Fish ‘n’ chips. They’re pretty much our national tucker. Now, we’re sure this list will be hotly contested—we all have a local, and we all seem to be fiercely loyal to that beloved local. However, people are slowly opening up to battling traffic and driving across town for the promise of the best fillet available. And that’s not the only thing changing. These fish and chipperies are jumping on the health buzz, creating goodish-for-you sides, ditching the deep fryer, and even introducing exotic seafood.
Here are our picks of best fish and chips shops in Auckland.
The Ancient Mariner
Not the most famous chippie in the village, but The Ancient Mariner can do no wrong in our eyes. They’ve got a quirky pirate theme going on, which is all too amusing after a couple of rosés. Barrel tables and menu puns aside, these guys serve up traditional style fish and chips with a Mt Eden edge (grilled snapper please). For those in team Gluten Free, The Ancient Mariner actually cook all gf food completely separately, so you’re safe.
After having your ear chewed off by the world’s chattiest (and friendliest) guy at the counter, you can quickly tell that this is fish ‘n’ chips Herne Bay style. Fish tacos, whitebait fritters, quinoa salad, and soft shell crab burgers; FishSmith is the crème de la crème of fish and chips. With no deep-fried balls of shark in sight, FishSmith offers a healthy version of our favourite ‘greasy’ takeaway. You can pick up fresh fillets to cook at home or get them to do it for a couple of extra dollars—worth it.
Mt Eden Village Fish Shop
So while we’ve established that The Ancient Mariner is a great spot for some fish and chips in Mt Eden, of course the Mt Eden Village Fish Shop deserves a mention! This place has a serious following…you’re lucky if you can squeeze through the door at dinnertime. The Mt Eden Fish Shop is exactly what the same says, fish first, chips second. This places functions as a fully-fledged fishmonger with a wide range of fish and seafood available to take home. Everything in the window can be crumbed or grilled to order, but their beer batter is so damn good we’d recommend sticking with that…or maybe we’re just partial to beer.
Sea Cow on the Bay
Sea Cow on the Bay takes it up another fish and chip notch on the Mission Bay main strip. This is a marked departure from the old fish & chips locals you’re used to. You can even—shock, horror—eat in at Sea Cow on the Bay! Although, with the beach across the road it’s hard to see why you would…rain, perhaps?
What do you get when Auckland’s finest burger slingers open their very own fish shop? Fish Fish, that’s what. Yes, you heard correctly, Mimi and her ingenious team behind Burger Burger have a fabulous double restaurant in Takapuna that you'll want to head to, stat. You'll find a full range of fish, including snapper, salmon, John Dory and Hoki. Enjoy your chips in true Kiwi style—inside freshly buttered white bread and Jimmy's chunky chips. Does get it get any better?
Yeah that burger place. Yes, the burgers are bigger than your face, but word to your mother, the fish & chips at Big J’s are also deserving of a mention. Choose from hoki, snapper or terakihi, and pick your choice of salt to go on your chips—go for the chicken salt if you’re a closet Maggi noodle fan. Just don’t expect any of that grilling action at Big J’s—this is a straight up deep-fried situation, and unashamedly so. Go the grease.
If you’re in Waiheke and want a perfect partner for your rosé to enjoy on the beach, The Local is your best bet. The Local also has a great list of beer and wine and you can dine in if you prefer your fish and chips without a generous side of sand.
The Fish & Chip Shop
Sandringham, Westmere and Epsom
Props for the pan-fried panko as opposed to the usual deep-fried action we’re used to. The Fish & Chip Shop is a midway point between greasy and glam, and have some of the best fish and chips in Auckland.
Greenwoods Fresh Catch
No list of Auckland’s best fish and chips would be complete without mentioning the iconic Greenwoods Fresh Catch. It seems to be everyone’s favourite local neighbourhood joint, serving the nostalgic parcels of greasy goodness we all know and love. The owner is a veteran who actually goes and buys the fish from market everyday and can often be spotted wearing a sailor’s hat in the kitchen.
Auckland Fish Market (Wynyard Quarter), Albany, Botany, Mt Wellington & Silverdale
With prime position at the Auckland Fish Market, you know Oceanz knows a thing or two about fish. While there’s a wide range of seafood available, it’s their fish and chips that have us coming back again and again. The other locations serve similar menus for some good grease in the burbs.
Takapuna Beach Café and Store
Takapuna Beach Café and Store serves up a mighty good plate of fish & chips and makes you feel a little fancy while you get it in ya. Available from the Store as takeaway, or take the chance to sit down dine in. This beer-battered beauty with hand cut chips is seriously some of the best fish and chips in Auckland.
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