Recently I have been working with a newly opened fish shop on Main St here in Vancouver. The Fish Counter is part fishmonger part fish and chip shop. It is a setup that I have not seen before but it has quickly become one of my favourite places to eat and buy fish.
What makes them so good is their focus on incredibly fresh and sustainable produce. Honestly I have never been a big fan of fish and chips. I always found it to be too greasy, heavy and often pretty bland in flavour. The fish and chips you get at the fish counter is in a whole new ball park and here’s why.
The fish – it’s fresh and full of flavour, delicate and delicious.
The batter – extremely light and crispy and it doesn’t hold onto grease like so many others do
The slaw – Its seasoned perfectly and goes so well with the fish helping keep the dish light. In terms of appearance this also helps to avoid the sea of beige which is so common.
The tartar sauce – This is where the magic happens, I’m not sure how Chef Rob Clarke does it but its simply fabulous. It adds a nice rich yet refreshing tang to the dish.
The chips – Rustic, skins still on, perfect size, crispy and great flavour.
The Fish Counter do not just offer fish and chips. Other options include the oyster po boy, their fish tacos, a selection of soups and chowders. The last time I was there they had a special of mussels and chips!
Turning your attention to the other side of the shop you find the fish counter its self filled with fresh and delicious seafood.
I highly recommend a visit, pickup some fish and chips for lunch and take something home to cook for dinner.
Photography wise, I tried to keep things natural. I wanted the images to accurately represent what you get when you go there. All natural lighting, no flash. All shot on my 5D MK II with a selection of lenses. Typically my 50mm and 55mm macro.
Check out the fish counter’s website and my own to see some more images and to learn more: