I think it’s safe to say that business at Brit & Chips is going well, really, really well. The original spot in Old Montreal is always abuzz whenever I pass by, and in due time the same is expected for the recently opened site in Côte-des-Neiges. Why? Fish n' chips in all their deep-fried glory complete with a casual tone and affordable prices speak to people, you know?
To start, I nibbled on Tandoori Popcorn Shrimp ($6.00). I couldn’t really tell I was eating shrimp since the batter, speckled with warm spices, was overpowering. But, these tasty fried little nuggets were still good, especially with a squeeze of lemon and tartar sauce.
They’ve got a modest selection of fish, but it’s just right for this type of establishment. Just fish (2 pieces) costs $9.75, n’chips $11.50. Choosing really comes down to the batter, each one interesting and unique. I was tempted by one laced with maple syrup and another fused with orange crush, but I went with a boozy burgundy batter paired with cod. The fish itself, white and mild, was very tender but bland. However, the thick, salty coating did more than compensate for it. Fried to a gorgeous shade of brown, it crunched when pierced like music to my ears, each forkful a greasy bite that hit the spot. Served with was a generous handful of golden fries (chips), steamy and plush inside. Malt vinegar, mayo and ketchup were within reach, but a wedge of lemon and the tiny tub of creamy, tangy tartar sauce were all I needed – they made everything taste better! Felt a warm feeling spread across my heart, more likely from the heaviness of it all, but let’s just say it’s because I liked it a lot.
Low-key place. No doubt a popular spot to refuel. Inside, open kitchen with the smell of fish n’ chips sizzling in a pool of oil, countertops all around and chairs tucked underneath. Outside, a little terrace for when the sunny weather calls. True at both locations. Service was fast and efficient. Prices are fair. Food was simple and delicious. I don’t know how they do it in the U.K., but I’m really pleased with Brit & Chips. Oily yes, not for every day, but to indulge in fatty pub grub every now and then is good for the soul. Why argue with that?
Brit & Chips
5536 Côte-des-Neiges | map