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Oct 20, 2011 05:43 PM

Off the Hook

Anyone been yet?

I was walking by this evening and the place was packed!!! I mean packed!!!
It's already on my list but wondering if anyone has been?

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  1. I have been. I was unimpressed. Its food for stoners. Cheap ridiculously large poutines topped with chedder cheese. Amateur menu that requires lots of explanation. Batter on the fish was dense and greasy. Blah. I noticed it was busy again tonight BTW. I think the owners have lots of friends. EDIT: When we were there it was almost empty but for a table that was clearly friends with the employees. Our food was served luke warm to cold. We watched the employees taking shots at the bar.

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    1. re: haggisdragon

      Yikes sounds exactly like a place to stay clear of but I must admit I'm curious. I happened to see an order being cooked while walking by and from what I could tell (LOL) it looked good. But hey it was almost 7 pm and I was starving.

      Side note - We would have maybe gone in except that we had just picked up a fat ass BBQ chicken from the Friendly Butcher to enjoy at home. And man, did we ever enjoy that bird. It was deelish.

      1. re: haggisdragon

        Ha! When I read the reviews on yelp, I definitely had pause and thought, "These reviews sound like they were written by friends...." Written in the same style, with the same emphasis on the same "amazing" things. Can't wait to read more reviews on here!

      2. I had a very different experience than haggisdragon, and for the record, I am not a "friend" of the owner. First of all, I am not sure why anyone would want to order poutine in a fish and chip place, but as for the f/c, I found the batter crisp and ungreasy, and I liked the idea of organic and gluten free options, as well as the different types of fish available, some of which you don't often or ever see like red snapper, and some interesting sauces, not just tartar. I selected the curry sauce which was interesting and a nice change up from tartar, but not sure if it was the best choice for the fish (halibut) that I chose. Can't remember how the fries or cole slaw was, but obviously not memorable enough to comment. However, I think the fish and chips were solid, especially compared to other choices in this city. And you gotta love the name. Curiously, the predecessor restaurant was another fish and chips place called Deep Blue Sea, which didn't last long but was good as well. Hopefully this will last a little longer, nice addition to that part of Danforth and Broadview in my opinion.

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        1. re: soko

          Poutine is featured prominently on their menu with about half a dozen different choices.

          1. re: soko

            Sorry soko but IMHO Deep Blue Sea was horrible. I was surprised they lasted as long as they did!

            1. re: millygirl

              Crap! Why didn't I trust my instincts and haggisdragon's review. I let curiousity get the better of me. This place stinks!

              Let me see what bothered me more - the attitude of the punk waitress serving us or the fact that between serving us with her 'tude she was a.) picking her teeth and b.) trying out new hairstyles in front of the mirrored wall? I kid you not. This really did happen.

              The cooks/owners or whatever kept going in and out for smokes, handling paper, handling food, talking with their friends.

              Our order got screwed up. Mr Millygirl was given cajun fries instead of regular but honestly we were just so put off by the experience we didn't even bother to speak up. Hell even our bill was screwed up. As was the couple that paid just before us. Dumb ass waitress. I am not usually this hard on people but this girl was just plain miserable. Whoever thought she would be good for business has their ass in a deep fryer.

              The place is a total disaster and if it makes 12 months I will be amazed.

              Having said that the fish itself wasn't too bad but everything else was a zero. Definitely not worth the aggravation factor.

              Stay away peeps. Haggisdragon is dead on.

              1. re: millygirl

                Millygirl said: "Stay away peeps. Haggisdragon is dead on."

                You mean it's food for stoners? :-)

                And the waitress was picking her teeth with what? Her fingers, and then serving people? I would have run out of there...

                1. re: millygirl

                  Thanks for the warning/review

                  Did you leave a tip?


                  1. re: millygirl

                    Again, different from my experience, food was good, not great, but comparable or better to other fish and chips place, service was adequate. Maybe it's deteriorated since I went which was shortly after it opened. However, I am curious now, I've had several people in the neighbourhood tell me they enjoyed their meal there, so as I live right around the corner will try once more and see what happens. If any of the service issues both millygirl and haggisdragon experienced occurs, I will certainly speak up and see what kind of response I get. Will report back.

                    1. re: soko

                      Yup, whenever I walk by the place is packed.

              2. I came here last weekend and actually really enjoyed the fish - the sea bass was great! Nice crisp batter which didn't taste greasy and the fish was incredibly moist and flakey. We also got fries and onion rings - both of which were just okay.

                As for the service, I had no issues whatsoever. Our server was really attentive and I have a feeling he might have been the owner since he seemed to really care about what his customers thought - coming around to all the tables ensuring everything was okay.

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                1. re: wherejessate

                  I agree with @wherejessate -- I had the classic halibut with organic batter and regular fries. The fish was fresh, batter was crisp, it was not over flavoured so that I could taste the fish very clearly, the house tartar sauce was very nice and traditional, and the fries were cooked correctly. I'd say this place beats the fish+chips from Queen+Beaver and so far is the best I've had in Toronto.

                  1. re: mgualt

                    I just had dinner at Off The Hook and really enjoyed the food, right down to the deep fried Mars bar. The service was decent and attentive... nothing like what millygirl described. I'll definitely be back when I'm craving a good fish and chips.

                2. I don't understand all the bad reviews for this restaurant. I was Yelp and no one had anything bad to say about this restaurant. As person who is gluten free I was very excited to find a place that serves gf fish and chips. And, trust me, I will tell you if any gf food sucks! I loved this place. I found the gf batter to be light and non greasy and the halibut yummy. The fries were great too, the coleslaw average. The portions were huge too! My only complaint is that they do not serve hot beverages, I really wanted a tea! I will be back.

                  1. I've been twice now and had good meals both time. Had halibut the first time and sea bass the second; the fish was impeccably fresh both times but I did find the sea bass a little bit greasy. I like the variety of sauces and the sweet potato fries are really delicious.

                    Both times service was quick, friendly, and there were no bill issues in spite of the fact that we split the bill with another couple the second time. It's basically around the corner from me so I'll probably be back soon!

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                    1. re: petra_reuter

                      According to my hairdresser and her crew - right across the street from the fish and chip shop : the quality and the service depends on the day and there is no telling which is a good day.
                      My hairdresser usually has the pulse of the neighbourhood as she and her staff talk to everyone in her shop.

                      1. re: MorseCat

                        Interesting. Well, hopefully they get more consistent with both service and food. We were waited on by two different guys the nights we were there. They were equally friendly and attentive.

                      2. re: petra_reuter

                        If you want to try some haddock and chips, Globe Bistro has a great fish and chips plate for $15, which my wife enjoys and I usually try a bit of. Last Friday she ordered the fish, and I ordered the steak frites from this menu:


                        1. re: foodyDudey

                          Globe bistro. What is Sunday brunch like? Crowded, waiting lines? or walk in and sit down.

                          1. re: Herne

                            I don't know, as I never go for Sunday Brunch. But I do go for dinner, when bottles of wine are 1/2 price. I did have brunch a few times but it was over 2 years ago.

                            My guess is that you won't have much of a wait. You can always call and ask.