Battered Fish, the popular Halifax fish & chips shop set to open on Queen West.


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The Battered Fish, a Nova Scotian quick, quality fish and chips joint, is opening shop on Queen West.

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The Battered Fish, a Nova Scotian quick, quality fish and chips joint, has set up shop on Queen St. W and should be open next week. Owner and creator Ryan MacIssac started the company back in 2009 after finding that fast quality seafood was quickly going by the wayside. He wanted to deliver quality seafood quickly but made to order every time, and the end result was The Battered Fish—Fish and Chips Company.

The company quickly took off and has since evolved into a gourmet food truck, and six brick and mortar locations in Halifax. The Queen St. location is MacIssac’s first venture outside of Nova Scotia. “To be honest ever since I opened up the company—that was back in 2009— my goal and my dream was to try to duplicate our good quality seafood that we have on the  East coast and bring it up into Ontario and central Canada,” he explained.

The menu for the Toronto location will mirror the Nova Scotian menu not only in food options, but also in price. While the seafood is sourced from out east, many of the other options are sourced from right here in Toronto. “We went through all the costing for Toronto vs Halifax and it ended up being pretty much the same,” says MacIssac.

Most of their food is supplied by Gordon’s Food Service, the largest family owned foodservice distributor in North America. They supply about 90% of the seafood in Halifax and are going to be supplying that same quality food to The Battered Fish here in Toronto.  

Not long ago The Battered Fish completely redid their menu, and MacIssac is hoping that the new items will be popular in Toronto as well as out East. The new menu features items like Donair poutine (Halifax donair meat, onions, tomatoes, donair sauce, gravy & cheese curds), shrimp and fish tacos, Buffalo Fish Bites, Salmon Burgers, Tuna Melts, and of course Fish and Chips. If you’re more into crustaceans scallops, clams, shrimp, calamari, and lobster rolls are all on the menu.

“You know our staples are fish for sure but we do have a lot of other great items on the menu,” says MacIssac when talking about the non seafood items.

For now MacIssac is focused on getting the Toronto location up and running, but he hopes that the brand can keep expanding.  “This was the main goal to get up here and get our first location open and see how it goes, but the big plans are to expand throughout Ontario, so we are franchising.”

The Battered Fish will be open from Sunday to Thursday from 11a.m. to 10:30p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 11a.m. to 2a.m.

The Battered Fish, 224 Queen St. W., 416-599-1971

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Jennifer Wilson is the web editorial intern at Post City Magazines. During her off time she enjoys being active outside and exploring Toronto. You can find her on instagram or twitter @wilsjenn.

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