November 1, 2013 — Montréal’s buzzing restaurant scene is influenced by the culinary traditions of 120 cultural communities that make up its DNA. Great Britain has inspired many local chefs who cook up their own versions of the Brit’s most quintessential dish: the fish and chips. From Old Montréal to downtown and beyond, here is a selection of hot spots where you’ll find the British staple.
Located in Old Montréal, Brit & Chips is styled after the traditional British chipper. The menu was created by a team of Montréal’s pre-eminent experts in English cuisine and features several different kinds of fish, each with its own distinctive batter (Orange Crush or maple syrup batter to name but a few). If you’re the type of foodie who’s into a rustic-chic tavern atmosphere, sample the big portions of house beer battered cod at Taverne Gaspar, a cozy eatery that specializes in comfort food inspired by British gastro pubs.
For an Irish take on fish and chips, make your way to McKibbin’s Irish Pub in the heart of downtown Montréal. Served in a relaxed setting, their beer-battered cod fillets are excellent when washed down with a pint of Irish beer. Nostalgic foodies will want to try Deville Dinerbar, a retro design restaurant reminiscent of the American diners of yesteryear, with an urban downtown feel. The crispy fish comes in a bun with pickled onions and malt vinegar sauce on the side. The perfect sandwich!
In the historic working class neighbourhood of Griffintown, the Burgundy Lion is a go-to spot for fantastic fish and chips. Made with fleshy, juicy, generous pieces of fish, the signature dish in this modern English pub is popular - with good reason!