The round-up: Brisbane’s best fish-and-chip spots
Few cuisines suit the Australian summer more than fish and chips. Battered, crumbed or fried – as long as it comes wrapped tightly in a paper parcel with a slice of lemon and some chips and calamari on the side then anything goes. Brisbane has a bunch of great, local fish and chip spots and with the seasons about to change we thought it would be a good idea to encourage you to get your fin fix while the weather is warm.
One Fish Two Fish, Kangaroo Point: If you’ve been hankering for an inventive take on seafood, One Fish Two Fish will capture your tongues hook, line and sinker. One Fish Two Fish serves up a selection of modern interpretations of classic seafood dishes (think crumbed calamari rings, battered cod and panko-crumbed flounder goujoins) as well as a dedicated potato menu offering shoestring fries, potato scallops and potato bake with nduja sausage sprinkled with your choice of sea salt, chicken salt, vinegar salt or Cajun gun powder.
The Fishmonger’s Wife, Hawthorne: Hawthorne’s award-winning fish and chips destination is popular for its range of top-quality fish, varied cooking techniques and original recipes. Its takeaway menu features traditional and specialty items, including grilled spicy Thai octopus, wild wattleseed cod, Tahitian lime coconut cream snapper and grilled barramundi with coriander butter. The Fishmonger’s Wife all boasts a gluten-free batter and dedicated fryer for coeliac-friendly morsels!
Costa’s Seafood Cafe, Capalaba: Family owned and operated, this Capalaba-based fish and chipper has racked up numerous accolades from fish aficionados and takeaway tastemakers alike. Locals are known to come in and clean the place out, ordering everything from hot and cold seafood platters to burgers. In addition to the fish (of which there is plenty), Costa’s also serves flash-fried squid, grilled baby octopus, crumbed sausages, corn jacks, potato scallops, Tasmanian oysters.
Clayfield Seafood Market, Clayfield: Recognised as one of Australia’s best fish-and-chip spots, this fishmonger scores deliveries of trawler-fresh fish six days a week, so you are almost guaranteed the best catch. The takeaway menu boasts the likes of grilled Tasmanian Atlantic salmon burgers, prawn cutlets battered in beer from Newstead Brewing, humongous family packs and more. Well worth a visit!
The Fish Factory, Morningside: Most seafood-savvy souls will know that Morningside’s The Fish Factory is one of the city’s best resources for fresh fish and ocean-born morsels. But how does its takeaway offering stack up? Pretty darn well, from what we’ve tasted. The Fish Factory team funnels many of its best bites into its takeaway menu, which starts with old-school snacks (dim sims, prawn spring rolls and crumbed crab claws) and progresses to an assortment of fresh fillets – we’re talking Queensland mullet, flake, and barramundi, Tasmanian salmon, and sea perch from New Zealand.
Doug’s Seafood Cafe, Sandgate: We’ve heard that Doug’s is one of Sandgate’s best-kept secrets. If that’s the case, it won’t be secret for much longer – the family-owned fish and chipper is too good to not tell you about. The menu here is loaded with all of the classic options (including the likes of battered sav, pineapple fritters and seafood sticks), but we reckon Doug’s specialty items – think grilled garlic bugs, grilled octopus salad and the haloumi and grilled prawn salad – will have folks flocking back for a feed.
The Fishery, Milton: Milton’s The Fishery is a classy spot for delicious fish, with a window packed with fresh fillets that can be cooked to order – grilled, crumbed, battered, steamed or baked! Packs for two and packs for families are available alongside loads of whole fish and fillets, crustaceans and shellfish. Be sure to throw in a serve of calamari for good measure!
Manly Boathouse, Manly: This waterfront locale is a multifaceted hub of hospitality, boasting a restaurant, bar, cafe, patisserie, gelato bar and a fish and chippery. The latter is what we’re most interested in here, with Manly Boathouse’s seafood-slinging window an ideal spot to nab panko-crumbed cod, grilled snapper, prawn cutlets, sea scallops, crunchy chips and salads. Guests can also source fresh prawns, Moreton Bay bugs and natural oysters, which can be enjoyed on the patio or taken away to devour down by the bay.
The Kingfisher Seafood, Toowong: The Kingfisher is a favourite with Toowong locals, where you can dine alfresco in the courtyard or grab and go for a classic takeaway feast. Meals are cooked fresh to order and those dining in can BYO a bottle to enjoy alongside their feast for no corkage fee – how good!
The Barra Boys, East Brisbane and Moorooka: The Barra Boys comes from father-son duo Stace and Nick Mavris, who have been working together in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years. A variety of fresh seafood, fish and chips, salads, burgers, platters and classic snacks such as potato scallops, calamari, dim sims and Chiko Rolls feature on the menu, which is available for dine in and takeaway.
Yabbey Road, Redcliffe: You can’t cruise through Redcliffe without stopping at Yabbey Road – a fish and chippery inspired by the Fab Four. The ‘All You Need Is Fish’ menu boasts freshly crumbed fish battered to order, the Sgt. Pepper’s Bar Menu is where you’ll find salt-and-pepper calamari, while the The Walrus burger is stacked with battered cod, mushy peas and a crispy potato scallop.
Bart’s Place, Lota: A neighbourhood staple, Bart’s Place is a local secret that deserves to be shared far and wide. Located in the sleepy bayside suburb of Lota, Bart’s Place serves the likes of wild-caught barramundi, whiting, orange roughy and South Atlantic cod crumbed, battered, grilled or prepared with Cajun spice or garlic butter. Throw some salads, chips and burgers into the mix and you’ve got the makings of a Poseidon-worthy feast.
Three Girls Fishing, Graceville: Fans of Graceville cafe Three Girls Skipping were stoked to see the brunch crew expand its repertoire to include classic chippery fare. Three Girls Fishing offers a tasty take on traditional fish and chips, serving the likes of cod, barramundi, whiting and snapper alongside hand-crumbed calamari, bacon-and-chip butties, salads and more. The dispensary also serves milkshakes, for added charming corner takeaway touch.
Blue Ocean Seafood, Coorparoo: This authentic fish and chippery in Coorparoo has everything you’d want to find in your butcher’s paper-wrapped takeaway bundle, including chilli squid, salt-and-pepper chicken and porterhouse steak, but nothing beats the traditional family pack filled with cod, calamari, potato scallops and chips. Blue Ocean Seafood is also BYO friendly – so bring a bottle of wine if you’re keen to dine in.
Chumley Warner’s Traditional British Fish & Chips, Birkdale: Chumley Warner’s fish and chips are proper British – the eatery sources sustainable North Atlantic cod and haddock, scampi and roe just like you would get in the UK. You’ll also find other classic British eats such as handmade pasties, battered black pudding, hot pork pies with mushy peas and deep-fried Mars Bars. Oh, and there’s plenty of vinegar too for those that love that authentically British taste.
Sea Fuel, West End and Cleveland: If you only settle for the finest fish, Sea Fuel has the perfect perch for you. This spot boasts two locations, both slinging restaurant-quality fish and chips, fresh Coffin Bay oysters, barbecued Queensland prawn skewers, panko-crumbed haloumi, whiting tacos and more.
The Spotted Cod, Wavell Heights and Everton Park: With the mantra ‘caught local, for locals’, The Spotted Cod sources the best seafood from as close to home as possible. You’ll find all of the classics, including handmade onion rings and potato scallops, as well as hearty burgers.
Reef Seafood and Sushi, Newstead: Fresh seafood and sushi are heroes here, but Reef doesn’t mess around when it comes to fish and chips. All crumbed or grilled fish is served with chips and salad, or you can go all out with the decadent seafood platter – there’s no wrong choice.
SeaVibes Kitchen & Bar, Manly: The Esplanade in Manly is home to some incredible local eateries, but if it’s fish and chips you seek, head to SeaVibes. The takeaway has all the favourites, including snapper and Atlantic salmon, natural oysters, calamari rings and even mozzarella sticks. Can’t decide? The seafood basket boasts a bounty of morsels to devour!
The Fish Kitchen, Dutton Park: Dutton Park’s popular seafood sanctuary offers a large range of gluten-free options, with all fish, calamari, sea scallops and cutlets available in gluten-free crumbed or tempura battered varieties.
Honourable mentions: When it comes to rating the best fish and chips, we love variety. There are near too many spots to name, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention other popular spots including Fish Art at Wishart, Lota Takeaway in Lota, Morgan’s Seafood in Scarborough, The Cod Father in Kedron, Finn’s Fish House in Wynnum, Sandgate Fishmonger, Piranha Fish Caf in New Farm, The Shelley Inn in Shorncliffe, Old Salty’s in Ashgrove, The Pink Salmon in Tarragindi, Feast on Fish in Carindale, Rainworth Seafood in Bardon, Tippler’s Seafood in Taringa, 4 Fishies in Calamvale and Suttons Beach Pavillion in Redcliffe.
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