Montgomery’s Fish & Chips
I found myself in North Vancouver for a couple of days in a row, on some personal errands, and because I was so close to Lonsdale Quay I thought I would give the food court some business. Remembering that I had eaten some pretty good, if memorably pricey, fish and chips from one of the stalls several years back, I set forth on a brisk downhill jaunt intent on feeding spontaneous need.
What dragons have to do with fish and chips I’ll never know, but thankful that the kiosk was still running I sidled up to the counter to review the compressed menu. What is offered here is no surprise; the standard cod and halibut filets with fries as well as a few other niceties like deep fried oysters for those who are looking to spice up their battered meals. In the mood for a straightforward fix to my fish and chip cravings, I stuck to a few piece of cod with chips and patiently awaited my hedonistic indulgence. Standing a few paces back I could still make out a younger cook at work deep frying my order.
Settling into a corner table in the food court, in full view of Burrard Inlet on a sunny day, I took stock of my meal. At first I was a little malcontent at the amount of fish I was offered. The three pieces (pictured per cardboard plate) were a little on the thin side. My personal experience has conditioned me to expect thicker, more robust filets of cod, which offer themselves to moister, more succulent fish flesh, when paying slightly higher than average prices. The cod was, however, nicely coated with a thin, light and crisp batter that lent itself to a nicely cooked piece of fish. Not too greasy and brightly tangy with a spritz of the lemon wedge served on top, the cod pieces did satisfy my cravings. Three filets did end up being just enough to fill me up when factoring in the generous mound of fresh fries that help to keep the fish warm and crispy to the very last bite. One more point of contention would probably be the meager amount of tartar sauce that is provided with each serving. Being a little wallet sore over the price, I didn’t opt to pay for more dipping sauce, but fully regretted afterwards as two pats of the tangy dressing just isn’t enough to go the distance.
Earlier, while paying and awaiting my order, I got the opportunity to chat up the owner of Montgomery’s. From what I gathered the, rather friendly, gentleman had owned the business since its inception a long time ago and was looking to perhaps retire and sell it, even jovially offering me “the first crack at a great money maker”. After a moment the man became more somber and reiterated that he probably would be selling or ending the business in the coming years, which is perhaps slightly saddening for such a long standing establishment. Regardless of my slightly negative spin on the food offered here, I quite enjoyed my meal whilst boat and people watching on an unusually sunny day. If you are a fan of fish and chips or just find yourself in the area, I recommend you give Montgomery’s a try. It may not be there for long!
Montgomery’s Fish & Chips (Located in the food court)
123 Carrie Cates Crt
North Vancouver, B.C.