Melbourne event enthusiast and moderately priced food eatery reviewer that expects Top Notch service and the use of fresh ingredients at all eateries.
Published June 30th 2014
Port Melbourne is a prestigious suburb with reputable fish and chips. On Bay Street another fancy fish and chip shop named Belvga has recently opened. Belvga has many fish to fry as it is in direct competition with the other hustling Fish & Burger Bars located on the same street.
My yearning for seafood and a recommendation from a stranger that Belvga was superior to its competition bought me to the new establishment on a Sunday night.
I was truly hooked on the idea that Port Melbourne had the best fish and chips in Melbourne.
After scoring a car park right out the front of Belvga I walked inside the shop, noticing the cleanliness and spaciousness, and a sense of calmness you wouldn't find in your standard suburban fish and chip shop.
As I ordered the salmon pack for $16.50. I was greeted with exceptional customer service from behind the counter.
The pack contained a piece of Atlantic salmon, chips and my choice of salad. The beetroot walnut and goats cheese salad appeared fresh and would have suited the salmon well, however I chose a classic lettuce, tomato and avocado salad with balsamic dressing.
A friend of mine ordered the veggie burger and chips. When we sat down at our table, we were pleasantly surprised as we discovered that all sauces including tartare, ketchup and chilli mayo were complimentary. There is nothing more painful than paying 70 cents to $2 for sauce on top of your order, especially when you have mentally prepared yourself that your serving of fish and chips in Port Melbourne is already going to cost you over $15.
The lightly fried Atlantic salmon was cooked to precision and the generous serving of hearty avocado salad complimented the fish. The chips were not soggy, nor crispy. They had a lack of seasoning that screams 'THESE ARE BELVGA'S CHIPS!'. The creation of Belvga's own chip identity would encourage me to come back and order the chips again.
The freshness of the veggie burger was comprised, unfortunately it was underwhelming and comparable to the standard burger you would not expect to receive from a lavish fish and chip shop on Bay Street, Port Melbourne.
Overall, I would return to Belvga for the relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, delicious salmon and their ability to be one of the only places I've been to that does not capitalise on people's need for sauce with their meal.