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Fillet-O-Fish from McDonald’s [Review]

The Fillet-O-Fish from McDonald’s is somewhat of an anomaly. Not only is it the only fish-based item on the menu but the staff doesn’t always know it exists. In fact, when ordering the item for review, the workers behind the counter gave me quite a few puzzled looks.

I mentioned this particular item in my recent ‘5 items you probably didn’t know were on the SA McDonald’s menu‘ piece. Having eaten it more than a decade ago, I decided it was time to give the rarely spoken about offering another chance.

What is the Fillet-O-Fish made of?

The first thing to take note of is that the Fillet-O-Fish is not a large burger. In fact, it’s a bit larger than a standard cheeseburger. It comes packed with a fried hake patty, a slice of cheese, and — according to the menu — “tartar sauce”. I put tartar sauce in quotation marks as my burger instead contained mayonnaise. This appears to have been a one-off event as the Kenilworth branch used tartar sauce.

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I don’t have any problem with the mayonnaise from McDonald’s. But the lack of tartar sauce shows that either the staff didn’t know what was ordered, or the burger isn’t ordered enough to keep the condiment on hand.

How does the Fillet-O-Fish taste?

The patty itself is nothing to write home about. If you’re a fan of fish fingers, well then you’ll more than likely enjoy the Fillet-O-Fish. It is a little odd that the marketing materials all state that it’s fish, but only the ingredients on the website state that it contains hake. After all, fish is a very broad term (and apparently doesn’t exist).

From the McDonald’s website:

Once caught, our fish is immediately inspected, skinned, deboned, cut into fillets and quick-frozen into blocks. It is then cut into square portions and inspected again before being breaded, packed, frozen and sealed for shipment.

The cheese is a nice, interesting touch to the meal. It’s not something I would have ever considered on a fish burger, but then again, much like the mayonnaise, McDonald’s cheese slices seem to make everything better.

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What does it come with?

Much like any McDonald’s meal, the standard Fillet-O-Fish comes with chips and a soft drink. I would like to add that you’ll probably want to add a cheeseburger or chicken burger in addition as the fish burger isn’t all that filling.

Final thoughts

It is fantastic that McDonald’s offers a fish option on its menu, though some variety to the offering would be nice. For those of you who love fish burgers, the Fillet-O-Fish may not be the right option for you. If you’re a fan of fish fingers, well then this one is for you.


  • Price: R23.00 (burger) / R43.00 (medium meal)
  • Branch purchased from: McDonald’s Durbanville, Cape Town

Disclosure: the review item was purchased and paid for by Next Window Plz.

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About Graham van der Made

Graham loves hamburgers, pizza, and sushi. It's love for food that first sparked the idea for this website. He's also a geek and writer.

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  1. Well done. I fully agree.. big love from the USA.

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