Olde Yorke Fish & Chips
Olde Yorke Fish and Chips was somewhere on our list after the recent three-week, long trip to the UK. We had a craving for fish and chips to be satisfied, and we thought we’d found a perfect place to do just that.
APPEARANCE & SWIRL
We were greeted by a full parking lot and fanciful typographic sign with floral ornamental details. Finding the entrance was a bit confusing; as it turned out that we’d entered the take-out area initially - an area off to the side, closest to the parking. This take-out was also right by a lovely, sunroom, patio space.
Later on, we realized that the main entrance is off Laird. It was appropriately stuffy inside, but comfortable and warm. The setting made us feel like we were in Scotland again: bright red upholstery on the chairs and banquettes, darkwood flooring and bulkheads as well as a worn-out and warm-colored carpet.
NOSE & SWIRL
There was no music, only humming of patrons, and a bit of dishes rattling in the background. These sounds, when combined with the warm hues, created a homey atmosphere.
The dark laminated menu proudly proclaimed that the restaurant has been established in 1997. We picked the classic, basic Cod and Chips as well as the curious Haddock Weight-Watchers option with a Caesar Salad.
The Cod and Chips had a perfect, crispy, battered shell, which came with a slightly burnt smell too. The meat was soft, tender, and rather bland - just as we expected such a classic British dish to taste. The side of coleslaw added the needed citric flavour, while the generous portion of fries just played into the stereotype even further.
The Weight-Watchers haddock was broiled, with grill marks and some watery sauce - it was a bit too chewy for our taste. It also had a generous side of caesar salad.
We decided to share their Apple Crisp for dessert. That was probably the most enjoyable dish we had here. It was not presented in a fancy manner - a pile of vanilla ice-cream as well as a large, brown, meat-looking pile topped with oats and almonds. This mysterious mountain consisted of layers of thinly-sliced baked apple to a level of a tender beauty. Topped with a crispy, buttery-oats mixture, it added a flaky, crispy texture, much needed to balance off the smooth, mushy apples. The side of ice cream further added a slight buttery, vanilla smell. It was absolutely perfect.
With the changing area and demographics all over, the Olde Yorke continues to rather successfully carry the traditionalism banner into the future. It was not only elderly British Couples enjoying the culinary delights, plenty of younger patrons were there to explore as well. We hope the restaurant carries on with an ode to authenticity, but also as a living proof that traditions can stay relevant and in demand.