What: The fish ’n’ chips with Pacific cod
Where: O’Caine’s Irish Pub, 36101 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage
How much: $20 for 9 ounces, as pictured
Contact: 760-202-3311; www.ocainesirishpub.com
Why: It’s crispy, moist and tasty.
There are few food things more pleasant to me than biting into a perfectly prepared piece of beer-battered fish.
First, there’s the crunch, the saltiness and the subtle beer flavor from the batter. Then comes the warm, soft fish; there are so many varied tastes and textures in each and every bite.
Of course, “chips”—french fries—are a perfect companion. The mouth-feel starts off similarly—with crunch and saltiness—but then the potato ends up being completely different in terms of flavor and texture.
Is there any wonder fish-and-chips is such a classic bar/pub food? No, it’s no wonder at all.
One of the better versions of this dish I’ve had in the Coachella Valley is at O’Caine’s Irish Pub, which opened a year ago in the same shopping center as Gelson’s in Rancho Mirage. While O’Caine’s also offers both jumbo shrimp (six pieces for $25) and Nova Scotia salmon (8 ounces for $25) under the “fish and chips” banner, during my recent lunch visit, I went the traditional route—and I was hungry, so I got the larger portion (as opposed to the 6-ounce portion for $2 less).
When my food came, I was pleasantly surprised: The pieces of cod were huge, and came with lots of medium-cut fries and a small cup of “minty pea coleslaw.” While I was hungry when I started my meal, I couldn’t even finish it all.
Not only was I impressed by the food at O’Caine’s; I was also impressed by the service, the décor and the vibe. O’Caine’s is a fun place serving up delicious food and drink—and I’ll definitely be back for more of those delicious fish ’n’ chips.