Fish ‘n’ chips. There are few things more nostalgic for Queenslanders than tearing open a paper parcel and devouring hot, crunchy, salty chippies and crispy battered fish with your bare hands – but for those of us who like to take a walk on the fancier side (and use a knife and fork occasionally) we’ve got the scoop on where to net yourself a feed.
Banter | Kangaroo Point
If you’re fishing for seafood done right, top-notch craft beers and a long list of wines and cocktails – Banter’s your new buddy. From posh fish finger sandwiches (why didn’t mums taste like this?) to golden battered cod and prawn cocktails, pull on your (fanciest) stretchy pants and prepare to seafood and eat it.
Ol’ School | South Brisbane
If old’s cool than Ol’ School is definitely so 2018. Tucked behind Fish Lane (see what they did there), Ol’ School is bringing fish n’ chips nostalgia back in a big way – hello potato scallops, creaming soda and fancy AF tartare sauce. Need something stronger? Their bottled cocktails are as delicious as they are insta-worthy. The brainchild of the crew between Hello Please is gaining a reputation for having the best thick handcut chips in Brisbane, but we’ll let you be the judge of that!
The Fishery | Milton
The Fishery has all the ingredients to transport you to the beach, no hour long, traffic ridden car ride required – or sand in your pants. Battered, crumbed, steamed or baked – no matter your preference sail on down Baroona Rd for your fishy fix. Owner and managed by chef Murray Dalton, you’re guaranteed to catch yourself a reely good time.
River Quay Fish | South Bank
We guarantee that none of the catch is from the Brisbane river (we love you brown snake but damn you’re murky), but we can guarantee spectacular river views from River Quay Fish. Graze on share plates of grilled Moreton Bay bugs, green papaya salad, hot and sour sauce and coconut rice or keep it traditional with beer battered fish of the day with fries and aioli. Kick back with a couple of glasses of Riesling and soak up a lazy afternoon.
Sea Fuel | West End
If it’s seafood that fuels your fire, you’d better swim over to West End’s freshest dining experiences. Keep it classic with seafood platters laden with calamari, prawn cutlets, sea scallops, salads and homemade tartare sauce or get stuck into fish burgers with chips and aioli over lunchtime.
So don’t get salty, get stuck into Brisbane’s best.
Words by Emma Callaghan – the gourmand who believes that chips are still classified as a vegetable.