Restaurant review: Windjammer Restaurant

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While visiting the Commercial Drive neighborhood, we happened upon the Windjammer Restaurant. I remembered this establishment from its previous locals on Main street in the 2000s, and even when it was on Oak Street in the 1980s. I walked past it many times, and glanced at the menu, but never patronized it. This would be the day.

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I recall that in the original location on Oak Street, it was a classic British fish & chip establishment.  But here, the menu is expanded to include burgers and sandwiches.

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The special of the day was fish & chips, and fish-cakes & chips.

I went with the Fish Cakes with chips and coleslaw

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The fish cakes were minced haddock, mashed potatoes, shallots, parsley, and capers, formed into puck-shaped discs, breaded and deep-fried to a light crisp.  It’s served with sides of fried potatoes, coleslaw, a lemon wedge, and tartar sauce.

The fish cakes were pretty good; they had a rather home-made quality to them.  They had some decent flavor, and good seasoning, with a light crisp on the outside.

The fries were crisp on the outside, and tender on the inside.  They looked and tasted like they were made from frozen.  As frozen goes, they were actually not bad.

The coleslaw is shredded cabbage, and carrots, in a tart vinegar based dressing.

The tartar sauce was just okay.  It didn’t have much tang or flavor.

My lunch companion ordered the cod and chips with coleslaw

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The fish was fresh with a light crisp batter. It was moist and well seasoned.

The room is simple, functional and clean.

The server was pleasant, and helpful.

This was, overall, a decent meal at a very reasonable price (especially since we were having the special of the day).

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. LotusRapper says:

    I remember Windjammer was on Main St (@15 Ave) for many years. Were they on Oak St. before that ?

    1. mingchin says:

      Yes, they used to be in a low rise building on Oak Street, just south of West 16th Avenue. The building has since been demolished and replaced with a community garden.

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