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Find out why Ray’s is the best seafood restaurant in Orlando

Since 2006 Ray’s has been serving the best and freshest seafood in Orlando. Any of our customers can tell you why they think Ray’s Fish and Chip is the best seafood restaurant in Orlando. We thought you might like to read some of the rave reviews from some of Orlando’s top food critics.

 

orlando sentinel review fish chips orlando“Fish & Chips is all that and much more”
By Heather McPherson, Orlando Sentinel

Owner Raymond Goonewardeena grew up in Sri Lanka, “but learned to cook in the Bronx.” The weather brought him to Florida and a welcoming community  has made Central Florida his home.

The restaurant’s menu “is a fusion of where I grew up, influences I have picked up along the way and my own favorite foods,” Goonewardeena says.

The restaurant’s namesake entrees do the Brits proud. Depending on market availability, guests can choose from haddock, cod, catfish, whiting and Florida black grouper. The fish was blanketed in a golden brown crunchy coating and the potato planks (the chips) were hot-from-the-fryer crisp.

Keep your fingers crossed for the she crab bisque. The soup has generous lumps of crab meat and is kissed with just the right amount of sherry. The New England Style clam chowder is equally as good.

A reader tip sent me to Fish & Chips and I am forever grateful.

eating orlando review fish and chips apopka“Best fish & chips in Orlando”
By EatingOrlando.com

A while back, readers made their pick for the best fish and chips in Orlando. I just realized that I never told you my favorite. Well, ladies and gentleman, my choice for the best fish and chips in all of Central Florida is Fish and Chips Restaurant in Apopka.
Step inside the shop and you are overwhelmed by the lingering scent of malt vinegar. The sweet smell is intoxicating. One sniff and your stomach readies itself for fried fish.
 
It’s a simple setup inside: chairs and tables line one wall and a small bar/counter serves beer and wine. Beer signs glow above the bar and decorative fishing nets hang from the ceiling.
 
The menu is simple; it’s focus squarely on freshly-prepared fried fish. Yes, there’s a chicken breast and a burger thrown in, but everyone comes for the fish. The fish and chips selection includes haddock, cod, whiting, catfish and black grouper.
 
On my most recent visit, I chose the cod fish (market price/$10.45). The cod was dipped in a beer batter and served deep fried. The piece was large, crisp, not greasy at all, moist, and flakey inside. A piece of fried fish just doesn’t get much better than this. The steak cut fries (chips) were fried just as golden. The coleslaw was not overly sweet and not overly runny. It was, in fact, just about perfect.
 

That being said about the fish and chips, the real reason I keep coming back to the restaurant again and again is for the fried oysters ($7.95). They are heavenly. The very large oysters are battered fresh, and served piping hot. The breading is crunchy, and the succulent oysters inside explode with a salty-sweet bang when you bite into them. I’ve truly never tasted oysters this good.

Service is friendly, yet unobtrusive. A husband-and-wife team run the place, and they clearly understand how proper fish and chips should be served. Start with the freshest seafood you can find, dip it into a nicely-seasoned batter, fry to golden, and serve it hot and with a smile. They’ve nailed it at Fish and Chips.

For the best fish and chips in Orlando (and incredible oysters), do yourself a favor and visit Fish and Chips Restaurant soon.
 

4 ½ Beer-Battered Goodness out of 5

 

“New restaurant has a way with fried fish and crab cakes” by Scott Joseph, Orlando Sentinel

The Hound has come across a new fish and chips restaurant. It’s called Fish and Chips Restaurant. Actually, it serves more than just fish and chips, but a sign that reads Fish and Chips and Sandwiches and Steaks and Chicken and Coleslaw would be too long for the front of this little eatery.

Fish and chips, of course, is that popular pairing from Great Britain wherein fish, usually cod, is breaded and deep-fried and served with fries, also deep-fried, which are known in the U.K. as chips. I’ve always thought that was odd, but you have to admit that fries isn’t such a great name either. If we were to follow that through, we would call baked potatoes bakes. The British call baked potatoes jacket potatoes. Mushes would make more sense.

F and C is the project of Raymond and Ruth Goonewardena, who, for the record, are not British but have a good sense of how a proper fish and chips dish should taste. But they go beyond the traditional, and besides cod offer versions with grouper, trout, whiting and catfish.

I tried the cod and the catfish on separate visits, and I liked both just fine. Both had a light breading, and neither was greasy. But I particularly liked the catfish with its distinctive flavor, mild yet somewhat earthy.

I also had a Chesapeake Bay crab cake that was quite tasty. It features a big cake fashioned out of shredded crab meat and just enough fillings to hold it together served on a soft kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce. It was also served with fries but was not called crab cake and chips.


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