Fish Type: Cod Price: $16.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Poor
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: There was a day not all that long ago where Gates & Brovi was the new kid on the block and going through the same Fish Fry growing pains many new establishment go through. The fish was hit and miss, lacking the consistency that is the hallmark of the best of the best. One week it was pert near perfect, and the next something was off. This cycle seemingly repeated itself ad nauseam until we just decided to take an leave of absence from it altogether. Eventually five years or so passed and we figured it was time to see if they'd finally settled into their groove...and it seems they have.
G&B still has cod and bluegill every Friday, that much has never changed, but the preparation and the price have apparently stabilized. The cod sits at a princely $16 for a 3-piece, with additional pieces available for a hefty $4 each. Yes, that is a premium price, but in all fairness, it does seem to be a premium product. This cod is velvety and smooth with a decadent beer batter to match. The enticing coating isn't too thick, but isn't waifishly thin either. What's more, the fish is fried right, such that nary a hint of grease clings to the loins. It's grade-A stuff for sure, but man, it'll cost ya.
Partnering with the flaky fish are a bevy of matchstick fries, which are fine, but nothing over the top. Their sheer numbers made a nice resting spot for the four fat loins, but other than that were fairly standard. Two kinds of sauces attempted to keep thing fresh although they didn't seem to vary much. Both were thin and very tartar-like, to the point where I thought maybe I just got two of the same thing? Sure, I used them all, but if you put any sauce on the plate I'm probably gonna eat eat and that includes the homemade ketchup was incredibly pungent and vinegar-forward.
A sweet homemade slaw was a welcome addition to the pricey plate and I'd definitely like to get my lips on it again. The bread on the other hand was absent so there's so I can't eat that again if I would want to or not.
Finding the Friday night groove isn't the easiest of tasks for a lot of places, but it seems Gates & Brovi has done it, just at an exorbitant price point. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and will probably stop by again if we are in the area and feel like going all out. Oh, and did I mention, they are one of the more kid-friendly places in town? So that's a huge feather in their cap, and well worth our extra $10...
3502 Monroe Street
Madison, WI 53711