A few years ago in our search for non-Asian foods in Scarborough we stumbled upon St. Andrew’s Fish and Chips, hidden in a small plaza off Ellesmere. During our last visit, the quaint dining room (open since 1984) was packed with diners young and old, and required a short wait. For those in a rush, they have a takeout window as well.
Haddock Platter 14.20
St. Andrew’s provides a good selection of fish to choose from, including halibut, haddock, and even salmon. To get a good feel of their fried seafood I went with the haddock platter, which includes three shrimp, three scallops, and chips. St. Andrew’s uses a thick batter which results in an excellent crunch. While the haddock was flaky and delicious, I particularly enjoyed the large juicy shrimp and scallops, a rarity, as too many restaurants use saltwater injected artificially inflated “jumbo” seafood. The chips at St. Andrews are thickly cut and on the shorter side, which provides the perfect ratio of crunchy exterior and fluffy interior.
Steak and Mushroom Pie 6.45
I was also eager to try their meat pies at this very Scottish restaurant. The pies at St. Andrew’s are sourced from their neighbours But ‘N’ Ben’s, which I have never explored due to their early closing hours. I enjoyed this meat pie with its easily identifiable chunks of steak and mushrooms, but I tend to prefer crusts in the softer, flakier Aussie style. Also worth mentioning is their tasty gravy, which is clearly made from scratch rather than a uniform from-powder gloop. Tartar sauce is also available in convenient packets, and each table offers ketchup as well as two types of vinegar.
Haggis, not so offal! 5.45
St. Andrew’s also offers haggis, mealie, and black pudding. Having had a traumatic incident with haggis as a child, I was pretty hesitant in trying the haggis P ordered, which comes with two decently sized links per order. However, P prevailed and I sampled a piece. Surprisingly, the haggis was not as offal (sorry) as I remembered. The haggis tasted quite similar to a deep fried spicy sausage, made of ground lamb parts and lots of pepper.
Clam Chowder 3.45
Most of the meals come with a dinner option, but P and I have no interest in pickled beets or mushy peas. However, as a lover of clam chowder, I ordered the soup as a starter. Obviously not as good as the chowders found in Boston, the soup still satisfied my craving and was infinitely better than anything Campbell’s has put in a can.
Deep Fried Oreos with Ice Cream 4.25
If all the excellently fried food above weren’t enough of a reason to try St. Andrew’s, their dessert selection is unique enough for a special trip. Deep fried Oreos, Mars Bars, jam sandwiches, and creme eggs (seasonal) accompany more classic desserts such as apple pie and trifle. My favourite of the bunch are the fried Oreos, with crunchy batter giving way to liquefied Oreos, matching perfectly with the accompanying vanilla ice cream.
Deep Fried Mars Bar with Ice Cream 4.95
P prefers the fried Mars Bar, which is definitely another unique dessert. Speed matters with this dessert, as the molten Mars Bar cools rather quickly (helped along by the accompanying ice cream), solidifying into a teeth-sticking chocolate toffee.
Overall, St. Andrew’s is a haven of delicious Scottish food in a no longer Scottish suburb. In addition to all the great food above, they also offer a lunch special, 25% off for seniors on Tuesdays, and an all-you-can-eat option from Tuesday to Thursday.
Last Visited Friday Evening, November 8, 2013
St. Andrew’s Fish and Chips
1589 Ellesmere Rd, Scarborough