Brit & Chips – Eating fish without guilt
“Brit & Chips” on 1390 de Maisonneuve Boulevard, just a few steps from Crescent St., the Guy-Concordia metro station, and Concordia University, has become a new addition to the restaurant scene in the downtown area. Its selling point, however, is its commitment to a sustainable use of the ocean resources. “We’re proud to be the first independent MSC-certified restaurant in Canada. As a fish ‘n chip shop, it’s important that we play our part in sourcing our fish responsibly and making sure that we do what we can to protect the oceans that provide this resource,” said the restaurant owners.
This is the third location for “Brit & Chips” and the first in the downtown core. With moderate prices and a variety of dishes, obviously based on fish, the owners should expect to attract Concordia students, office workers, and certainly, many of the downtown residents in search of some different type of food. One has to consider that the area already provides a variety of international fare and, for some reason the British cuisine was not so visible. “Brit & Chips” may come to fill that void.
This new restaurant will open seven days a week, and the owners describe it as “part fast-food counter, part British cuisine restaurant serving a variety of typically English gourmet meals. The menu was created by a team of Montreal’s pre-eminent experts in English cuisine after tireless treks through England to hunt down different recipes and ideas from the most renowned English fish ‘n chips shops.”
“Brit & Chips” serves certified sustainable seafood, an aspect of the business about which the owners are very proud. This certification comes from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a non-profit organization that operates the world’s leading certification program for sustainable wild-caught seafood. “Only fisheries that meet the MSC’s high environmental standard can become certified. In addition, the robust MSC traceability system ensures that products carrying the MSC label can be traced back to the fishery they come from and that they are correctly labelled.”
Thus, this new eatery in the downtown area could give to all fish food lovers the opportunity to enjoy their favourite dish without the guilt that they may be contributing to depleting the ocean resources. For more information about this new restaurant, visit www.britandchips.com and if you need for information about the Marine Stewardship Council go to www.msc.org
By Sergio Martinez – mtltimes.ca