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Sydney Staples: Fish ‘n Chips

I know, you know, and the seagulls most definitely know, that a Sydney summer isn’t complete without long, balmy evenings spent munching on the best seafood in the world (Australian, naturally). With summer well and truly here, make a beeline for the closest beach with a box of salty, crispy morsels and make all your northern hemisphere buddies exceedingly jealous.

Bottom of the Harbour

The Hamptons style chippie is a chic, low-key with idyllic views across the harbour. Opt for the classic beer battered fish n’ chips, or the popular grilled prawn or octopus skewer is a favourite for those wanting to avoid fried options. Non-seafood and vegetarian options are also available. Pick up your haul and get settled by the water’s edge and rinse your hands in the ocean. Could a more Australian meal exist?

21 The Esplanade, Balmoral

Beach Club at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

With one of the city’s best views, it’s easy to picture yourself lounging harbourside over a long summers afternoon with a rosé in one hand and an oyster in the other. The seafood offering at the Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel’s Beach Club are perfectly curated to satiate a range of appetites; from crab linguine, trout salad, striped prawns to the whole roast line caught snapper (and a myriad more). Your salty, briny cravings will always be met. The $24.50 beer battered fish ‘n chips will keep creatures of habit happy, just don’t let anyone miss out on the blissful salmon crudo ($22).

1 Military Road, Watsons Bay

North Bondi Fish

The casual, beachside-chic restaurant championed by Matt Moran and Bruce Soloman, and with Jesse McTavish at the helm, has given North Bondi Fish an infallible reputation as one of the East’s best dining destinations. While the beer battered flathead with chips and tartare is always a pleasure, it would be rude to ignore the bug meat linguine or whiting tacos. A tailored cocktail offering complements the menu with prowess.

120 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi

The Boathouse Shelly Beach

With one of the city’s best views, it’s easy to picture yourself lounging harbourside with a rosé in one hand and an oyster in the other. The seafood offering here is perfectly curated to satiate a range of appetites; from crab linguine, trout salad, striped prawns to the whole roast line caught snapper. Their beer battered fish ‘n chips will keep creatures of habit happy, just don’t let anyone miss out on the blissful salmon crudo.

1 Marine Parade, Manly

Fish Market Café

Sydney’s beloved fish markets is naturally home to a wide offering of seafood that has come straight from the boat to the table. The Fish Market Café sits just inside the markets, offering the eager crowds a smorgasbord of fried, battered, fresh and grilled options to takeaway. You’d do well to go for a Fried or Grilled Platter and sample the delights of calamari, oysters, prawns, crab, whitebait and fish pieces.

Shop 4, Sydney Fish Markets, Bank Street, Pyrmont


Ocean Foods

With three generations in the business, it’s safe to say that the Nittis’ know all there is about providing fresh seafood, day in and day out. A gem of the inner west, Ocean Foods is renowned for its dedication to fresh produce and is consistently packed with patrons desperate to get their hands on a potato scallop and barbequed baby octopus. We recommend teaming the classic fish ‘n chips with the prawn seafood salad.

154 Lyons Road, Drummoyne

The Fish Shop

In true Merivale fashion, Potts Point’s The Fish Shop is immaculately finished in a delightful nautical style, with head chef Jeremy Strode presenting a rotating menu of sustainably sourced Australian seafood. The inventive menu places fish croquettes and smoked eel alongside grilled snapper and beer-battered flathead, and the crumbed fish burger with bacon and chilli is a popular favourite. 

22 Challis Avenue, Potts Point

Fishmongers on Bondi Beach

Hand. Cut. Chips. The catch cry of the celebrated Hall Street venue, Fishmongers have locals and visitors besotted. With a range of side’s that aren’t limited to potato scallops, punters can add brown rice, steamed veggies or a salad to their order, appealing to the ever health-conscious Bondi-ite. Opt for the house’s battered fish ‘n chips (or rice, if you prefer) or the octopus and calamari boxes.

42 Hall Street, Bondi Beach

Fish on Fire

Nestled into the heart of Glebe Point Road, this unassuming Inner West joint packs a punch. With everything served on simple metal platters, the fuss-free chippie is revered by locals for its consistently delicious fare. The have lightly battered fish ‘n chips on offer range and a range of salad platters to choose from. The pineapple fritters are a refreshing throwback to takeaway Fridays as a kid and round out a pleasant, relaxed dinner.

217a Glebe Point Road, Glebe

A Fish Called Coogee

A god-send for seafood enthusiasts who appreciate autonomy over fried/battered/grilled options, A Fish Called Coogee takes personalised dining seriously. After selecting your fish of choice, the serving size, cooking style, side and sauce, you’re only charged by your meal’s weight. Dreamy. And make sure you don’t underorder side dishes.

229 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee

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