Nothing fishy about dinner at PJs
Entire family happy with fish and chip dinner at long-standing takeaway
sauce to ensure their meals were smothered. The adults considered burgers ($11 to $14.50) but instead selected a seafood basket (larger version of the child’s meal for $16) and the fish meal and salad ($17.50). The fish with each meal was hoki (fortunately not the type that comes from a box out of the supermarket freezer) and ‘‘upgrades’’ included John Dory and orange roughy. At the recommendation of the chef I paid an extra $2 for crumbed orange roughy and it was worth every penny. Fresh and perfectly cooked, it soaked up the lemon and melted in the mouth. The salad was also surprisingly good, packed full of tomatoes, capsicum and red onions. We were a bit disappointed to learn there were no desserts as we would certainly have been happy to linger a little longer. Drinks were basic – wine at $5 a glass was either red or white (‘‘Savignon blanc, I think – it’s a New Zealand one’’) and fortunately the few choices of beer included Speight’s.
There were three young blokes putting in combined efforts as chefs and waiters, while one appeared to be running the show as a maitre d of sorts. When Miss 3, horrified at the lack of colouring opportunities on her laminated menu, approached the counter to request toys, he quickly found a colourful ceramic fish (empty) money box tucked away on a back shelf. It was perfect but, if we haven’t already apologised enough, sorry about the incident that saw it hit the ground and lose its bottom just as we were preparing to leave. The waiting team were never hovering – we would just grab their attention as they flew past but always gave good advice on food options, offered more of anything we needed (tomato sauce and lemon, thanks) and were fast and friendly.
PJs has a very social vibe. The fish is fresh and reasonably priced and staff are cheerful. Although the restaurant is not specifically designed with children in mind, we felt very welcome and had a great family meal out.