I tried Pajo’s in Steveston last year after remembering that it tasted wonderful 8 years ago but was let down by cold soggy fries plus the fish was on the oily side. So I researched and discovered Go Fish Ocean Emporium., but it was located in Vancouver, a bit of travel from Richmond. I filed it away and the perfect time came about as we some friends from Davao in Granville Island.
Go Fish Ocean Emporium is not located inside Granville Island but on the False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf. To get to Go Fish you have to walk about 5 minutes along the sea wall, to the left side of the bridge heading into Granville Island.
Go Fish is located at the False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf, so they are close to where the fishing boats are. Go Fish buys as much of their seafood and fish needs from the boats that come in daily that are line caught locally. Now that’s what you call fresh.
Now on to the store itself, or more like a corrugated metal shack. We were lucky that when we got there the line was still short. Seating though is limited, more so any with shade. People in Canada love to sit under the sun, even shining brightly, it was about 18 to 20 degrees. They take every chance to sit in the sun because they have so little of it over the year, about 2 months worth while we cringe at the prospect. We finally get a table that’s partially shaded and have our jacket hoods to thank also for covering some of the sun’s glare.
Lauren and Irene each got 2 pieces of Halibut Fish and Chips ($16 or about P670). It was served in a bamboo dim sum basket with a bed of freshly cooked french fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce. I loved both the tartar sauce and the coleslaw, which Irene and Lauren skipped. Lauren was happy eating her fish as is paired with the good fries.
I skipped ordering the fish and chips and got the Char Grilled Albacore Tuna with Avocado, sweet chili ponzu sauce, wasabi mayo and “Sanke Bite” salsa ($10.5 or about P440). Go Fish uses a Portuguese style buns from Tartine Bakery for all their sandwiches so it’s got a nice crunchy and flavorful. The sauce gives this fresh tasting sandwich a sweet Asian flavor that I really enjoyed. Their Pacific Rim coleslaw is also Asian leaning with it’s sesame vinaigrette.
Our friend Anavi got the Oyster Po Boy ($10.5 or about P440), she offered to trade half of her order for half of my alabacore tuna sandwich. Perfect trade, I get to try two things for lunch. 3 juicy oysters cooked on the grill and basted with bbq sauce paired with chipotle crema, sweet onions, shredded lettuce and tartar sauce. The juices of the oyster just pops out as you bite into it, complemented by the slight spicy kick of the chipotle crema and the crunchy veggies.
I had a lovely lunch at Go Fish Ocean Emporium and this should definitely be on your must eat list for a trip to Vancouver, Canada. I’ve added a map so you can easily find your way there.