At one time or another, many of us crave a well-prepared fish and chips dinner. When you get that craving, you might want to drop by Fresco’s Fish and Chips, a small establishment on busy Augusta Avenue in Toronto’s Kensington Market. I recently stopped by to sample Buytopia’s $13 deal, which includes two haddock and chips dinners, each served with homemade coleslaw, homemade tartar sauce and a soft drink or bottled water. Fresco’s haddock and chips dinner is usually $13 so if you love good fish and chips, you might want to hurry and pick up this Buytopia $13 haddock and chips deal here since it will only be available for a few days.
Each dinner comes with two good-sized portions of haddock fish, as well as an ample serving of fries. (If you’ve never had haddock, it is one of the most sweetly flavourful fish there is.) I was offered one piece of haddock in regular batter and the other piece of haddock fried in the Miss Vickie’s extra crispy batter. While both batters passed my high standards for fish fries, the extra crispy batter edged out the regular batter slightly since its crunchy texture provided a wonderful coating for the ever-so-tender haddock. But don’t take my word for it. I shared the haddock and chips dinner with my brother who is a lifelong fisherman and who learned how to filet and batter fish from my father who learned it from his father who learned it from his father who had a fish and chips store in England! In my brother’s words, the batter was superb.
Fresco’s Fish and Chips uses only fresh Russet potatoes to prepare their fries and this is evident in the taste. For those of you who don’t like soggy fries, you won’t get them here. These fries were cooked well and were still crispy 20 minutes after picking them up.
As far as authenticity goes, the haddock and fish dinner came wrapped in Fresco’s own newspaper (a custom of fish and chips restaurants) printed with fish recipes and instructions for cooking.
Fresco’s has seating for 12 so that you can enjoy your fish and chips dinner on the spot.