Noth­ing fishy about din­ner at PJs

En­tire fam­ily happy with fish and chip din­ner at long-stand­ing take­away

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES -

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.

Ser­vice:

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.

Verdict:

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.

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