During Entertainment Markham’s showcase of local restaurants, from May 1 to August 31, Markham residents dug into pizzas, oysters, filets mignons, curries, and gelato. When all the plates were cleared and belts loosened, diners filled out a short online survey to qualify for coupons distributed by other participating establishments. The Markham Board of Trade used the feedback collected to recognize the restaurant that went above and beyond.
Danny’s Fish & Chips had the highest scores in the categories of food, service, value for money, and overall experience. It was also the most frequently recommended by customers to friends and family. A Markham staple for 15 years, Danny’s has won reader’s choice awards for “Best Fish and Chips” on multiple occasions, but owner Ike Chatur wasn’t taking any chances this time. Once he decided to “go for it,” he handed out hundreds of coupons and drew large crowds.
Originally from Tanzania, Chatur moved to Canada in 1984 and became a real estate agent, but fond memories of helping out at a friend’s fish and chip shop stayed with him. He scouted Danny’s location for a client. When the deal didn’t go through, he jumped at the opportunity and bought the place himself, making fish and chips history.
Chatur credits the quality of his food for his success. He buys his fish fresh and whole, and slices and prepares them in-store. His special techniques lead to light, non-greasy fare and have won him plenty of admirers, even among those who claim to dislike fish. His conversion approach? Fish prepared “popcorn style, in small pieces and lightly battered.” Hungry, anyone?
Danny’s Fish & Chips (4721 Highway 7) is open Tuesday through Saturday.