vegan fish and chips FTW!
Posted on 06 / 13 / 2009
Weird Fish is absolutely amazing! We ordered the Buffalo Girls (seitan "chicken" wings with buffalo sauce and vegan ranch dressing) as an appetizer, and were very pleased. Each piece was coated in a perfectly crunchy and spicy batter that was red hot (temperature AND spicy hot), yet the inside was warm and very chewy. I've never eaten "real" chicken wings, so I can't compare these to them, but I can tell you they were absolutely delicious and I'd eat them again in a heartbeat.
For our main course we ordered one vegan seitan fish and chips, which came with vegan tartar sauce, wrapped in soy batter, and one tofu fish and chips entrée which was similarly presented, yet the sauce was vegan sweet and sour cream. At only $8 for two pieces with chips, this was not only a huge portion of food but great value too. If you're extra hungry, you can get an additional piece of tofu or seitan "fish" for only $3 more. No wonder this place is so crazy busy!
The tofu choice was a huge, hunking chunk of firm, seasoned tofu with a very steamy inside...yet the seitan "fish" was much more chewy (the same inside, I think, as the Buffalo Girls).
What's special here is not a chunk of vegetable protein per-se, but what they DO with it. The vegan batter is incredibly tasty, soaked in oil and so crunchy that it breaks into bits that fly all over the place when you bite into it. The chips are also similarly perfectly prepared -- probably from fresh potatoes which means you can actually taste the potato rather than the freezer bag that held them for months before you ate them.
The only downside I can think of for Weird Fish is the humongous amount of oil and calories one must consume when eating there. I must have had over 600 calories (most of them fat) from the one meal I ate. You know what, though? I'd eat that again if it was twice the calories and happily skip another meal to make up for it. :)
lots of vegan options, inventive cuisine, large portions
not vegetarian restaurant, crowded, rotating menu