By Leigh O’Connor.
From the waters surrounding Australia comes a diverse bounty of unique taste sensations, which have seafood lovers salivating at the thought of fresh fish, lobster, prawns and oysters.
Whether you reel in a fresh fish yourself to cook on the barbeque, or are lured in by offerings plated up every night at a local eatery – there’s no denying Aussies love their seafood and this week we are celebrating all things fish and chips.
Take the ocean drive from water to your plate and drop a line at one of these six restaurants:
Located in a stunning position overlooking the leafy grounds of Admiralty House, celebrate fish and chip week at The Darwin Club on The Esplanade. This venue has an atmosphere of relaxed elegance, perpetuating its legacy as the oldest club in Darwin - the wooden floors, high ceilings, velvet seats and yesteryear photographs will swoop you through the ages to the 1930s.
Celebrate fish and chip week elegantly at The Darwin Club.
Offering a twist on traditional fish and chips, try the King George whiting ‘schnitzel’ – sourced from Port Lincoln in South Australia, the sweetness, tenderness and delicate flesh of this fillet combines perfectly with the crunch of the crumbs. Good fish and chips are nothing without garnish, this one comes with triple-cooked potatoes, salad and tartar sauce.
For fish and chips so good you’ll want to make every day Friday, swim on into Fish Social on Riversdale Road in Hawthorn. The Fish Social philosophy starts and ends with respect, from catch to plate the best produce is sourced from local fisheries, which support the environment.
Expect fish and chips with a twist – think Panko crumbed fish, miso and mirin-glazed salmon, golden chips with vinegar salt and real potato cakes; or take home a piece of fresh fish for an easy weeknight dinner for the family.
Built on quality, Templestowe locals head to The Hungry Seagull to get their fish and chip fix. Committed to serving the freshest seafood, farmed only from the Australian coast, along with meat from grass-fed cows in West Gippsland, this well-loved fast food joint projects a nautical vibe of vibrant blue décor, along with a feature wall of seagulls flying in search of a stray chip.
Grab a family fish deal from The Hungry Seagull in Templestowe.
Whether you like your fish grilled, crumbed, or battered, there is a piece to tempt all tastes; perhaps hook a fillet of grilled Atlantic salmon to go with a Greek salad, or reel in some salt and pepper calamari. The hungriest seagulls may cast their net for a family fish deal, with dim sims, potato cakes, salad, chips and soft drink.
Continuing a family journey to make real a place where people from all walks of life come together to celebrate through delicious food, Brother Bon on High Street brings vegan and vegetarian Asian fare to Northcote. From the beautiful wooden chess table to comfy couches and potted greenery, relax in an oasis of calm, or perch on a stool at the recycled timber window bench and watch the world pass by.
There’s even fish and chips on the menu – devour banana flowers dry-rubbed with seafood spice blend, then fried to perfection and served with chips, butter mashed peas, salad and chunky tartar sauce; best washed down with a Saigon Sunset cocktail.
For more than 150 years, The Kangaroo Hotel on High Street has been the gathering place and watering hole for Maldon locals. Affectionately called ‘The Roo’, this iconic country gastro pub reeks of a colourful and rich past, as well as serving hearty meals, cold beer, warm cheer and anecdotes from yesteryear.
Grab an icy ale and a plate of market-fresh flathead tails in beer batter, served with chips and salad; or perhaps Tasmanian salmon takes your fancy, with roasted chat potatoes, steamed vegetables and Hollandaise sauce.
The freshest award-winning fish and chips, along with wholesale seafood, await Queenscliff locals at Trident Fish Bar on Gellibrand Street. This family-owned and operated business has more than 30 years’ experience in the seafood industry, delivering freshly supplied and locally caught fish, often sourced live.
Handpick your own fish, such as Atlantic salmon, blue grenadier, King George whiting and flake, to be cooked your way – battered, crumbed or grilled – along with housemade potato cakes, chips and Greek salad. There are also gluten-free options for those with dietary requirements.
Still looking to net a good fish and chippery? Click here for more seafood restaurants and cafés near you.