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CHEF PRASAD Feb 7, 2007 10:16 AM

does anyone know of another fish & chip joint that can compete with penrose?

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    tj2007 May 1, 2009 05:15 PM

    Just went to British Style again today. Gotta say I love that place. Great fish and the chips were done perfectly. My husband felt the batter was a bit heavy for his liking, and spoke to the chef who said he would be happy to do light batter. Ask and ye shall receive. Love it! My only wish - homemade tartar sauce...

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      haven Apr 30, 2009 12:56 PM

      Old York F&C in toronto the fish is fresh, and the batter on the fish is perfect. I like this F&C shop because the food is not oily.

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      1. re: haven
        jamesm Apr 30, 2009 01:21 PM

        Has anyone had the fish and chips from the place near Howard Park and Roncesvalles?

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          Atahualpa Apr 30, 2009 09:52 PM

          Old York's chips kinda suck though and I'm not a particular fan of the batter – it is simply too crisp/crunchy.

          NB I last had Old York just about 1 year ago. Things change take my report for what it is.

          1. re: Atahualpa
            millygirl May 1, 2009 03:41 AM

            Atahualpa, you're missing out....you should give Olde York another chance. On second thought don't, the lineups are staggering, why make it even worse for us!

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              Atahualpa May 1, 2009 06:27 AM

              Oh, I have given them about a dozen chance in the years since they opened. Don't get me wrong, Old York has always been good. Probably in the top 5 in the city that I've tried.

              But, I like both Reliable (for fish -- still awful chips) and British Style (stunning chips and very nice fish -- can be a bit greasy and it has gone downhill a little since Ali sold up) better still and both are cheeper (for what you get).

              1. re: millygirl
                Snarf May 1, 2009 07:02 PM

                The trick to Olde Yorke is to give your order for takeout, then tell them you'll be at the bar. You can have a nice relaxing pint, and they'll bring it to you when you're ready. Generally no lineup to sit at the bar.

          2. Kagemusha Apr 26, 2009 11:01 AM

            My local joint is Queen's Fish and Chips in Streetsville: fresh fish, fresh spuds, expert frying, utterly low-key decor, family-run. Great halibut and nice batter. I sometimes pack my own Ponzu and Sriracha but they're OK with such heresy.

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              Greyben Apr 26, 2009 10:55 AM

              Any place that doesn't use McCain's fries and Captain Highliner fish sticks can compete. I went there after seeing one of those CFTO "My Toronto Is..." spots. The fish and chips I had was no worse but no better than any other F&C. I guess my expectations were heightened after seeing the TV spots often.

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              1. re: Greyben
                JamieK Apr 26, 2009 02:24 PM

                There are already a couple of current alive and lively threads about fish & chips without having to resurrect one from two years ago. Here's one -

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                salondeparis Feb 13, 2007 09:08 AM


                1. Finnegan Feb 12, 2007 12:58 PM

                  Sometimes you get a craving for something nice and crispy and a little greasy...forget Penrose and Duckworths...they're coasting on reputation from about 15 years ago...Try British Fish and Chips on Coxwell and Dundas (across the street from the Police Station) ...get 'em to go and eat 'em in the park just south on Dundas...you can thank me later

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                    Brain of J Feb 13, 2007 09:06 AM

                    "Coasting on reputation"? What are these fine F&C shops doing differently now? No complaints about British F&C, they serve up some tasty grub, but I don't need the green dye on my fish on St. Paddy''s Day. :-)

                  2. Brain of J Feb 7, 2007 10:45 AM

                    Not necessarily any better, but certainly on par is High Street Fish and Chips located at 55 Underhill Drive. Just north of Lawrence, east of the DVP. Excellent!

                    1. Trice Feb 7, 2007 10:18 AM

                      There are a couple of threads about that I think...
                      Here's one..

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