Dining Out: Grandin Fish ‘n’ Chips gives old classic a prairie twist

The classic fish and chips joint has been given a prairie-inspired twist thanks to a new venture brought to you by the same people behind The Common.

Grandin Fish ‘N’ Chips is a hip, yet cosy and unpretentious, spot, serving up a selection of fresh fish and all the classic fixins’ in a piece of prime real estate on 109 Street that had long deserved a facelift and some life breathed into it.

With a long wall of windows facing the street, the space is bright and airy, with light wood finishes and simple clean lines. Look around and you’ll see hints of the restaurant’s tag line, “From port to prairie,” everywhere. A beautiful wallpaper — specially commissioned from a local tattoo artist — decorates the main wall and incorporates prairie and nautical themes, from a grain elevator riding a wave to a barn perched on the back of a sperm whale. That attention to detail continues throughout the space and on the menu.

Grandin Fish and Chips, 9902 109 St., in Edmonton Wednesday April 19, 2017. Photo by David Bloom

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Grandin Fish and Chips, 9902 109 St. in Edmonton Wednesday April 19, 2017.

Brought to you by executive chef Jesse Morrison-Gauthier (also of The Common), the menu is surprisingly varied, with basa, cod and haddock and chips the mainstays, along with a rotating catch of the day — all brought in fresh and used within days. The restaurant also stocks small amounts of fresh fish to sell to customers, and a fridge featuring a selection chilling on ice greets you upon entrance.

If fish isn’t your thing, the menu has a few options from the land, including chicken and a hot dog. There’s also an inspired selection of features — seafood chowder, sausage rolls, smoked fish fritters and escargot, to name a few, along with oysters, manilla clams and P.E.I. mussels available for dinner. A few salads and desserts round out the offerings. You’ll also find a decent selection of beverages to sip on, from beer and wine to a half-dozen rum cocktails.

Grandin Fish ‘N’ Chips is typically a fast-casual restaurant, meaning you place your order at the counter, where the menu is scrawled along several chalkboards, before waiting to be served at your table. However, on a recent Friday night, we were treated to table service instead. Despite the packed house, we were quickly shown to a table among the boisterous diners — young and old, families and flirty couples, and tables of hipsters sharing animated conversations.

The Salad Nicoise with (left to right) Mushy Peas, Fried Brussel Sprout Bubble and Squeak, and a Cheddar Biscuit, at Grandin Fish and Chips, 9902 109 St., in Edmonton on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

The fish meals come with one piece of perfectly battered fish and a pile of crispy kennebec fries, along with a small amount of house-made tartar sauce and a side of fresh coleslaw. My

Source:: Edmonton Journal – Lifestyle

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