Lots of options at Five Fish Bistro on Capitol Hill
The mission of Five Fish Bistro on Capitol Hill is to offer five different kinds of fried fish and seafood with seasonally changing specials, as well as salads, sandwiches and more.
Seattle Times reporter
Five Fish BistroSeafood
410 Broadway E., Seattle
Hours: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday.
Etc: Visa and MasterCard accepted; no obstacles to access; limited street parking; beer and wine served.
A meal of fish and chips is not exactly a health-food banquet, but with fresh, local ingredients and a light hand at the fryer, it certainly can be a wickedly satisfying, moderately priced and less-guilt-inducing repast.
The Five Fish Bistro on Capitol Hill (at the north end of the Broadway commercial strip) offers just such fare, with extra amenities: a small, casual but very pleasant dining room, an attentive staff and a mix tape of great blues and R&B classics playing in the background.
As the name implies, a mission of this eatery is to offer five different kinds of fried fish and seafood with seasonally changing specials, as well as salads, sandwiches and more. The cost is a bit higher than a greasy-spoon type of fish-and-chips joint, but the ample portions, swift service and quality control justify it.
The menu: An array of seafood (cod, salmon, catfish, shrimp, etc.) dipped in well-seasoned batter (gluten-free available) and fried to a golden crisp in peanut oil ($8.75-$10.75) are the front-line choices. But there are also five kinds of po'boy sandwiches available ($8.75-$10.50) as well as fish tacos, soup, salads and, for the hard-core, appetizers of tempura bacon ($4.25) and deep-fried pickles ($3.25).
What to write home about: The two-piece Alaska cod fish and chips ($8.75) is a melt-in-your-mouth, savory staple, served with excellent tartar sauce — or if you'd prefer, ranch, chili mayo or lemon-garlic aioli sauces. The oyster po'boy sandwich ($9.25), with lightly breaded local oysters packed into a French roll with lettuce, pickles, tomato and tartar sauce, is an oozing, three-napkin treat. Both come with a mound of perfectly cooked and salted potato fries.
An optional addition is a very generous serving of hearty cabbage slaw ($2.25). But don't overlook the first-rate Northwest-style clam chowder, redolent of bacon and pepper ($5.75). Or, for dessert, the fresh-from-the-stove beignets ($4.25).
The setting: Hip, clean, easygoing with blond-wood tables and chairs, wall art and great music. You order at the counter, but the food is delivered to your table by solicitous young staffers.
Summing up: One order each of clam chowder, cabbage slaw, cod fish and chips, an oyster po'boy, shrimp and chips, beignets and a soft drink came to $41.25, before tax and tip.