Mr. Cod: A casual review

Last night, after the *amazing* KMB meetup, my wife and I decided to hit up some place to eat. Mr. Cod, a recently opened place, came to mind, and Mansoor told us how to get there from T2F. Reaching there (it’s at Khayaban-e-Shehbaz), I found the place to be very small and filled to the brim. Since the queue was so long, my wife and I dropped the idea, and we headed to Arizona Grill on Zamzama. Had amazing Cajun Chicken Pasta, but don’t let me get carried away! This review is about Mr. Cod, not Arizona Grill.

Today, after picking my wife from her office, we were again faced with the dilemma of what to eat. Since Mr. Cod has another branch near Gurumandir, we decided to give it a whirl this time.

Just for the sake of an introduction, let me tell you that Mr. Cod has managed to create quite a buzz, what with all the polesigns and advertisements, as well as opening 2 outlets simultaneously in strategic locations (1 in Defence, for the “pul ke us paar” crowd, and 1 in Gurumandir, for the “pul ke is paar” crowd). This is just something that trendy fast food places have just started (case in point: Dominos, Copper Kettle, Arizona Grill, etc) and I think that Mr Cod hit it right on using this approach.

I parked infront of the place (it’s right near New Town masjid, near IceCool, Master Cakes, etc). Small shop, with seating on the first floor. Inside, the menu had more variety than I expected. Besides fish, they also serve fried chicken. I wanted to try out the chicken, but didn’t. In the end I ordered 2 pieces of cod (Original), 2 pieces of cod (Masala), and 6 pieces of chicken nuggets. I didn’t order drinks (I was planning on doing takeaway and eating it at home, and had drinks in the fridge). Didn’t order fries as I’m not much into fries. The bill came to a total of Rs 370. (4 pieces of fish is Rs 260, and 6 chicken nuggets for Rs 110).

After getting home, I took out the fish pieces and nuggets and microwaved them for a minute to warm them up (I was caught in a traffic jam on Aga Khan road, which deserves a separate post). The fish was really good. The Original flavor cod was very tasty, but I liked the Masala one better, because it had just a hint of masala, not enough to destroy the taste of the fish, just enough to tantalise your taste buds. I couldn’t help thinking that this would have tasted much much better had I eaten it in the shop. The sauce was a mix between tartar and mayonaise. I tasted a little too much egg in it, but it wasn’t too bad. The major disappointment was the nuggets. Not because they weren’t good; just because it seemed as if the Mr. Cod guys had taken K&N chicken nuggets and served them. If I want chicken nuggets like that, I will just get K&Ns’ and fry them myself.

All in all, I can say that Mr. Cod is a really good addition to the local food scene. I believe that fish is something which is lacking in our diet, and fast food chains like KFC (Fish Zinger), McDonald’s (Fish filler burger) and now Mr. Cod are providing options for people who like eating fish.

If you like fried fish, I would recommend you try out Mr. Cod right now!

13 Comments so far

  1. Ali (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 1:51 am

    6000 Miles away from Karachi (assumed), few of us (pakistani) who work at Intel, enjoy MrCod in Swindon, UK once in a while ..

    however this website would be a shock to many people here :)

    thanks for sharing it

  2. BitterTruth (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 2:20 am

    Nicely written review.. location, price, menu and recommendations.. thanks for an example of good restaurant review

  3. Muddasir (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 4:27 am

    DO they serve any thing for dessert?

  4. Old_time_K'chite (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 5:13 am

    About 25 yrs ago, I recall some masala fish fry places at New Clifton, and one had to walk down into the little gullies where there used to be a “well of death” motorcycle stunt driver. Had the best hot and spicy fried fish there, with parathas and washed it down with green tea. Memorable evening, still remember it 25 yrs later. – old tyme karachite, can never forget the place, though it’s not home anymore.

  5. DeJa Vu (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 11:13 am

    ahhh .. this weekend i tried the same with my wife and 2 kids – never knew that its (SORT OF)a take away condition these days. However after eating (in the car offcourse ) my stomach was looking for more so i ended up at MEERUT for a desi touch.

    for 220 PKR its not filling at all :(

  6. udass (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 11:35 am

    kabhee gher per bhee khana khaa lyaa karooooo :)

  7. mansoor (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

    good hai! i think i’ll try it too..

    wanted to check it out when i was in lhr.. maybe will still try it there :p

  8. Hasan Zuberi (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 2:27 pm

    … finally the Hasan Square ki mashhour Fried Fish have competition now :P

    Khurram, I will be trying it on your recommendation … if not good you will be receiving the bill in full.

  9. Zeba (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

    Mr.Cod is VERY expensive in terms of FISH the serving size is not money worth., neither wholesome. Tried it 3rd Sept evening and the dude gave me Original COD 4 pcs (90gms each) for Rs. 370.00 with The White sauce. The place is small to sit in so i had it in car.

    MUCH MUCH better is ready to FRY Fish FILLET from MAHI & FROZEN FRESH.

  10. hira khan (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 8:20 pm

    i went to mr.cod with my friend jasim…the place was not only crowded but too small and the a.c wasnt working properly…because it was too hot ..too conjested and the people on the coutr were sweating like hell…then i went through the menu card and decided to have sausages ..its not that i dont like fish but aisay hi..and guess they didnt have that …didnt try anything …its just not about food ..alot of things matter…

  11. basit (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 10:33 pm

    good hai! i think i’ll try it too..

  12. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 11:19 pm

    COD – ! for Once OK. To TRY, no harm.

    expensive, for sure, not money worth, very true.

    Zeba is right, Mahi & Frozen Fresh are better and economically priced.

  13. Lesley Basu (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 1:59 am

    Tonight we had so-called cod and chips from Mr. Cod in Victoria Road, Old Town Swindon, for the first and last time.The fish was really poor quality and did not taste very fresh at all, the chips were shrivelled and I suspect, re-heated. I can only assume that it survivves on late night customers who are too drunk to notice – a disgrace !

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