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chilibeanpaste May 19, 2013 07:02 AM

Years ago I ate at this restaurant in Dartmouth and my interest was recently piqued when I heard their fish & chips were voted the best in the country. Well the hype has obviously spread like wildfire, on Thursday there was standing room only. The fries, well they're frozen not homemade. The fish looks good enough but alas the batter was only partially cooked and there is nothing worse than that. I happen to spy a lady nearby cutting open her piece of fish and the same thing but she seemed oblivious.

Back to The Battered Fish from now on, their fish is miraculous, simply unbelievably moist.

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    CanadaGirl May 19, 2013 04:21 PM

    I too love The Battered Fish. We've never been disappointed, and I LOVE their signature sauce. It takes great restraint to eat there less often than we would like!

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      HalifaxRetales May 22, 2013 06:31 AM

      John's is overrated

      myself I am devotee to Phil's
      used like Fries & Co but since ownership changed it is terrible

      I've yet to try it myself but have many that are devotee's to Freddies in Bayers Lake

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        existential_crisis Jun 25, 2013 08:58 AM

        I've just started doing a "fish 'n' chips quest" for my blog, and John's was my first stop. I like the overall experience, but the fish itself was over-cooked, frozen fries, and packaged tartar sauce. The clams are pretty great though. My last stop was Willman's, and they did a great version. My next stops are Phil's and Battered Fish.

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          ciao59chow Aug 4, 2013 08:52 PM

          was just in Halifax last week. Went to both John's and then Fredie's Fantastic 2 days later. My vote is for Fredie's. Their batter was lighter, and the pieces a little bigger... But both were great.
          The poutine was better at John's & the crowd was bigger there. Now I wish I'd known about the Battered Fish...

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            chilibeanpaste Sep 1, 2013 07:08 AM

            The size of the fish pieces is definitely getting smaller at The Battered (& Shrinking) Fish.

            Went to Wilman's, the first time since remodelling (and new owner?) and was surprised at the turnaround for the better.

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              GeminiGuy Nov 27, 2013 09:00 AM

              Last time I went to Fries & co I really enjoyed it...bigger pieces of fish, nice gravy and a really nice Asian server. I like the new Fries & Co........I don't judge a place after just one meal, even the best place on Earth has a bad day once in awhile.

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                chilibeanpaste Dec 19, 2013 11:02 AM

                I have just been reading over the responses. Phil's no doubt has very fine fish, in fact excellent in big letters but I really consider it more like pan-fried than a classic fish & chips experience. When we last ate at The Battered Fish before it closed for the winter the fish sizing was back to normal, my previous complaint was probably just a one time experience.

                re: John's - seeing the uncooked "pancake-ish" batter pouring out from under the crisp exterior was enough to end any thoughts of a return.

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                  existential_crisis Dec 19, 2013 11:29 AM

                  This past summer I went to Willman's, John's Lunch, Phil's, Battered Fish, Fries & Co., and Evans. My pick is Evans. So fresh and delicious. The only thing is that the batter is not traditional English style. For that, my vote goes to the Battered Fish or Willman's. Fries & Co. was too greasy, didn't taste fresh, and the coleslaw was soupy. I'm hoping to get out to Freddie's Fantastic Fish House, Acadian, Wharf Wraps, Hella's and Mic Mac Tavern for more comparison.

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