Rain, hail and sneeze-free, summer is the ultimate outdoor weather season...and if you’ve been living in Melbourne for a certain (extended) period of time, you’ll know how (critically) important it is to grab good weather with both hands and hold tight. We’ve teamed up with our favourite luxe takeaway restaurant, Fish & Chippery by The Atlantic, to help you plan the ultimate summer picnic date this year!
1. Pick A Winning Personality
Whether that’s your one true bae, the whole rowdy crew or your favourite foodie friend (you know you have one), it’s important to choose the right picnic partner in crime. After endless stilted family Christmas events, you deserve a day out when you don’t have to justify your quirky overalls or summery beach styled hair.
2. Plan Your Pit-Stop Ahead
Crown Riverwalk is bordered by one of the most iconic, glittering rivers in Melbourne! Nestled alongside the much loved Yarra River, Fish & Chippery by The Atlantic is your one-stop takeaway shop. Trust us, their signature Ethel’s mashed potato cakes are as important as your picnic rug. Scout out your favourite sun-soaked spot along the Yarra River ahead of the big day, or snag a popular seat at Fish & Chippery by The Atlantic’s outdoor deck.
3. Fresh Oysters & Thai Fish Cakes…Don’t Be Koi On The Starters!
Creamy-on-the-inside and crispy-on-the-outside, you’ll want their signature Ethel’s mashed potato cakes to nibble on. If your adorkable picnic happens to fall on a Monday, these little beauties are just a buck a pop! Dip Fish & Chippery by The Atlantic’s Thai Fish Cakes in rich sweet chilli sauce or order a small army of fresh natural oysters for a luxe start to your picnic.
4. Order Fish Combos So Good Its Pretty Cray
Grilled salmon, beer battered flake or tender salt & pepper squid served with creamy garlic aioli…has there ever been a harder decision?! For fishy traditionalists, deals like the British Combo brings the best of the ocean to your fork with beer battered fish, Ethel’s mashed potato cake, pickled onions, mushy peas and tartare sauce.
5. Or Take The Road Less Travelled
Tempura soft shell crab wraps with wombok salad, bean sprouts, black sesame and to-die-for goma dressing is just one of the few options to take your picnic to the next foodie-approved level. Enjoy crispy chicken buns, miso marinade rockling fillet buns and a huge range of vibrant, summery salads if your date-ee is still sticking to their NYE resolutions.
6. And Fin-tastic Drinks To Match!
The ultimate picnic date needs the ultimate summer drinks to accompany your meal. Luckily for you, Fish & Chippery by The Atlantic have rosé, white wine, boutique cider and all your favourite beers…hook, line and drinker!
7. …Better Yet, Order Out!
With delivery by UberEATS, Foodora and Deliveroo available, you won’t have to move an inch to fill up your picnic basket. Plus if you enter Fish & Chippery by The Atlantic's epic competition below, you'll be in the running to win a picnic for up to 8 people! You cod not ask for more.
Pre-planning your ultimate picnic? Scout out the Fish & Chippery by The Atlantic's menu here.
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