Two Minutes with Swampdog’s Richard Webb

By AJ James
9th Oct 2013

We're big fans of Swampdog's Richard Webb for several reasons. He's an all round cool cat, man of the ocean, lover of  exploration (follow his instagram of swampdogfandc for fishing trips, SEQ outings, and coal-fire cooking), and notably, the guy who brings us the most delicious AND ethically sourced fish and chips in Brisbane.

Meaning, when we front up to see him (often on a weekly basis) we know we're not stripping away the ocean's supplies every time we order our Mackerel cutlet topped with pineapple and coriander salsa (by George, it's good!) or the popcorn prawns… So take two with this fishing-rod-yielding legend.

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TUL: Describe in one sentence what you do for work?
Owner and operator of West End's Swampdog; A place for Brisbane to come for a meal or takeaway of ethically sourced fish and chips. We operate on the motto of "Good for you, Good for me and Good for the sea!".  That was more than a sentence…

TUL: What is the best part about bringing us ethically sourced fish and chips?
The people we deal with—our customers, fishers, aqua-culturalists, biologists, environmentalists etc.

TUL: If you weren't bringing us some of the city's best fish and chips what would you be doing?
Walking along a tropical sand flat with a fly rod.

TUL: What do you want people to take away from your plates?
That eating better choice fish is not at all a sacrifice, and by broadening your fish-eating-horizons you can  enter an exciting culinary adventure.

TUL: If you were an animal what would you be?
Not a Fish, that's for sure. The ocean is a cruel place!

TUL: If you could have a super power what would it be?
I'd like to teleport at will.

TUL: The last thing you purchased?
A new camp shower on Straddie last week.

TUL: Best way to spend 50 dollars?
Flowers for my wife.

TUL: And the best way to spend 500 dollars?
Add a bit more, and stay at Spicer's Peak Lodge, Scenic Rim.

TUL: You're listening to…
As I type this my son Luke is playing Tupac...What the heck?

TUL: The best gift that you have ever received?
I just read this one out to Luke and he said "Your 3 sons!" He might well be right, but don't tell him I said so.

TUL: The best gift that you have ever given?
My wife's engagement ring.

TUL: What would you request for your last meal on earth?
Oysters and champagne with my wife.

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TUL: What's a day at Swampdog look like?
Early start at 5.30am buying fish (often with some chefs in tow) as part of Back at Swampdog by 9am-ish. Plan the market specials based on the morning's catch. We open at 12pm and close at 8.30pm. The day is punctuated with chats to suppliers, fishers, customers, and other interested parties like Australian Marine Conservation society, Greenpeace, etc.

TUL: Favorite city… other than Brisbane?
Ljubljana, Slovenia. It's one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities I've ever seen, and the trout fishing is pretty good, too!

TUL: 3 places in Brisbane you couldn't live without?
The Bay Islands, the inner-city riverside parklands, and the upper brisbane river (great fly fishing for Australian Bass).

TUL: Favorite Brisbane coffee spot?
Ugees, Westend. But, soon, Vulture's Treat.

TUL: Favorite Brisbane restaurant?
Too many. Esquire is as good as it's reputation; Pablo at Ortiga is a humble genius. And it's been a couple of years, but I've had some excellent meals at Montrachet.

TUL: Place for a drink?
Had a great time last week at Stokehouse for drinks and tapas with friends.

TUL: Biggest Indulgence?
Fly fishing tackle. More a necessity than an indulgence, isn't it?

TUL: Latest Brisbane discovery?
Depo, West End.

TUL: What's next for you?
I've got a few things in the pipeline. We'll have to wait and see.

Image Credit: Daniel Maddock

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