On reading some of the reviews here I find myself scratching my head in bewilderment. What frustrates me is, if the critics here actually believe the glowing reports they are writing then it goes a long way to explaining why the standard of food, service and cleanliness in these smaller family style restaurants continues to be deplorable.
I’ve passed Brady’s Fish and Chip shop in Victoria for years and finally decided to visit yesterday. I expect it’s changed hands because, despite good reports in the past, our visit from the outset was unacceptable.
When I enter a restaurant, particularly one that is deserted at 5:00pm on a Saturday evening, I don’t expect to be greeted by two or three cluttered tables, spray-cleaner bottle on a table and a filthy dishrag used to “clean” off the tables on another. The floor is dirty and overall there is an atmosphere of stark 70’s decay about the place.
Two of us ordered two pieces of cod and chips, and two teas. The cost: a ridiculous $36.54.
Regardless of cost, the fish batter was overcooked, hard and crunchy. The cod itself was mush with the consistency reminiscent of Sea Urchin. The microwaved buns were doughy but the tea was fine and hot despite being delivered in a teapot with a hole on top? (Hot tea should be served in a teapot with a lid not a gaping hole where the lid should be.) The fries were crisp and acceptable (I was told they were "delivered" daily) but why the packaged Kraft tartar sauce? Can anyone tell me why so many fish restaurant owners can’t make their own delicious tangy tartar sauce and Cole slaw? It’s really quite simple. On a personal note our waitress said she likes Kraft tartar sauce.
If somebody scrubs this place, dumps the gaudy plastic furnishings, creates some atmosphere reminiscent of the old-style British fish and chip shops, rolls up their sleeves and gets cooking, this has possibilities. But sadly I sense the spirit has left.
This is Victoria after all, hanging on valiantly to what's left of its "British" image. Let’s not kill the goose that’s been laying the golden eggs for years. Daily it’s heading toward extinction. Calling this a Fish & Chip shop doesn't help.
Long story short I shall continue my quest to find a decent fish and chip shop in Victoria. They can’t all have disappeared…or could they? Somebody let me know if you find one. Thanks.
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