunty Mary's on Scarborough Golf Club at Lawrence E (North-East corner)? I find their fish thick, with the batter crispy on the outside and slightly creamy on the inside. I like thick batter, though. Their onion rings are homemade and have a tempura-like batter. They always throw a couple on each order of fish and chips, except when they're really busy on Friday evenings. The size of the portion is huge for the price.

                                                                                                                                      I think I posted somewhere that their fries are frozen, but I think they might be hand cut, chunky style.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: herbs go karts

                                                                                                                                    I remember eating fish just the way you described it at Moose Winooskee's in Kitchener. Well at least the old version of Moose. Now it's been re-modelled and they've changed their menu somewhat. I haven't had their fish since the changes, but if it's still the same then that's where you need to go. I remember cutting into the fillet and thinking "Is this chicken or fish?" It was a thick beer battered halibut.

                                                                                                                                  3. This is a bit on the outskirts, but Scruffy Murphy's at East Mall/Dundas serves a nice fish and chips. Batter maybe a touch thick for my liking in places, but nice fresh fish and the fries are tasty as well. Not top end, but worth a visit if you're in Etobicoke.

                                                                                                                                    1. Went to British Style on Friday night - the first time we've been there in 3 years. It was so beyond greasy the last time we went that it put us off for all this time.

                                                                                                                                      Anyway, this time around ti was good. Big, thick. meaty hunk of halibut cut fresh for each order. One big piece of fish. Batter crisp on outside, soft on inside. Not a thin batter, but not a thick batter. Batter formula tastes very similar to B&B's. Slightly greasy, but we like it that way. Actually, I could easily imagine the B&B and British Style fellows being related it seems so similar.

                                                                                                                                      The french fries taste like Ottawa/Hull chip truck fries from the old days! This really surprised me and I ate all my fries before my fish! Girlfriend like's fries with the skin on, so they weren't her favourites

                                                                                                                                      1. Went to Olde York Friday night with my son (8). We were very fortunate to get a table (around 5:30pm) because by the time we left the line up was throughout the lobby, down the stairs, out the door and along the sidewalk. Get there early on a Friday evening.

                                                                                                                                        Anyway, we were not disappointed by the fish. We both had the halibut and it was large, fresh, crispy and delicious. Nice cooked, still moist, which is good considering the crowd. The rest of the meal was okay - fries were small and a little overcooked, the salad (caeser) was very fresh, but the dressing was not impressive, and the chowder tasty, but not many clam or potato pieces.

                                                                                                                                        But overall we came for the fish and that was the best I've had around town. I haven't been to all the other places mentioned but I have tried: Old Galley (Richmond Hill - not the new place yet), Penrose (okay - but I think they're relying on a long time following) and Heritage (Brampton - if it's still there; been a while).

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: OrangeNick

                                                                                                                                          Hi orangenick, Mr Millygirl and I were there also last night. It was packed, we arrived around 6:30 and yes, we had to wait a few minutes outside but luckily the line up moves fast. AND it was worth every minute of waiting. Our dinner was excellent, we wolfed it down!!! I love the fries and don't find them overcooked in the least, in fact I prefer them that way. Service was excellent, as usual. They sure know what they're doing there. The owners are lovely people too! It was a perfect way to spend the evening, after a long week....thank you Rachael!!!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: OrangeNick

                                                                                                                                            I went for my first time earlier this week... maybe on Wednesday. We got there at 6 and it was PACKED! I was surprised. Also surprised by the age of the crowd.

                                                                                                                                            I thoroughly enjoyed my fish but thought the fries were lackluster. We shared the deep fried mars bar with ice cream for dessert and it was sooooo yummy!


                                                                                                                                            1. re: wontonfm

                                                                                                                                              Hmm, I don't recall seeing mars bar on the menu wontonfm. Was this a special or something?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: millygirl

                                                                                                                                                i had read in previous threads that they had it but didn't see it on the menu so i asked. she mentioned it was a special but they didn't really advertise it for whatever reason. worth asking for the next time you go... you never know!


                                                                                                                                            2. re: OrangeNick

                                                                                                                                              The haddock there is also very good, you should give it a try next time. And I'm with Millygirl, I like the Olde Yorke fries.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: JamieK

                                                                                                                                                Me three! Finally tried Olde Yorke a couple of weeks ago on a particularly long and weary Friday. Had to wait a while for a table, but it was definitely my favorite F&C of the ones I've tried around the city. Boyfriend agreed that the fries were tasty. Good beer, too. :)

                                                                                                                                                I really wanted not to like it, because I'm generally TTC-bound, and Leaside isn't exactly an easy detour on my way home from work. That would be my only complaint, but it's hardly their fault I rarely have a car. :)

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Wahooty

                                                                                                                                                  Olde Yorke is just great. batter the right taste and thickness, acceptably fresh fish considering the location of the city. I have not been to all places mentioned on this board, but I really do not feel the need to look further...

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: shekamoo

                                                                                                                                                    I went to London style fish and chips in Eaton centre, and their fish and chips
                                                                                                                                                    is perfect. Both the fish and chips are not oily, and the oil what they use to fry the fish and chips in is fresh oil. I would go back again.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: haven

                                                                                                                                                      where is this London Style Fish & Chips in Eaton Centre exactly?? Is it in the food court near the Dundas side??

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: shekamoo

                                                                                                                                                      Can anyone advise on how to get out to Olde York via the TTC? I'm willing to make the trek for good fish and chips! Seems like it's also near the Millbree viking deli so a trip seems to be in order!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: deabot

                                                                                                                                                        Yep, they're only about one block away from each other and definitely a good combo. From either Eglinton Station or Donlands, take the 56 Leaside bus. If you're going northbound from Donlands, get off at either Esander (Olde Yorke) or Industrial (Milbree)...if you're going southbound from Eglinton, get off at either Markham (Milbree) or Lea (Olde Yorke).

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: deabot

                                                                                                                                                          Take the #56 bus from either Donlands or Eglinton station. Get off at Canvarco and walk north about a block or at Wicksteed and walk south about two blocks.

                                                                                                                                                          Olde Yorke is on the west side of Laird at Lea Ave. Milbree Viking is indeed about a block north on the east side at Markham Ave.

                                                                                                                                                          There's also a place that's been mentioned on the board that might be of interest as long as you're in the neighbourhood, although I haven't been there myself, called Grilltime, on the west side next to Starbucks, south of Olde Yorke -

                                                                                                                                                          133 Laird Dr, Toronto, ON M4G3V5, CA

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: JamieK

                                                                                                                                                            Thank you for the directions guys!-And should i ever be in the market for grilling equipment I guess I have a go to spot now! Fish and Chips here I come!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: deabot

                                                                                                                                                              not grilling equipment, as I understand it. Grilltime actually has prepared meal items ready for the grill. Also condiments and such related to grilling. I wouldn't have mentioned it if it were just about equipment.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JamieK

                                                                                                                                                                Oh sorry just took another look at the website- you are right! Kind like a take on M&M meat shops I reckon!

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Wahooty

                                                                                                                                                        Downtown; easily accessible via TTC; easily accessible via wheelchair (just in case anyone on the invite list needs that); accepts reservations for lunch and dinner; killer, crispy, properly seasoned french fries; don't know about the beer since I don't drink it, but very well-chosen wine list if that's any indication; terrific service, big portions of non-greasy fish all adds up to one place:

                                                                                                                                                        Rodney's By Bay.

                                                                                                                                                        I've been twice now and they're a solid two for two.

                                                                                                                                                        Rodney's By Bay
                                                                                                                                                        56 Temperance Street, Toronto, ON M5H 3V5, CA

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                          Dammit, Googs, how the hell am I going to fit into my bikini with you recommending fish and chips??? I've seen your raves on RBB, and I'm always up for good fish of any sort, so I think now I'm going to have to add it to my to-do list.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Wahooty

                                                                                                                                                            The Star reviewed it today. You may want to check that out too.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Went to Harbord Fish And Chips today for lunch... and it was good. they don't really have a think batter that has a crispy outer layer and then a soggy inner layer. Just a crispy layer on the outside. and fresh flaky fish on the inside. He gets the fish in whole (100lbs for the halibut) and fillets and cuts the portion sizes all by hand, also cuts the potatoes every day (keeps the skin on) blanches them then fries then a 2nd time to order.

                                                                                                                                                    the batter is plain water and flour... nothing special, but really crisps up.

                                                                                                                                                    here is a pic

                                                                                                                                                    I really liked the fries the edges were crispy and tasty.

                                                                                                                                                    I plan on visiting more (i frequent penrose and harbord is very different) and uploading more pics...

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: flying101

                                                                                                                                                      Went to Chippy's today on bloor...

                                                                                                                                                      Meh... the batter was white and tasteless, and I don't think the fish was really high quality, the fries were dark and soggy... i am guessing low temp cooking oil?


                                                                                                                                                      so far i would recommend Harbord or Penrose over these guys. also they have a salmon fish and chips? that just sounds strange to me?

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: flying101

                                                                                                                                                        wow fish and chips twice in a week, gotta admire your stamina in your search for toronto's best fish and chips. Chippy's is not really all that great, I find that Harbord's has more crunch to it but too much batter though! I'm planning on hitting up Olde Yorke or Penrose's soon.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: flying101

                                                                                                                                                          Today I was @ SLM and opted out of the back bacon sandwich and picked up some Fish N' Chips (Halibut not Boston Blue) from Buster’s Sea Cove

                                                                                                                                                          sorry for the 'artsy' photos, i had my slr with me and only the one lens...

                                                                                                                                                          from my phone: (note that is a mix of grease and vinegar, it was oily but not as much as this picture makes it look
                                                                                                                                                          This was good, but not really authentic, the fish was very tasty (and fresh), the breading/batter was very crisp (but nothing like Harbord Fish and Chips) the fries are love them or hate them type of thing, and I enjoyed them, plus vinegar in pump spray bottles very ideal.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: flying101

                                                                                                                                                            Fish n Chip search cont

                                                                                                                                                            (note don't know why, but my camera on my phone made it looked burnt, it wasn't it was fluffy and tasty... and super greasy)

                                                                                                                                                            Olde Yorke:
                                                                                                                                                            Very good fish, mushy peas not so great, fries could be better, would love for this place to get some good fries, would be perfect.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: flying101

                                                                                                                                                              On Penrose: wow looks greasy for sure but I am still planning a try there...on another note how were the chips there?

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: deabot

                                                                                                                                                                the chips are completely different from most places,
                                                                                                                                                                I forget the type of potatoes they use, but they are supper fluffy, thick cut, and full of potato flavour.

                                                                                                                                                                very different from your reg chips, and I don't find much places that have similar style.

                                                                                                                                                                they are also not as crisp as other places fries (I love crispy fries), but they are not soft and mushy either, they are hard to describe but are unique and tasty IMO

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: flying101

                                                                                                                                                            that looks like a good piece of fish to me!

                                                                                                                                                          3. re: flying101

                                                                                                                                                            I haven't had Harbord F&C in years - I used to live around the corner, and had it often then, though... That pic really brings me back... Nice pic, btw - what kind of camera do you use?
                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, I concur with your assessment of Chippy's. Also, I hate their packaging - the fries always end up soggy, and it's impossible to contain the mess. What are they thinking?

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: redearth

                                                                                                                                                              Ahh yet another post on the Fish and Chips aka the thread that never dies...... ;)

                                                                                                                                                              I finally ventured out on the 56 to Olde Yorke tonight for fish and chips-thanks to hounds for providing directions, very much appreciated. I ordered the haddock and chips and it was ...... really good! Pretty much the best chips I've had in Toronto so far, better than Chippy's, Allen's and Harbord imho. The haddock was not dried out at all, good flavor and the batter was not too thick, slightly poofy but still crispy- really just perfect and a huge portion! I think the batter is key and the portion is good for the price. The fries were a little on the soft and light side but tasty. For dessert I had the homemade apple crumble, very good oat topping and some good vanilla ice cream on the side-I'll have to ask them what brand it is next time! Service was friendly as well.

                                                                                                                                                              There was a lineup at the door when I arrived at 6:30-I suspect this place is a Leaside favourite. I was lucky to snag a seat at the bar because I was by myself but I noticed the lineup does tend to move along smoothly. Also was impressed by the decor of the place quite homey british pub style what with the leather booths and knicks knacks around the place. A moment of hilarity happened during my meal - I got stuck with a new heinz bottle and I was banging away on the bottle....the elderly gentleman sitting next to me motioned at the servers frantically and was quite vocal: 'she's having trouble getting her ketchup out!!!!'

                                                                                                                                                              Also my first trip out to Laird drive-lots of interesting places around here Cajun corner, Mikado, Marvellous Edibles, the Viking deli-a lof for one road!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: deabot

                                                                                                                                                                Here's a great tip for getting a fresh bottle of Heinz started - rather than banging on the butt end of the bottle, bang on the wrist of your hand that's holding the bottle. Much more effective!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: redearth

                                                                                                                                                                  the official Heinz trick is to hit the 57 that is imprinted on the bottle. it works like a charm.


                                                                                                                                                                2. re: deabot

                                                                                                                                                                  Glad you enjoyed your meal, deabot. As for the ketchup, I shudder! I know - everyone's taste is different. But you should give malt vinegar a try next time you have fish & chips ;->

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JamieK

                                                                                                                                                                    Ha ha I'm a non-purist for fish and chips even though I love them dearly. I even had to ask for tartar sauce.....eeeks! And I actually prefer white vinegar to malt (strange) drown the chips in white and hit them with a spot of ketchup. It was a very good meal...no more fish and chips downtown for me!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: deabot

                                                                                                                                                                      I went to highstreet fish and chips on underhill drive in scarbrough and it was ok the fish was a little thin and greasy. the chips was perfect. I enjoyed the stick toffee pudding for desset that was yummy.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: haven

                                                                                                                                                                        One of my favorite places is Golden Crisp F&C, 1354 Weston Rd. just east of Jane St.
                                                                                                                                                                        The decor is from the 70's, but fish and chips are terrific. Nice size portions, great batter and a reasonable price.
                                                                                                                                                                        I live in the Bath/Finch area and will make the drive when I crave them. I haven't heard anyone ever mention them before, but they are at the top of my list.
                                                                                                                                                                        Give them a try and let us know what you think.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: deabot

                                                                                                                                                                        So I tried British Style Fish and Chips tonight after an unsuccessful trek to Little India in pursuit of alphonso mangoes. :( (none till later this week). I had the haddock and chips and I have to say I was quite disappointed. The fish was really, really greasy, not sure if the oil had been changed in awhile. Batter is the poofy crispy on outside, somewhat soft on the inside type but really soaked in oil. Chips were not bad though. Fish piece was and portion of chips was big for $7.00.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: deabot

                                                                                                                                                                      Olde Yorke is one of my favourites. Very consistent.
                                                                                                                                                                      Olde Yorke has great staff and the only knock on them is the line-ups from time to time.
                                                                                                                                                                      There, now you have it, I have a Fish n' Chip craving.
                                                                                                                                                                      RIP Ken Kostick.

                                                                                                                                                                      Olde Yorke
                                                                                                                                                                      96 Laird Dr, Toronto, ON M4G3V3, CA

                                                                                                                                                                3. Kingsway Fish and Chip at Bloor and Royal York. If a chippy is across the street from a Catholic church and it's been there for 30 years, it's good.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. I tried a place in Richmond Hill today that's been open for years, but I've ignored until - "Bob's Fish and Chips" (Levendale Ave, between Major Mac and Elgin Mills, just west of Yonge). I'd been put off by the 'decor', which is Formica tables and straight back chairs, but after trying the Wendy's fish sandwich, and paying almost $7 for their combo, Bob's offer of halibut and chips for $6.49 seemed worth checking out.

                                                                                                                                                                    Was it ever! A reasonably large piece of fish (not quite my two hands put together) in a perfectly crisp and absolutely non-greasy batter. It was so crispy, I had to test it by putting a piece of napkin on it - most places, you get two or three tell-tale grease spots. Not here - it came away completely clean. The fries are fresh, not frozen, and while not the very best I've had, they were fine.

                                                                                                                                                                    Bob doesn't care what you put on it - he offers white and malt vinegar, lemon juice, ketchup, regular salt, and some red/orange sprinkle which I didn't try (cayenne w/ salt? I should have asked). Tartar sauce is available in little packets up front, but I found a little malt vinegar was just right with this perfect piece of fish.

                                                                                                                                                                    As I said, the decor is pedestrian beyond belief, so take-out is probably a better option. Again, the fish is so super-crisp and non-greasy, I'm sure it could take the ten or fifteen minutes to get it home with no ill effects. I realize it's way too far north for most Torontonians, but if you're in the neighbourhood, it beats all the FF options by a mile.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: KevinB

                                                                                                                                                                      $6.49 for halibut and chips???
                                                                                                                                                                      that is a steal, I am lucky to get a nice fillet of halibut for that much.

                                                                                                                                                                      I will add Bob's down on my list of Fish n Chips places...

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: KevinB

                                                                                                                                                                        Glad Bob's is still in business. It was our favourite when we lived up in Richmond Hill, and were just a two minute drive from there. Just watch out on Friday nights - even calling in your order ahead, you have to wait in line to pay. :)

                                                                                                                                                                        Of course the best part of Bob's was stopping into the bakery and middle eastern store that sells the freshest nuts in the city along with regular and exotic dried fruits... I never liked walnuts until I bought some there - not bitter at all!

                                                                                                                                                                        But the one place I miss most up in Richmond Hill is Joe's Hamburgers - not for the hamburgers but the incredible chicken souvlaki on a pita with toppings I have yet to find any place else.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: KevinB

                                                                                                                                                                          I tried Bob's a week ago. You comments are spot on. The reason it will not be on my list, is the fryers looked like they hadn't been cleaned in a long time. There was a lot of old, accumulated greasy build-up on them which put me off.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mraca

                                                                                                                                                                            I can appreciate that, but I'm from the "whatever doesn't kill me makes me stronger" school. ;}

                                                                                                                                                                            Besides, I've eaten at the Vesta Lunch. If you can get past that, Bob's is practically anti-septic!

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: KevinB

                                                                                                                                                                              I finally got around to Bob's today, it is as described, very old school.

                                                                                                                                                                              I would agree w/ mraca in that the deep fryer definitely needed to be cleaned. My halibut had an off smell to it, although taste wise it was fine. The oil definitely hasn't been changed in a while, or at least filtered after service each night.

                                                                                                                                                                              Taste/texture wise, the fish was good, although I also thought Old/New Galley was equally good. Chips weren't that great though at Bob's.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. It looks like no one here has mentioned my very favorite place for fish & chips.

                                                                                                                                                                          It's the Fry Basket on Yonge, a few blocks n. of Steeles.

                                                                                                                                                                          It serves old fashioned f & c with great fries. Also has all-day breakfast if you're interested.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: shemishka

                                                                                                                                                                            I drive by this place alll the time, its right next to midway right?
                                                                                                                                                                            I will give it a try

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: shemishka

                                                                                                                                                                              I tried to eat there last night. It was around 8PM. I thought that might be a little too late. When we got there the place was dark and closed. My father went to check their hours of operation. The latest they seem to be open is 4PM., otherwise it is 3PM. (did he see wrong). What kind of hours are those. Makes me wonder how good the f&c's are when you can only get them for lunch. I'll try again one day when I'm in the area at that time.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mraca

                                                                                                                                                                                Is it in an area with a lot of light industrial type stuff rather than residential or shopping? Businesses in those types of areas are very often focused almost entirely on the breakfast and lunch trade, and close around 3 in the afternoon.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                                                                                                                  I would understand that, but they are on Yonge St. just north of Steeles Ave. It is a very busy area. I'll get there one day.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: shemishka

                                                                                                                                                                                Went here for fish and chips earlier today, prolly one of the rare days where they're open later for Good Friday till 6pm. Disappointing. Fish batter not good - greasy, flaky, crumbly. Fish itself overcooked. However the fries were good, crispy and plentiful where you can share an order. Wanted to like this place but perhaps things have changed since 2009, or perhaps its better for breakfast as some chowhounders have said.

                                                                                                                                                                              3. Anyone going to the CNE (food building)? I'd love to know what the H.Salt Fish & Chips taste like. It brings back childhood memories of my favorite fish and chips. I'd go, but my bad knees wouldn't survive the ordeal. If anyone goes please let me/us know your thoughts.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Hey Guys,

                                                                                                                                                                                  My buddy and I actually got lost out in the south Queensway the other day and we drove right by New Toronto Fish and Chips . . . The place looked pretty busy so we decided to give it a try . . . We each ordered the 2 piece halibut and chips and we were amazed by the size and quality of the fish . . . The 2 pieces were fried to a perfect golden brown (a little greasier than some places... but in a good way if that makes sense) and the batter was perfectly crisp . . . As someone mentioned above the batter seemed a little salty (which was ok for our taste ) it just meant we went a little lighter on the salt ourselves. As for the portion size I was really impressed as the 2 pieces were quite large and thicker pieces than I have found at other fish and chip shops (I actually couldn't finish all the fries). I had asked the owner how long they had been in business and he told me 35 years . . . They've gotta being doing something right to be open that long and all I know is that we will be back!!


                                                                                                                                                                                  1. This post from 2006 keeps coming up. I should say that I have had a few too many poor experiences with Reliable over the last few years and despite truly liking the place and the owner, I have stopped going.

                                                                                                                                                                                    My business now goes to British Style at Dundas and Coxwell. Thick yet crispy batter, and soft pliable chips with crispy edges (my favourite kind).

                                                                                                                                                                                    British Style
                                                                                                                                                                                    73 Coxwell Ave, Toronto, ON M4L3B1, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Atahualpa

                                                                                                                                                                                      There are a lot of terrific fish and chip restaurants in Toronto. Viking is a great neighbourhood treat with very reasonable prices. Same owners for decades. Penrose is an old favourite too. Reliable is exactly that reliable and good. Kingsway in Etobicoke is consistently good. High Seas on Islington south of Bloor is terrific too.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Mc Nies in Etobicoke is not as good as it was decades ago, when the Mc Nies sold the business, took some years off and then opened up the terrific High Street Fish and Chips in Don Mills. The Mc Nies have learned a lot and their new one is even better than the old one.

                                                                                                                                                                                      For good Scottish Fish and Chips, St Andrews in Scarboro is very good. Unfortunately Woodgreen on Queen Street closed down a few years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Chippys I found to be too trendy, average and overrpriced. Didnt like it at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                      High Street
                                                                                                                                                                                      55 Underhill Dr, Toronto, ON M3A2J8, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                      Kingsway Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                      510 Ferguson Ave, Haileybury, ON P0J1K0, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Well the family and I found ourselves in Cambridge on Good Friday and of course fish and chips was on everyone's mind. Mother-in-law told us to try Caz's on Pinebush and Hespeler, she said it was one of the best in the city. We got there and the line up just for take out was about a 40 minute wait. I was thinking, "Man these must be good fish and chips". We got to the counter and even with the pressures of the day, the staff were friendly. The fish and the fries looked very promising i.e. large halibut filet in a golden brown crispy looking batter (almost beer batter looking) and fresh cut fries. We ordered "Caz's Best and chips" (halibut and chips) for under $11/person. From the time we got the order to the time we ate at the mother-in-law's house it must have been about 10 minutes. I tucked into my fish and chips and ... meh. I am glad we live in Toronto where we have many great fish and chip joints to choose from. The halibut was slightly overcooked; it wasn't horrible, but it wasn't making you want more. Malt and Salt on Lawson here is by far superior to what Caz's has IMHO. Even Highland Fish and Chips makes a much better order. The fries looked great, but had this starchy texture to it and lacked any distinct flavour. We were probably better off if we had ordered just the fish and went to Swiss Chalet for the fries. Caz's should send someone to Toronto to visit say, Malt and Salt and see how excellent fish and chips are done.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: scarberian

                                                                                                                                                                                        Some fish 'n chip shops can get too busy especially on Fridays from December until Easter.
                                                                                                                                                                                        I went by Jasper's on Good Friday, and the line up was out the door, with several hand written signs on the window for line control. I passed, and went to the out of the way but very good Malt 'N Salt by White's Rd., where they were busy but no line up, and friendly service. They do haddock well, and promote it as it is a sustainable Atlantic fish.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Has anyone noticed the price jump in fresh Pacific halibut this year? It's reaching $50/kg. at the fish counters, almost double previous season pricing.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Jasper Fish & Chips
                                                                                                                                                                                        1794 Liverpool Rd, Pickering, ON L1V4G7, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                        Malt N Salt
                                                                                                                                                                                        750 Oklahoma Dr, Pickering, ON L1W3G9, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                        Malt N Salt Fish & Chips
                                                                                                                                                                                        285 Lawson Rd, Toronto, ON M1C2J6, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I don't know if they're the best, but I FINALLY tried a place that I've been driving past for years... Sea Salt Fish & Chips 699 Lawrence Avenue West near the Allen. www.seasaltfishandchips.com Not fancy, friendly but kinda disorganized service, but I was delighted with the food. The fish (I got the halibut $11.45) was a tad bit greasy and when I go back, I'll definitely ask them to make the fries well-done, but otherwise excellent. light batter on the fish, good fish, homemade chips, creamy homemade coleslaw and tartar with tarragon, and best of all, the oil was fresh! They have a little patio and they're also licensed... $4.50 for a beer. Oh yeah, and WAY better than Penrose on Mount Pleasant which is often packed.