Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fish And Chips Plus Clam Chowder @ The City Fish

$10.00  (+tax and tip/if you like)
This little fish and chips place is located in downtown San Jose, CA.  The place isn't very large and the location has  plenty of "interesting characters" milling about outside, as it is downtown San Jose! While the food is certainly four stars IMHO, especially for the value, the decor size and location take it down a notch.  Also make sure you park in a nearby parking garage so as to get validated for parking, otherwise you might be paying around 4-6 bucks extra for parking.

Essentially you order at the counter and then find a seat, the food,and sauces, are brought out to you. You aren't really "waited" upon, but we decided to tip regardless.  On the menu they have separate options for panko bread crumb as well as other options for salmon, and other fish prepared in the traditional batter and deep fry style.  You could also get those fish pan fried, baked, etc., but those were typically the same price as you would think to pay at a upscale fish restaurant, so were a bit pricy.

I opted for the Fish and Chips + Chowder combo for my first foray into the cuisine here, not knowing what to expect in terms of batter or flavor.   It was right around ten dollars in cost.  As you can see in the pics the batter isn't like you would find at an english pub, so thickly coated that you need a knife to cut into the fish, but a delicate and flavorful batter that flakes away with the whitefish underneath.   It is almost as light and crispy as the tempura batter that my favorite place uses, Tugboat Fish and Chips.  

The fries are your typical faire. The chowder on the other hand was very good! The chowder was on the thinner side, creamy yet soupy, with plenty of clams and other ingredients, and not over cooked to where the potatoes just disintegrate and thus thicken the soup, which is a good thing!  The chowder alone is something to seek out.

This is a place that  I'll certainly come back to for a fish and chips fix, especially since its a bit closer to my work/home.

    The City Fish 
    Seafood Restaurant · 1.7 mi
    Address: 30 East Santa Clara Street #140, San Jose, CA 95113
    Open today · 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Cashew Chicken @ The Joy Luck House

$16.00  (+tax and tip)

This place is somewhat tucked away on the central north side of Napa, in a little business center/industrial complex.  We had lunch there around 1pm on a Sunday and we were the only ones in the entire place!  The weekdays from other reviews seems its a rather popular place.  The food is typical fair for Chinese cuisine.  Its tasty food, both with non spicy and spicy, and I recommend going with a dish with at least a little  spice! In the end, I don't think i'd go out of my way to eat here, certainly not an hour and a half drive!  However, if you're in the area be sure try it out, otherwise there are much closer places that are cheaper and have dishes which are more flavorful, in my opinion.

    Joy Luck House 
    Chinese Restaurant
    Address: 1144 Jordan Ln, Napa, CA 94559
    Menu: viewmenu.com
    Popular times

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Mixed Fish And Chips Basket @ Pacific Catch

Mixed Fish & Chips Basket
2 sm Cod Pieces
3 Fried Oysters
3 Coconut Shrimp
Sweet Potato Fries

$25.00 (drink+tip+tax included)

I'd say this is a nice date place, they have a good selection of food types on the menu (seafood oriented, but they do have things like steak tacos, and veggie options) and the atmosphere is very nice. Their outside seating area is especially nice, if the weather is permitting.

The food is good/tasty but in my opinion a bit overpriced which is why this only rates at 3 stars vs 4. Seems as if the pricing is more because its in a more "poshy" area, but nothing ridiculous like the "santana row poshy" absurdity that you get if you order food at some of those main strip establishments that are "trendy".  There are other seafood places near by that might not have the dining atmosphere that Pacific Catch does, but they don't charge you for it, and typically get larger portions of fish for you money.  But if you have a special occasion and are willing to spend a little bit more, this would be a nice casual outing anytime.

  1. Pacific Catch 
  2. $$ · Seafood Restaurant · 5.0 mi
  3. Casual mini-chain locale featuring a menu of globally influenced seafood plus a patio & bar.
  4. Address: 1875 S Bascom Ave Suite 550, Campbell, CA 95008
    Open today · 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Reservations: opentable.com

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