BC’s highly anticipated spot prawn season kicked off last week so off we headed this past weekend to Steveston fishing village in search of these sweet crustaceans. Sadly, we arrived too late and could only watch as the fisherman sold his last few pounds of spot prawns to someone else! Since the commercial season started two days earlier local supplies were low. As a consolation, we decided to go for fish and chips at Pajo’s. I’ve read that Pajo’s is one of the best places in Steveston for fish and chips so it seemed like a good choice.
With the sun shining and Pajo’s location on its own waterside dock, this seemed the perfect destination for lunch. The place was bustling and we had to wait in line for 20 minutes before being served. We ordered one small portion of cod and chips ($9.99) and one large portion ($12.99) with the intent to share.
At first glance it looked really good. The fish and chips came wrapped in a paper cone, which reminded me of the way it is served back home in Scotland. However the meal was very disappointing. The chips were mushy and inadequately seasoned. The fish batter was soggy, not crunchy so it slid right off. Clearly their deep fryer wasn’t hot enough.
Not surprisingly we were dissatisfied with our meal. We decided that the fish and chips at the concession stands at Kitsilano Beach or Spanish Banks are superior to Pajo’s. The batter is crunchy and the fries are crispy. And if you pay a little extra, the best fish and chips in Vancouver can be found at Go Fish opposite Granville Island. The batter is made with Granville Island beer which is especially tasty and the fish is always cooked to perfection.
Pajo’s is overrated and we won’t be back.