dave’s fish and chips & timothy’s frozen yogurt
Went to Steveston to take some photos since it was warm and sunny and all-around awesome. Gotta get some vitamin D before the Lower Mainland swings back to rain, as it always does. I was there up till dinner time, so I decided to grab fish and chips. Now, I know that every single restaurant in Steveston that serves anything remotely resembling fish and chips calls themselves the “#1 fish and chips in Steveston”, and I haven’t gotten around to trying all of them, so I can’t be entirely authoritative here. In any case, I think Dave’s Fish and Chips serves up some pretty good fish and chips, better than what I usually get from Cockney Kings (because there’s one not too far from where I live).
I got a Halibut and Chips, as I usually do at fish and chips shops, because I like the firmer texture of halibut. I find that slippery cod is liable to exaggerate the inevitable oiliness that deep-frying gives the batter, whereas halibut’s meatiness counteracts any greasy mouth feel. Dave’s batter is a bit on the thick side, but is very crisp and not soggy. It also seems like there isn’t a whole lot of excess oil here; obviously, as it’s deep-fried, there is going to be some grease, but it’s not excessive in this case. Furthermore, the batter sticks to the fish, which is a plus. I find it really gross when the fish sort of slips out of the batter: you’re doing it wrong. The coleslaw was nice and crunchy, though a bit flavourless, with none of the horseradish bite that I’ve come to associate with fish and chips coleslaw. Speaking of chips, these ones were good and cooked properly; none of the soft held-together-mashed-potato quality that isn’t uncommon in fish and chips. These were actually crunchy on the outside and potatoey on the inside.
After dinner, I dropped by Timothy’s Frozen Yogurt for a spot of dessert. Timothy’s is pretty famous for their frozen yogurt, I’d say: I’ve seen lines going out the door in the summertime. Their waffle cones are made in-house (I saw a guy making them in the back). I take in-house production as a sign of quality, or at the very least, a sign that an establishment will put enough effort into their product to handcraft it. Oh wait, that’s quality, right? In any case, this isn’t the same kind of frozen yogurt that is available at, say, Qoola. There aren’t any fancy toppings or anything; just a plain block of yogurt that goes into a machine with some fruit and produces fresh made-to-order frozen yogurt. This is mango flavour, which didn’t taste all that mango-y to me, actually, but I also tried the blackberry, and I could really taste blackberry (and seeds thereof). Only one complaint here: sometimes the machine will inject a bit of the previous flavour into your frozen yogurt. As you can see, there are some flecks of whatever purple yogurt was made before mine, in the picture above.
To end the post, here are some pictures I took while out and about on the boardwalk.