Somehow it seems sacrilege that many of Vancouver Island’s seaside communities aren’t able to offer up a great order of fish and chips. Fake frozen French fries and soggy fish batter take the pleasure out of this simplest of dishes and, unfortunately, they are frequently found where you would least expect them – waterfront eateries. To date, one of our best finds for fish and chips has been in Ucluelet at Jiggers.
Jiggers isn’t on the waterfront and it’s ‘just’ a food truck, but being smack in the middle of a fishing village has obviously influenced the quality of the meals on offer. We all opted for fish and chips during our visit, but there are other offerings on the chalkboard menu for those who aren’t crazy about fish.
The food truck is set up in the parking lot of a vacant building on Ucluelet’s main drag. Jiggers customers have access to the building for wet weather dining, but on the fine day that we visited diners were scattered among the picnic tables in front of the food truck. We arrived fairly early for dinner – 5-ish – and were happy that we had. Line-ups started shortly after our order went in and wait times for food, of course, increased exponentially.
We had our dinner in front of us within 15 minutes. We requested the three piece fish and chips ($27) instead of three one-piece orders (at $15 each), bit the bullet for extra tartar sauce ($1.75 per container) and sat down to enjoy our meal.
The fish, with light and crisp batter, was very fresh and flavourful and the chips – hand-cut, of course – were perfectly cooked. The fries were crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. Accompanied by excellent cole slaw and mouthwatering house-made tartar sauce, the meal made for the best fish and chips we have enjoyed in a very long time. And, despite three hearty appetites, there was plenty of food in that $27 deal.
Please note that Jiggers takes cash only if you decide to dine there. And truly, you should eat there if you are in the area – our meal was proof positive that Jiggers’ great reputation is well-deserved.
Jiggers doesn’t have a website, but is on Facebook under Jiggers Fish and Chips
Price rating: $-$$
Jiggers is located at 1385 Peninsula Road, Ucluelet
GPS co-ordinates are:
Lat. 48.938794 Long. -125.542902
48° 56′ 19.6584” N 125° 32′ 34.4472” W