There’s been a Fish N Chips shop at The Forks Market since the market’s earliest days. The original was Dockside 21 owned and operated by James Murphy one of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers all-time great receivers. Currently the space is occupied by Fergie’s Fish N Chips.
Fish N Chips N More:
My first time stopping by I opted for the single meal. This meal comes with your choice of cod, pickerel, or if you’re willing to pay a couple of extra dollars, halibut. I stayed with the pickerel. The meal also comes with a seafood chowder. This chowder is made from scratch every morning.
The chowder has both a rich tasty and consistency. It was thick enough that you might even consider it more of a stew than a chowder. It also had a fair bit of fish floating in it as opposed to being all broth.
In keeping with tradition, Fergies Fish N Chips comes wrapped in newsprint. The package is a little deceiving, as it makes the portion appear smaller than it actually is. Once I had unwrapped it, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of food. The second pleasant surprise was when I cut into the fish. I frequently find restaurant fish to have lots of batter and not much fish. Here the fish is the dominant ingredient. With a thinner batter the delicacy of the fish also is allowed to shine through.
I found that meal to be more than satisfying in terms of portion size, so the second time around I decided I would go with something a little lighter (kind of). For my meal I went with the fish curry poutine. For dessert I decided to indulge my Scottish heritage and order a deep-fried Mars bar.
When I wrote my post on Smokin Haut, I said I thought that the Menno Poutine, while untraditional, captured the poutine essence. The Fish Curry Poutine from Fergie’s doesn’t quite rise to the challenge. While there is good curry flavour to the gravy, I found it to be a little on the thin side. Plus, it wasn’t overly cheesy. Still, not a bad choice of dish.
The deep fried Mars bar was interesting, but quite frankly, I don’t see the appeal. This is mainly a function of the concept, but I did find a little fishy taste to the dessert, as if it was deep-fried in the same oil as the fish.
the service was one thing that impressed me on both visits to the restaurant. One thing that had kept me away in the past was that there are usually long lines. Don’t let that discourage you. I found the order taking to be efficient and even though there were several people in front of me I got my food quite quickly. Fergie’s Fish N Chips is definitely a place to stop when visiting The Forks.