In addition to its glorious harbour, beautiful weather and amazing beaches, Sydney also boasts some of the best fresh fish and chips around. It’s a little unclear where and when this seminal fast food first originated, as the French lay claim to inventing fried potato chips, and Jewish refugees from Spain and Portugal are credited with bringing fried fish to the UK sometime in the 17th Century. But things really took off in the UK in the 1900’s and it wasn’t long before this fast food phenomenon spread from the UK and Ireland to Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Today Sydney-siders are spoilt for choice – from standard paper-wrapped fare, to gourmet creations – no trip to the beach is complete without a deep-fried snack.
1. Doyle’s on the Wharf – Fisherman’s Wharf, Watsons Bay: Mon-Fri 11am-6pm
Doyle’s is an institution in Sydney’s fish and chips scene. Head to Doyle’s on the Wharf at the picturesque Watson’s Bay in Sydney’s east for beautiful harbour views. If you’re a history buff, you might be interested to know that this spot is where Captain Arthur Phillip first landed in Australia. After picking up your take away, grab a picnic table in the park overlooking the water, or head straight for the sand to snack on some of the best fish and chips Sydney has to offer.
2. Sydney Fish Market – Pyrmont, Sydney: daily 7am-3pm
The hunt for fish and chips isn’t complete without a trip to Sydney’s Fish Market. In addition to the standard fare, you can pick up some more exotic delicacies including lip-smackingly fresh sashimi, oysters and grilled octopus. http://www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au/
3. Ocean Foods – 154 Lyons Rd, Drummoyne: daily 9am-9pm
Ocean Foods could be Sydney’s best kept fish and chip secret. Their byline is “The Best Fish ‘n’ Chips in the Universe” and they’re not lying. Besides serving up some of the tastiest seafood around, the staff always look like they’re having the best time behind the counter. Definitely worth a trip to Sydney’s suburban Inner-West.
4. Bondi Surf Seafood – 128 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach: daily 9am-9pm
For the standard fish and chip experience, head to Bondi Surf Seafood at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach. The fish and chips comes wrapped in paper, just like it used to be. But Mr Dimitrios has earned quite a reputation for serving up deep-fried Mars Bars. One customer hit the nail on the head when she described the deep-fried Mars Bar experience as “delicious and gross at the same time”. But you only live once right?!
5. Fishmonger’s Gourmet Fish & Chips – Rialto Square, 11 Wentworth Street: daily 12pm-9pm
For gourmet fish and chips (yes, there is such a thing), head over to Fishmonger’s at Manly on the other side of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. Catch a ferry from the wharf at Circular Quay across the harbour, and check out Sydney’s famous Opera House from the water. You’ll find Mongers (as it’s affectionately known by the locals) walking from the ferry wharf to the beach. In addition to thick hand-cut chips and homemade tartare sauce, what sets Fishmonger’s apart is the Japanese twist to their deliciously light tempura batter.
After a day seeing all the sights and you feel like having a night in, don’t forget you can always order home delivery. These days with menus and restaurant reviews at your fingertips, and a smorgasbord of takeaway options in Sydney, it’s never been easier to find what you are after and order in.
Guest post by Kate Bloomsbury
Pic from jasonlam