The round-up: where to find the Gold Coast’s best fish and chips
Fish and chips – it’s one of life’s great indulgences. Given our city’s coastal location, we’re certainly not short on decent fish and chipperies, with plenty of local hangs utilising our amazing local produce to give us some darn tasty sea-based nosh. From fancy fish and chips on porcelain plates to the kind consumed out of a box on a picnic rug – here are a bunch of must-try fish and chip joints on the Gold Coast.
Two Wise Fish, Mermaid Beach
Tucked in the Waterways Village complex in Mermaid Waters, Two Wise Fish is certainly not your stock-standard fish and chip joint. Owner Belinda Gates (a third-generation fish and chip shop owner) and her husband Nick focus on high-quality seafood, bringing in the best catches daily fresh from the trawlers to offer a refined take on fish and chips. It’s pretty apparent from the moment you step foot through the door that they take their seafood pretty seriously – so make sure this one is on your hit list.
The Inky Squid, Terranora
Owner and former Taverna head chef Ben Jones dishes up a menu of fun, nostalgic classics served with a modern spin. The trawler-fresh catches are served crumbed, battered or grilled with your choice of crispy chips or salad (or both), and you can throw a few favourites like calamari rings, lemon-pepper squid and gigantic local crumbed (or fresh) prawns on the side. Just be sure to leave room for some cinnamon-dusted pineapple fritters and deep-fried Mars Bars.
Wild Fish & Chips, Broadbeach
Friends, healthy fish and chips exist … hurrah! Instead of heavy, oily battered fish, here you’ll find fresh local fish done well in a light, crisp batter or simply grilled. If chips are your thing, you won’t be disappointed (these are some top-notch chippies), but if you’d rather keep it light, then ditch the chips for brown rice or a colourful salad. There’s also a pretty respectable wine and beer list, too.
The Fish Emporium, Isle of Capri
This waterfront dining destination in the heart of Isle of Capri takes its fish and chips very seriously. Choose your catch, then have it battered or crumbed and cooked crispy perfection – it’ll come with side of chips, lashing of house tartare and a squirt of lemon. Can’t decide? Go for the seafood box – you’ll also get coconut prawns, calamari and half a grilled bug.
Red Hot Cod, Burleigh Heads
Don’t be fooled by the cardboard takeaway boxes, Red Hot Cod is far from a slapdash takeaway joint. Instead of the stodgy, oil-soaked fish and chips from days past, you’ll find Australian and New Zealand-caught fish, deliciously crispy chips, fresh sides, burgers, colourful poke bowls, as well as a few Asian-inspired dishes.
Fish Mongers, Burleigh Heads
This is one of the Gold Coast’s longest-standing fish and chip shops – and judging by the line-up of locals out the front most nights, its fare is still as great as ever. Perched on Burleigh’s James Street, this seafood institution brings in its catches fresh every day, before the best bits are crumbed, grilled or battered to your liking and served with a generous helping of golden fat fries.
Beachside Pavilion, Broadbeach
This bright and breezy eatery is the go-to for seafood in Broadbeach, serving everything from chilli mud crab to whole yellow-belly baby flounder. As for the humble fish and chips, you can choose from grilled, battered or crumbed, and it’s served with a potato cake, chips, salad and house tartare. Sit down with a glass of champers, or get your fish and chips on the run from the takeaway nook.
The Great British Fryer, Burleigh Waters
As the name suggests, this is where you’ll find authentic British fish and chips – complete with sides like battered black pudding and battered haggis (not for the faint hearted), as well as moreish morsels like deep-fried Mars Bars and deep-fried pizzas.
The Fish Shak, Broadwater Parklands
The Broadwater Parklands really is a killer spot for a feed of fish and chips. You can choose from a Stone & Wood Pacific Ale beer batter, a tasty panko bread crumb or have it grilled with or without garlic butter … how can you say no to garlic butter? Enjoy it all overlooking the pristine Southport Broadwater.
Peter’s Fish Market, Main Beach
For authentic fish and chips by the waterfront, Peter is your man. This long-standing fish and chippery on Seaworld Drive is located right near the trawlers on the Broadwater, so this is as fresh as it gets. Grab a spot on the picnic tables and tuck in, fishy friends.
Charis Seafoods, Labrador
This is a bit of a seafood institution for those on the northern end. Pick up some fish and chips, crumbed calamari, a hamburger or a bag of freshly caught prawns and sit down for a feast in the adjacent Harley Park or on the Broadwater. A heads up – the seagulls will want to be your friend.
Finn McCool’s, Surfers Paradise
While this Irish pub is known for slinging Kilkenny and Guinness pies, the chefs here have worked to perfect the art of proper fish and chips – the kind you’d find served piping-hot inside newspaper from a local ‘chippy’ or a small-town bar in Britain and Ireland. Think crispy battered fillets, slightly softened chips (not crunchy), mushy peas and squirts of malt vinegar – the catch is it’s only available on Fridays.
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