Best Fish and Chips in Melbourne
Fish and Chips! A tradition from England, we have adopted a passion for fish and chips in Melbourne. Here are our favourite fish and chips eateries listed below.
Saint Barry - Delicious Gluten Free Fish & Chips, Surrey Hills
Fish and chips excellence in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne! Saint Barry eatery has attracted the attention of locals since opening its doors recently in Surrey Hills. A foodie haven for lunch and dinner, Saint Barry features first class modern casual dining with top chef Spyros Vrakas in the kitchen, a chic fitout, rotating beers and wine on tap, and locally sourced fresh produce. Great news for those looking for Gluten Free but also delicious! Flake with beer and sweet paprika batter, served with golden chips is a top notch dish. And it's gluten free! We highly rate the quality of the fish and also the unique tasty batter. And those chips! (You can dine in or take away).
Owners Peter and Rebecca Sprekos have done a first class job in bringing this foodie haven to Surrey Hills. Saint Barry is an ode to their foodie dream of savvy affordable food in an attractive casual setting. Says Peter, "We wanted to bring a quality inner city type experience to Surrey Hills. You don't have to drive into the city to experience decent restaurants." Saint Barry is also easily accessible. We also have parking nearby and at the rear of our restaurant." Peter is also passionate to appeal to a variety of diners, including gluten free options. "We have designed the dishes to also be gluten free friendly," says Peter.
Adele Bates Design were behind the interior and print design; featuring modern menu, food packaging and even a funky food map. Fitout features exposed brick walls, modern lighting, use of plants, copper and brass, timber, large window and use of natural light. The look is clean, if not minimalist.
Saint Barry boasts the passion and innovation of Spyros Vrakas (ex Press Club and Head Chef at Hellenic Republic, as well as Head Chef at iconic Belvedere Hotel in Mykonos). He brings exceptional skill with affordable shared dishes and regular specials; casual dining with modern flair. Dishes are simply categorised as "Smaller" dishes and "Larger" dishes, along with compelling sides and salads. We note the Kids menu that has decent (not token) options.
Hunky Dory - Great Range Fish & Chips, Eastland and various
Hunky Dory hits the mark when it comes to fish and chips, and we often dine at their Eastland eatery. We find Hunky Dory fresh, a great range, and excellent value for money.
Even the basic fish and chips is on point and delivers. Golden crunchy fresh chips. Hunky Dory also impress with excellent service and the little touches such as salad, lemon and the seafood sauce, and serve the meals on decent plates. The Hunky Dory comes with a fillet of flake, potato cake, dim sim, chips, lemon and tartare. (You can see the dim sim in the above photo at the back).
In terms of Eastland, Hunky Dory is a great option for families in a modern restaurant with affordable dishes. We've imbibed their platters and larger dishes, but you can also judge a place by its basic fish and chips. And Hunky Dory is a winner.
Lounge Kitchen - $9 Fish & Chips lunch, Swanston St
Affordable lunches? The World Loves Melbourne has long been searching Melbourne for value lunches. Let's face it; most of us can't afford $30-$40 a day on lunch. Our radar is always looking for quality lunches around $10 that satisfy. Having worked for years in the Melbourne CBD we know a gem when we see it. And when we do embrace it we like to keep returning.
Popular is the Fish and Chips lunch for $9; a great deal with fresh quality fish and golden chips in a generous serving. many a CBD worker and student, among others, walks up the stairs for this excellent dish.
Lounge Kitchen is an iconic venue in the CBD and we've visited several times over the years, lapping up its charm. In recent times it has reinvented itself.
Walk up the stairs off Swanston Street into a cool ambience of dark timbers, various dining spaces, mood lighting, plants and character booths. Quintessential Melbourne we say. They even have tables on the standout balcony overlooking Swanston Street (best in Melbourne?). This is a perfect place to dine out with your work colleagues; a place with atmosphere that delivers on quality affordable dishes, and has engaging service. As one blogger put it, "It's nice to get some change in your pocket."
Hooked - Fresh healthy fish and chips, Fitzroy and various
Hooked pride themselves on healthier style fish and chips. Available for both dine in and take away, daily fish specials (e.g. certified-sustainable blue grenadier, snapper, salmon and barramundi) are sourced from the market and cooked fresh to order, while the store’s famous hand cut fresh potato chips are faultless…a perfect mix of crunchy and fluffy.
Hooked’s menu also boasts three kinds of salad, including the scrumptious Superfood Salad: quinoa, broccoli, rocket, spinach, mint, semi-dried tomatoes, and toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds topped with a drizzle of yoghurt lemon dressing. With an emphasis on the finer details, all sauces are made in store, too.
Regulars at Hooked can mix things up, with the Baja Fish or Grilled Prawn Tacos, Grilled Calamari, Fish Burritos and Seared Tuna Burgers, sure to put a little extra wind in their sails.
Hooked is inspired by owner Ray Good’s childhood summers by the seaside in the UK, where his parents worked at his Uncle Johnnie Fish and Chip shop. But it was while travelling the world as an internationally recognised DJ that he realised the lack of fresh food offerings on the road, and the importance of healthy eating. Spotting a gap in the Australian market for healthy fish and chips, Ray launched Hooked, delivering the convenience and old-school taste of traditional British fish and chips with all the benefits of super fresh and healthy produce.
What's your favourite?