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Published February 16th 2017
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Takeaway fish and chips (by Mw12310 / BY-SA 3.0)
You can catch your own, but there's no shame in enjoying freshly fried or grilled fish and chips at your local takeaway. The best seafood shops are often family owned, providing the same friendly service, crispy chips and fresh fish from the Sydney Fish Market for long enough to become local institutions. Begin your search for the top fish and chips in Sydney with these top 5 choices.
Although Bondi Beach's popularity with tourists has pushed up prices, Bondi Surf Seafoods is still great value for the suburb, confirmed by the regular queue of locals.
You can grab fish with more than enough chips for the average appetite for $13. Of the grilled options, the pack of octopus, prawns and calamari for $20 is a standout.
After experimenting with the fryer to create banana ($2.80) and pineapple ($2.50) fritters, the owners have perfected the best Deep Fried Mars Bar in Sydney, the Mars Bar Delight for $4.50, getting the thumbs up from Mars Corp.
The hand cut chips are slightly less chunky but still the best in the Inner West, and the potato scallops are at the same standard. Raw seafood, especially the salmon, is popular for locals prepping a barbecue dinner.
Fish and hand-cut chips is great value at $9 with combo packs of fried fish (hake, salmon, barra, prawns, octopus or calamari) and the same great chips with salad and lemon ranging from $15 - 17.
Stanmore Fish & Chips is open Wed - Sun, 10.30am - 9pm.
Beer battered fish and chips with tartare sauce (by Blue Fish)
For a special occasion, the Blue Fish restaurant is the best fine dining choice in this top 5.
Grab a table on the patio at Blue Fish, next door to the newly renovated Convention Centre and overlooking the attractions of Darling Harbour on a sunny afternoon. The service, particularly from Yannick, one of the standout servers, is friendly and attentive, offering helpful suggestions from the food and wine menus.
Beer battered fish with chips and tartare sauce is $23.50 while the popular seafood platter for two, with salmon, barramundi, barbecue king prawns and calamari, Alaskan crab and seared scallops is $120. There are also seafood paella, rock lobster and prawn linguine dishes.
Blue Fish is open 7 days a week from 8am - 10pm, closing at 11pm on Friday and Saturday.
Fat Fish, another family-run favourite, is a strong competitor with Stanmore F&C for the best of the Inner West, perhaps the best in Sydney.
Constantly busy, the fish from the local market is quickly snapped, particularly the grilled barramundi with garlic butter, herbs, chips and salad for $17.90.
While parents can enjoy beer battered fish and chips for $11.50, there are child-friendly fish burgers with tomato, lettuce and tartar sauce for $9.50. If you like a salad with your chips, the Greek and Mediterranean salads are homemade specialities.
Fat Fish is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.
Although prices, service, freshness, cleanliness and spelling are important, the fish has to be moist and the batter crispy if a fish and chip shop can last in Coogee.
Although the owners might need a spellchecker, Chish and Fips know how to cook perfect fish for hungry hikers completing the Bondi to Coogee coastal trail. Often packed with tourists, the queue still contains the suburb's toughest critics - the locals, proving they must be a hit.
Fish and chips is $12.30 for hoki, with barramundi or flathead for $17.90 and salmon for $18.90. As a bonus, there are plenty of places to sit in the park, beach or picnic tables to enjoy your fish feast.
Chish N Fips is open 7 days a week 11am - 6pm.
Grilled salmon, chips and salad (by Fat Fish)
Where do you go for the perfect fish and chip lunch in Sydney? Please let us know with a comment.
Balgowlah Fish Café on Condamine St near Sydney Rd has the best fish and chips this side of the Harbour. Huge range of fish, eat in or takeaway. Perfect $10 fish (barramundi) and chips takeaway for eating by the beach!
Thanks for the info it's always good to know where you can get great fish n chips I'm going to try the Annandale and Stanmore shops . Another great one is Fish on Fire Glebe almost on the corner of Bridge and Glebe Pt Rds opposite a park, the chips are beer battered yum ! I get mine well done love the crunchy ones .....