I haven’t written a food post in years, but the remoulade was that good!
In the almost-year that I’ve been back, I’ve been craving to go to a farmers’ market except that it’s so dang far. Then again, this is Calgary. Everything feels far when you live in the northwest.
What’s great to see is the hustle and bustle at the Calgary’s Farmers’ Market down south, close to Ikea. What’s weird is to realize that the produce parts of the market sell imported fruits and veggies from Mexico and the US (just like Superstore!), but i guess that’s another post for another time.
Today, all I want to talk about with you are the fish and chips.
A bright clean stall labeled simply “Fish & Chips,” there’s little question what you’ll get here. What stopped me were the samples of fried bits… And the remoulade. Remoulade is typically an aioli- or mayonnaise-based sauce intended for salad or seafood. Similar to tartar sauce, remoulade is more likely to be reddish in appearance. This remoulade in particular was on point: sweet tang and finely chopped pickle meant that it paired perfectly with the fried tidbits on sample. I knew I had to eat here.
Jack and I ended up splitting a plate of two pieces of haddock, fries and coleslaw ($13.50+tax). On our tray was a bonus of a few onion rings, Heinz ketchup, house tartar, and house remoulade.
The best fried foods are the ones that don’t make you feel like they’re fried, and the entire plate was done well by this standard. The fish flaked beautifully, the batter was light and flavorful, and despite this plate coming fresh out of the fryer, there was no artery-choking sentiment. On the vendor’s page, you can read more about their choice to bread with breadcrumbs instead of the traditional heavy batter. Oh, and the sauces. I’ve already waxed on about the rem-you-know-what (and apparently it’s their most popular) but the tartar was just as good. Distinct in that it was definitely a savoury sauce, the amounts of dill used were just so.
Our biggest criticism was that we really could have done with double the amount of coleslaw. As wonderful as the sauces were in the way they offset all the fried goodness, the coleslaw would have been just as, if not more, welcome. Finely chopped with a delicate amount of cilantro and not too heavy on the vinaigrette, i really could have eaten that salad all on its own.
Finally, the price is on par with what I’ve seen from other chippy shops in Calgary, but given the quality (and the fact that Jack and I both felt pretty satisfied after splitting the dish), I wouldn’t hesitate to eat here again. We licked up every last bit of sauce.
So there you have it. Sure, the fish isn’t local, but then again, neither were the sweet potatoes on sale. Have some fish and chips next time you’re at the farmers’ market, and bring me back some remoulade!