Review: Big Fish Sandwich and the New Big Fish Deluxe Sandwich from Burger King
Although I reviewed the BK Big Fish over five years ago, it’s gone through some changes recently and a deluxe version added to the mix made the decision to revisit a lot easier. I took advantage of Burger King’s 2 for $5 deal and killed two fish with one stone. Here’s my take on the Big Fish Sandwich (version 2.0?) and the new Big Fish Deluxe Sandwich.
This is a good time to add Burger King to your fast food choices since it’s a pretty solid value. If you don’t take advantage of the 2 for $5 promo offered up on the fish sandwiches and the Big King, Spicy Original Chicken Sandwich, and Original Chicken Sandwich, the prices might be jarring. At my local BK in Maryland, the Big Fish Sandwich was priced at $3.99 and the new Big Fish Deluxe Sandwich was $4.09. Now is the time to sample the goods if you’re on the fence about the sandwiches. The promo price is a pretty good value and paying regular entree price will be a tough pill to swallow.
The Big Fish Sandwich is described like this:
Our Big Fish Sandwich is 100% White Alaskan Pollock, breaded with crispy panko breading and topped with sweet tartar sauce, tangy pickles, all on top of a toasted Artisan Style bun.
On the BK Big Fish Sandwich that I reviewed back in 2009, one of the biggest problems I had was the bread. I said “the bread is overwhelmingly dry. It makes the entire sandwich have more of a bread taste than a fish taste.” The updated Big Fish Sandwich does a great job to correct this issue by switching up from the corn dusted disaster of a bun to an excellent toasted “Artisan Style” bun. The bun is a quality upgrade and is a dense, yet soft and chewy stable base that makes for a great sandwich bread. I liked this bun in the BK Rib Sandwich, but it was actually toasted with my Big Fish so it was a nice plus. The “100% White Alaskan Pollock” patty had a thicker panko breading than the previous incarnation and that extra crisp crunch added nice hearty texture to the sandwich. Unfortunately, the texture of the breading is the only positive with the fish patty. I found the crust of the fish to taste like slightly burned fish sticks and the fish itself is kind of bland without a good crust to support it. If you’re familiar with Burger King, you’ll know they struggle with lettuce. The promo picture lettuce is definitely not even close to the crap they really use. The tartar sauce and pickles rounded out the ingredients to kick in that creamy sweetness and sour flavor. The sandwich seemed like a worthy upgrade from the last version, but the pros don’t outweigh the con of that fish patty.
The new Big Fish Deluxe Sandwich is described like this:
Our Big Fish Sandwich Deluxe Sandwich is 100% White Alaskan Pollock, breaded with crispy panko breading and topped with melted American cheese, freshly cut lettuce, crisp onions, crunchy pickles, our signature king sauce, all on top of a toasted Artisan Style bun.
The new Big Fish Deluxe Sandwich was only 10-cents extra and seemed to have some decent upgrades. First of all, the sandwich just looks and feels a lot bigger than the regular Big Fish Sandwich. Everything about the Big Fish Sandwich is transferred over to the Deluxe except for a slice of American cheese (a la McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish), rings of raw onion, and King Sauce instead of tartar sauce. These three ingredients all appeared to make the Big Fish Deluxe different enough to get its own review. It turns out that the cheese and onions had almost no impact at all. The King Sauce has enough sweet and tangy flavor to be the true noticeable difference between the regular Big Fish and the Deluxe.
It’s hard to be able to recommend one Burger King fish sandwich over the other. You might be able to save yourself a dime if you just get the $3.99 Big Fish and switch out the sauces. Unfortunately, the cheese and onions don’t show up with the Deluxe.
I’m still a little puzzled with the sizes of the sandwiches as the Deluxe looked noticeably bigger. A slice of cheese and a smattering of onions won’t do much to bulk up a sandwich, but take a look at the picture below. Big Fish Sandwich half on the left, Big Fish Deluxe Sandwich half on the right. Maybe it’s an optical illusion? Even the bread looks bigger with the Deluxe.
Over the last 5 years the Big Fish has gone through a couple of changes. It’s nearly a dollar more now for the sandwich alone and the bread upgrade doesn’t help out the value that much. I felt the sandwich was an OK value for its size back in 2009. With economic changes the price hovering around four bucks in 2014 is expected, but I recommend not wasting your money on anything but the 2 for $5 deal.
The BK Fish Sandwich is better than the last version mainly for the upgraded bun. It’s still barely average, but it managed to work its way beyond mediocre. The Deluxe might be your thing if you have a craving for the sauce found on the Big King burger. At 2 for $5 the disappointment won’t hit too hard.
Pros: The artisan style bun is great. 2 for $5 promo. Pretty good sized sandwich.
Cons: The taste of generic brand frozen fish sticks that have been baked too long. The prices without the 2 for $5 deal. Burger King iceberg lettuce.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $3.99 or $4.09 for the Deluxe (part of the 2 for $5 Mix & Match deal)
Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10
More Info: http://www.bk.com
Big Fish Sandwich - 530 calories, 27 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 54 grams of carbs, 1360 milligrams of sodium, 7 grams of sugar, 17 grams of protein
Big Fish Deluxe Sandwich - 580 calories, 31 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 54 grams of carbs, 1650 milligrams of sodium, 8 grams of sugar, 20 grams of protein