Red Fish Blue Fish Review
Fish & Chips can be found everywhere in Victoria, especially near the wharf. So there must be something that makes Red Fish Blue Fish so special that people line up for it on a cold afternoon with a slight drizzle. Mr. H and I were determined to find out.
We got there 15 minutes before they opened, snapped a few pictures and studied their menu while a line up started to form behind us.
Red fish blue fish looks like a food cart built out of a cargo container, only they don’t drive off at the end of the day.
There is a roofed area that seats about 20, perfect for the slight rain we had that day. Otherwise, a lot of people also set their food on wooden railings of the pier to eat. Although there was a roof, it was a really chilly day, which I guess made their hot food seem all the more comforting!
A little glitch while we were there: they kept calling out an order for “Debbie”. Turns out they got the wrong name and the food ended up staying at the pickup window for a good 10 minutes, although the person that actually placed the order was told no, it’s not theirs a couple times. But in the end, no major harm done, they made another fresh order for the real “Debbie”.
Red Fish Blue Fish is an environmentally conscious place. Not only do they have posters talking about their participation in the Ocean Wise program, they also set up recycling and garbage bins to encourage better disposal practices.
Pacific Rim Chowder (12oz) ($5) – 4.5/5
Chipotle Coconut, Sweet Corn with Sweet Garlic’d Pacific White Fish Confit
Despite the chowder’s consistency being a little watery, we found it creamy and flavourful. It had a mild spiciness to it from the chipotle. The chowder had fish, corn, carrots, celery, pineapples with a sprinkle of dehydrated fish chips on top. I found the sweetness of the pineapples to compliment the creamy coconut flavours very well.
The Red Fish Blue Fish BLT ($10) – 2.5/5
Belly Bacon (Smoked Albacore Tuna Belly), Romaine Hearts, Tomato, Tartar Sauce
The BLT was disappointing unfortunately. The bread was burnt to the point where it was bitter with every bite which made it hard to taste anything else inside.
The smoked tuna belly was quite flavorful when I tried it on its own but if I had to choose, Fol Epi does a better job with their Smoked Tuna Sandwich.
The sandwich came with a slaw, just like the fish & chips did, see below for my comments on it.
Wild Pacific Fish (Halibut) & Chips ($14) – 5/5
Oh gosh this is good, like, really good. No wonder they have lines up like this!
I confess that I don’t eat fish and chips every week but this is the best I’ve had so far. The batter was so light and the fish was sooooo moist. It was absolutely not oily at all and although it is on the pricey side, their portion is generous. The first picture what I got from ordering the 1 piece halibut.
The fish comes with fries and a slaw. The fries are well salt and peppered, crispy with a soft center. The cabbage slaw was crunchy and deliciously dressed, I really liked the sunflower seeds scattered in the slaw that added a nuttiness to it.
Qualicum Bay Scallop Tacone ($7.5) – 4.5/5
Grilled Flour Tortilla, Slaw, Pea Shoots, Lemon Pickled Onions, Million Island Dressing
Next we tried the scallop tacone. It’s rather pricey but I completely understood after counting the five large scallops sitting inside the tortilla.
I wasn’t a fan of the tortilla because it was a little too chewy, but the scallops were cooked perfectly. Inside was their million island dressing, some tangy pickled onions and their crunchy slaw. All the flavours an textures worked really well together.
All in all, pricey but really good food with exceptional ingredients. Their line ups are well-justified!