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Sea Witch Fish and Chips

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Sea Witch on St. Clair West is all about the fish. A rather simple menu consists of five types - haddock, pacific cod, halibut, pickerel and arctic char. Patrons can choose to have their fish in one or two piece portions with chips, on a sandwich, or on its own.

Aside from the mains, they also offer fish cakes, chowder and a halibut poutine. If you're looking for a vegetable that isn't a fried potato, or something slawed or pickled, you've come to the wrong place.

Co-owner Kevin Kowalczyk mans the fish fry, having personally fried nearly every piece of fish since he and wife Jacki Strahl opened less than a month ago. Both have been in the food industry for over 10 years each and are realizing a dream in opening this new venture in their own neighbourhood, on St. Clair West east of Christie.

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First out was the one-piece pacific cod and chips ($10). The large piece of fresh cod was perfectly cooked inside the crispy, golden, not-too-oily batter. The fish was served with a hefty portion of fresh cut chips, tartar sauce and a creamy coleslaw. A good portion size at only one piece, this was certainly enough to fill a big appetite.

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Next we tried the pickerel sandwich with fries ($14). The Lake Erie pickerel was prepared in the same way as it would be if ordered on its own, and served in a soft ciabatta-type bun. The sandwich featured another well-cooked piece of fish, topped with their house-made pickled onions and tartar sauce. While certainly a tasty sandwich, the bun felt like an unnecessary addition to an already heavy meal.

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The haddock and rings ($13) featured another great-tasting, tender filet. The rings were fried in the same batter as the fish; while delicious, they felt repetitious when eaten together. (The $3 surcharge to replace a plate full of fries for seven onion rings was also a little annoying.)

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We tried a sample of the halibut fish cakes which, like the chowder, onions, tartar sauce and coleslaw, were made in-house. The fish cake patties were heavy on chopped fish, mixed with potato and parsley, and dusted in spiced panko; they'd appeal for those looking for something with a lighter fry.

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All in all Sea Witch stacks up well to the fish and chips heavyweights of Toronto and makes a great option for lunch or dinner. Despite being on the pricier side for fish and chips, I'd bet this new mom-and-pop will soon emerge as a neighbourhood staple.

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Sea Witch has seating for nearly 30 in the family friendly and liquor license-free establishment. Most of their traffic appears to be take-out. They're open 11am-8pm Tuesday and Wednesday, 11am-9pm Thursday through Saturday, and 12pm-7pm on Sunday (closed on Mondays).

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Photos by Marni Wolf.

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