In the age of ramen burgers and waffles shaped like Hello Kitty, those time-honoured Aussie classics often get put on the back burner. But after a day at the beach or one spent soaking up the sun, there isn’t a meal quite as perfect as fish and chips. It’s time this Aussie tradition got the treatment it deserved and these fish and chip shops in Sydney are the ones that are doing it right.
With a pun so bad it’s good, we were sold the minute we stopped by this Surry Hills restaurant. What’s also kind of great is that we can now have some pretty bangin’ fish and chips even when we’re inland. All the usual cooking styles are available at Surry Gills (i.e. grilled or fried) with your choice of fish and, of course, a side of beer battered fries.
Crown Street Fish Shop
Crown Street Fish Shop is not the fish and chips shop from your childhood memories up north, which is kind of why we love this Surry Hills stalwart. They’ve ditched the linoleum for long timber tables which just makes biting in to that crunchy battered fillet so much more enjoyable. Add in a side of mushy peas and it tastes like home.
Fish on Bourke
With a dish as simple as fish and chips, there’s no place to hide. Thankfully the barramundi and chippies combo from Fish on Bourke in Redfern has no qualms about showing off its fins. This one comes pan-fried and is available through to dinner.
The Traditional Chip Shop
If you do fish and chips wrong in Sydney, word is you get banned for life. But considering the quality of the fish and chips coming out of The Traditional Chip Shop, we’re certain these guys will be around for a while. Leaving the typical snapper fillet aside, this local chooses to dip North Atlantic Cod and Haddock into their batter reminiscent of fish and chips on the Brighton pier.
The Fish Shop
Less local corner shop, more Hamptons seaside bungalow, The Fish Shop in Potts Point offers a more modern twist on this Aussie staple. For a hint of South East Asia, they’ve paired barramundi with a sweet and sour curry and green mango salad. But for the traditionalists out there, their battered fish and chips is definitely something to write home about. Ever had fish and chips with a pina colada? Do, it’ll change your life.
North Bondi Fish
Pretty much as close as you can get to the sea without being underwater, North Bondi Fish only uses the freshest of produce which makes for some pretty stellar fish and chips. But we think it’d be worth your while it going against the grain and order the whole baked baby snapper for a change. Resting on a bed of rainbow chard with gremolata, it’s a refreshing twist on this Aussie classic.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
We were hooked upon first bite into the beer battered fish and chips at Watsons Bay Hotel. Crunchy, golden and yet still moist on the inside, it’s no wonder why this Watsons Bay restaurant is so busy on the weekends. The other must-do for your summer feasting? Their deluxe seafood platter. Grab your friends and enjoy.
A Fish Called Coogee
For the perfect end to a day at the beach, you better stop by A Fish Called Coogee. This one comes with hand-cut chips that have the odd bit of skin left which makes all the difference. Combine that with their tempura batter and a range of surprising sauces (think lime and coconut) it’s fish made to order and made exactly how you like it.
Just keep swimming till you reach this Manly favourite. Appealing to the masses, you’re classic fried fillet sits alongside a range of grilled options for those working on their summer rig. Just as tasty and with a side of salad, you still get the taste of the sea without having to sign up for bootcamp.
Only serving up the best seasonal catches of the day, Ocean Foods as made a name for itself as one of Sydney’s best. Having been on the scene for no less than 30 years, this Drummoyne veteran know its stuff and has been awarded Sydney’s Best Fish and Chips for years and years. What’s even better is that you can order your catch either grilled, fried or crumbed online.
Head upstream to this northside haven and delight in the deliciousness that is The Boathouse’s beer battered flathead. Complete with chips, their housemade tartare with a side of fresh lemon, it’s classic, it’s light and it’s in a beautiful part of the world.
Only using fish that’s been sustainably caught, that same care is applied to the fish and chips available at Bondi’s Best takeaway outpost just steps away from the beach. Feel free to get into a heated debate about the virtues of crumbed versus battered. Conversations will get heated, friendships will be tested but delicious fish and chips either way will be had.
Bottom Of The Harbour
This Balmain mainstay has been a favourite amongst locals for years, perfecting that light crispy batter that we all crave. Right off of Balmoral Beach, whether you order the standard or are more of a grilled fish with salad kind of gal, it’s the best of sea right here. Available till late, grab your takeaway and bring along a beach towel so you can enjoy your grub with a side of sunset and serenity.
Image credit: Daryl Kong at the Traditional Chip Shop