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Deep Blue Fish and Chips (Danforth/Broadview)

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After reading Steven Davey's glowing 5-N review, I had to check it out. Got the recommended Jerk Cod with sweet potato fries, coleslaw, and some sort of fruity dipping sauce.

First, the food.

The fish itself was probably the best part, although the batter's deep brown colour was a bit strange. Apparently they don't use conventional flours? Either way, I went with it. The cod was moist and flaky with subtle spicing, which I consider good, since it didn't overwhelm the flavour of the fish. The batter was a bit chewier than what I'm used to, but it also wasn't offensive. Near impossible to eat with a fork and knife, however, so I gave up and ate out of hand. The sides were pretty rough -- a mound of overcooked, twig-like sweet potato fries and limp, flavourless coleslaw that had small bits of tropical fruit thrown in for the sake of novelty. If it weren't for the interesting take on fish, I might not have returned.

Next, the service. Haha.

I went in around an hour before closing, so there were few people inside. The only people working the front were a fry cook and a server/cashier. The server was hilarious, mainly because I can't remember the last time I've encountered someone who was so transparent in her callousness while on the job. It was all there: sarcasm, resentful body language, and of course, complete inattentiveness. I actually thought the place was cafeteria-style when I walked in, since she was in no hurry to check on the guests, or seat me, or do much of anything to make me feel welcome. Real casual. It's like we were sworn enemies and I never knew it until now. Judging by my description, you'd think we'd be speaking of someone in their 50s or 60s -- nope. I doubt she was a week past 20.

In the end, I got everything I wanted, and was in no real hurry, but I couldn't help but marvel at how brash and confrontational she would be with every poor soul that walked in after me. Thankfully, I had a sense of humour about it, but if she's been at all consistent in her behaviour, I bet there's a ton of people who won't be coming back.

The bill came out to $9.50 or so (with a can of pop), which would have been great had the sides not been worthless. I'll check these guys out again, just to see how some other items fare. And also, to watch that scornful server in action. Jesus.

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  1. The big question I have is - do they have halibut? I will be in the neighborhood over the weekend and would be willing to make a detour for a good battered halibut :)

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    1. re: Apple

      I actually can't recall, but I would assume so. They had a small visible display of fish near the front counter, with at least three to four varieties inside.

      1. re: Apple

        Yes, they do have halibut. As one of the sets, it's the classic English one with fries, tartar sauce, and green pea hummus, but you can choose your fish and batter. I had it on Tuesday and it was fairly good -- flaky interior and crisp golden-brown battered exterior.

        1. re: lsk

          Oh lovely. Heart attack on a Saturday afternoon. Thanks. Looking forward to it.

      2. Here's the link to other recent thread with all the other Deep Blue reviews! ;)

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/432199

        1. And here's a place link -

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          Deep Blue
          749 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K2P6, CA

          1. I didn't know there was a review. I walked past it tonight and saw a slew of people waiting for food. Obviously very popular already. Hopefully this will stay open, unlike the Caribbean place a while back that also got good reviews.

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            1. re: merlot143

              The first couple of times we tried that Caribbean place, it was very good, if not up to the standard the review promised. But, over time, the food became blah and the service worse. They deserved to fail.

            2. Went there last night (saturday) at around 8PM and it was packed. We had to wait about 10mins for a table. They were also doing A TON of takeout business.

              I had the jerk battered fish + sweet potato fries + coleslaw. I think they are getting into the groove because my meal was actually very good. The fish was nicely seasoned and the server mentioned that it isn't spicy and offered to bring me some hot sauce with my order if I wanted more heat. I thought this was a great touch since a lot of people on these boards have been complaining about the lack of heat.

              The sweet potato fries were crisp and perfect. Not soggy or greasy at all.

              The coleslaw was OK. It wasn't bad but it wasn't amazing. It hit the spot though as I love the sweet/sour combination... I also have a weak spot for mangoes.

              My tablemates had the traditional halibut. I also enjoyed this. One of my tablemates wasn't fond of the mean because she likes her fish crispy... but I think the crispy vs. chewier is more a matter of preference. The fries were good and fresh. The green pea hummus was OK. I would have been happy with just a coleslaw. Also really enjoyed the tartar sauce.

              Loved the added touch of the vinegar in a spray bottle.

              I don't live in the neighbourhood but if I did it would be in my regular rotation. I'll visit again but not in a major rush... it's off my beaten path.