Fish and chips is a classic in Aussie cuisine—classic, unadulterated comfort food. Whether you are heading out for a night on the town, ordering in for a night on the couch with Netflix, or looking for a lazy bite after a beach day, fish and chips will always be our go-to.
It’s something about the perfect compatibility between a crunchy, crisp, beer battered chip and flawless, flaky fish that makes us think of our warm and sunny home. To ensure you're not wasting your energies on sub-par seafood, we've gone and done the hard yards, performing the strenuous task of taste-testing every fish and chippery in Brisbane. So here it is, the fruits of our labour; the absolute best fish and chip shops in Brisbane. Save us a potato scallop!
The Fishery is serving up all things fish in their Milton shop. With the owner having over 20 years of experience working with Australian and New Zealand seafood, you can be rest assured he knows exactly how to get the freshest fish and how best to cook it. Ask him for daily specials, have it cooked to perfection, and you won’t be disappointed!
Clayfield Seafood Markets
If you live on the North side and are hankering for some crumbed, flaky goodness, Clayfield Seafood Markets are your best bet. Everything is delivered fresh, and prepared and cooked in store. On top of serving some of Brisbane’s best seafood, they also make sure there are plenty of gluten free options for all you coeliacs out there.
Out for a night in West End and looking for a cheeky fish and chips to see you through? Sea Fuel is there for you, with 30 years of experience and all the fish and chips you could dream of. The restaurant also has a full bar, stocked with free-flowing beer, cider, and wine to accompany your meal and kickstart the pregame. Choose from their wide range of fish being crumbed, grilled, or battered for dine-in or take away at this next-level fish and chippery.
The Fishmonger’s Wife
The Fishmonger’s Wife is cooking up a storm in Hawthorne, and we are all in for their awesome fish and chips. Their wide range of fish is cooked one of three ways, with Japanese bread crumbs, French beer batter, or traditionally grilled. The entire restaurant has an Asian influence, in everything from the décor to the option to swap your chips out for jasmine rice for a healthy choice (but let’s be real, we’re all getting the chips).
Reef Seafood & Sushi
I think we can all agree that Brisbane has a serious deficit in good sashimi. Luckily Reef Seafood and Sushi is here to change all that. But why not put have your sushi with a side of fish and chips? We think the mix just makes sense, and we know Reef has our backs no matter how we like our aquatic feast.
One Fish Two Fish
Taking over the spot recently vacated by Banter Bar, One Fish Two Fish is another slightly posh fish ‘n chippy wooing Kangaroo Point locals. Their menu is an eclectic mix of seafood dishes, drawing on all corners of the globe for inspiration to bring us shellfish pot-au-feu, seafood risotto, and softshell crab sliders, as well as a menu of gourmet chips. Housed in a converted Queenslander, One Fish is perfect for a casual dinner, a cheeky takeaway, or a leisurely sunday sesh.
Based in Rosalie, Fish Lovers is a family owned shop that focuses on supplying the very best fresh, Queensland produce available. The fish here is beautifully battered, crumbed or grilled and is melt-in-your-mouth delicious. For a whole lot of fishy delishy, try the snapper with one of Fish Lovers’ freshly-made salads and a big ol’ serve of chips.
The Fish Factory
A favourite with the locals, The Fish Factory in Morningside has quite literally weathered fire and flood. You know their stuff is good because they’re a fresh seafood market, so everything you get to eat is incredibly fresh and the very best produce available. The menu includes fishy favourites like Whiting, Barramundi and King Snapper, but they also have extra treats like grilled Salmon, Moreton Bay Bugs and amazing fish burgers.
Landlocked Coorparoo didn’t always spring to mind when someone suggested going for fish and chips, until Jen Byrnes and Patrick Law had something to say about it. Already running Martha Street Kitchen in Camp Hill, these two decided to open Perch’d as a means of providing high quality, low key fish and chips to the Coorparoo pocket. Set inside a breezy Queenslander, Perch’d has a relaxed and modern vibe, complemented by a simple but punchy menu of classic fish and chips. It’s worth noting that everything from the chips to the sauces is made in-house from scratch, and all fish is sourced seasonally so it’s fresh as it gets.
With their mantra as ‘caught local, for locals’, Spotted Cod sources the best seafood from as close to our shores as possible. Here you’ll find all the classics, including handmade onion rings and potato scallops, as well as delicious hearty burgers for those who have a little extra room in their stomach.
The Barra Boys
Perched on the corner of Stanley Street East and Edgar Street, The Barra Boys is not your average fish and chip shop. Their seafood is sourced daily and cooked to perfection—grilled, battered or crumbed. However you like your fish, tuck into it in while lounging under the sun in their alfresco seating. Give their barramundi burger a try if you’re craving something different.
This long-standing seafood joint boasts some prime burgers, sandwiches and rolls, as well as sizzling, deep-fried fish. Rainworth Seafood’s delicious options are also great value for money, with a serve of a dozen calamari only costing you $7.50—your wallet will thank you.
Fish Kitchen is a seafood sanctuary with an array of specialities, serving everything from classic fish and chips to unique gourmet specialties such as dukkah crusted barramundi and swordfish souvlaki. Take a stroll through the little fish market downstairs where you can choose your own seafood from their burstingly fresh selection, and then experience the taste of that freshness upstairs where the dishes are beautifully presented.
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