I thought I would kick off the OTW food diary with a review of my new favourite fish n' chips joint! It is a small food 'truck' situated in the heart of downtown Victoria, BC. Red Fish Blue Fish may look like just another food truck trying to make gain out of passers-by but they are much more than that. Their blue cargo container hidden from those at street level whip up the freshest dishes - fish n' chips, tacos, burgers, grilled seafood (fish, oyster, scallop), etc.
I heard about Red Fish Blue Fish via You Gotta Eat Here on Food Network. If it looks good, if people say it's a candidate for the 'best' and if it's close, you know I am going to want to give it a try. Luckily, today my parents and I brought my aunt from the Philippines to the island.
After taking a long but nice stroll inside The Butchart Gardens, we were tired and hungry. I knew exactly where I wanted to go! Red Fish Blue Fish is located down Wharf St - about a fifteen minute walk from the Parliament.
The line up was long and everyone knows that's a good sign!
For a spring day, today was a bit chilly. So, soup was something we wanted and needed. We ordered the Pacific Rim Chowder (chipotle coconut, sweet corn with sweet garlic'd Pacific white fish confit). We expected them to have New England clam chowder but this was even better! It was new and lovely to the palate.
We all got fish n' chips of course! Pictured below are two pieces of cod fish n' chips that look like chicken thighs. This was my mom and aunts'. I ordered a piece of cod n' chips, which was a lot bigger than my paper plate. Papa got halibut. Unlike other places, the breading wasn't thick nor salty. The fish tasted fresh - important! On chips: Although still plenty, I like how there wasn't too much. Woohoo, plus points! No one wants all chips and a tiny fish in a thick bland batter. Thanks for giving us what's worth our buck. The slaw could be a little more tasty though.
I also got one piece of Grilled Fanny Bay Oyster tacone! You know, because the TV show sort of told me to... Fine, I was starving. The slaw, the shoots, and the lemon pickled onions? Ohhh man, so good. The oysters were not scary big and were juicy and charred all over. Papa tried the Spicy Fish poutine and I am so happy he did. Look at it! Doesn't that look craaaazyyy good? After my first bite all I could think of was 'are you kidding me?!' Who knew fish poutine was a thing and worked?!
And of course I had to try their Mushy Edamame, their own take on mushy peas! It complemented everything so well. It was good. It was so good I wanted to lick the bottom of the paper cup. But people were looking. Are you hungry yet? I know I am!
It would be an exaggeration if I said that if my life depended on a fish n' chips joint, it would be this. I guess what I'm saying is that they're good. They're worth it. If ever you are in Victoria, head to the wharf and bask under the sun (or not) with your noms. Everything is priced just right. You get what you pay for, in my opinion.
Did I mention they are 100% Ocean Wise?
By the way, this is the view you get. See yachts, water taxis and sea planes come and go! Watch out for seagulls and crows though. They won't come near you unless you throw them a fry or if you secretly speak bird or something.
The verdict? I give this place 4.5/5 stars. You know how it works; it's either a hit or miss. This was a total hit. My only complain? I wish I had a bigger stomach!
Red Fish Blue Fish
1006 Wharf St. , Victoria, BC
Open 7 days a week 11:30 am - 6:30 pm