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Published July 1st 2021
Top seafood in the mountains
Crumbed barramundi and sweet potato chips, High Tide, Northpoint.
It's a long way to the sea from Toowoomba, nevertheless, travellers may find themselves with a hankering for good ol' fish and chips. Here's where you can angle for the catch of the day.
High Tide Northpoint
Clean and attractive dine-in at High Tide Northpoint.
'There's plenty of fish in the sea, but ours come with chips', says High Tide Northpoint fish and chips. Dine in, al fresco or takeaway. Meals are delicious and fish is served with a lemon wedge. Extensive menu. Fish and chips from $14.50. Service is friendly. Brisk preparation and non-greasy meals. Don't let this one get away.
Hours: Mon - Sat 10am - 9pm; 10am - 8pm Sun Contact: 0407 576 108, Shop 15, Northpoint Shopping Centre, Cnr Jones & Ruthven Sts, North Toowoomba.
Metro Seafood, 'the healthier choice' is true and it's a popular gem. Service is prompt. Cooking time of five minutes for basic fish and chips. The garlic prawns are delectable and fish is fresh and tender. Salads and sauces are delicious. Ask for lemon wedges. Frying is in cholesterol-free oil. Good value for money. Dinner for One $10 (Hoki, chips, 1 calamari ring, 1 potato scallop, tartare), Family Meal Pack $39.90 (twice the Dinner for One). You can order online. Hours: Mon-Fri 11am - 8pm, Sat & Sun 11am - 2pm, 5pm - 8pm Contact: 07 4636 3425, cnr West & Charnley Sts, Darling Heights
A healthy choice from Metro Seafood, grilled barra with salad and garlic prawns.
In the heart of the city, Central Seafood has a wide range of fresh fish, prawns, oysters, crabs and more, plus market shopping and eat-in. Service is prompt. Fish from $6.90 to $13.50, cod, perch, snapper, barra. Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 7pm, Sat 8am - 6pm
Contact: 07 4599 9088, Shop 1094, Level 1, Grand Central Shopping Centre, Duggan St parking, Toowoomba City.
Hook'd serves New Zealand hoki and chips for a mere $11. Add $1.50 for whiting. Barramundi or snapper are $6 extra. The seafood basket is satisfying for $16. Grilled barramundi or salmon with chips $22. Side dishes and sauces available, eg pineapple fritters with cinnamon. There's also chicken and burgers, but hoki is the big thing here and it's succulent. Hook'd is beside a park where you can dine at a picnic table. Picnic Point is only a few minutes drive away. Service is prompt. Online orders welcome. Hours: Mon - Wed 4:30pm - 8pm; Thurs - Sun 11am - 8pm Contact: High Street Shopping Centre, Rangeville
The Fish Corner
The Fish Corner meals are non-greasy, wide variety of sauces, perfectly prepared calamari. Chips $4.80, NZ hoki $9, Barra and Perch $11, Snapper $11.50. Good presentation. Order online from Menulog.
Hours: 7 days, 10am - 8:30pm / 9pm
Contact: 07 4549 3889, The Ridge Shopping Centre, 445-455 Hume St, South Toowoomba
Locally owned Chipper Fish will do crumbed, battered, grilled or herb grilled coral trout, barramundi, deep sea dory, Nile perch and blue grenadier with chips for around $13. Wide variety of value packs. Coconut prawns, salt and pepper squid and calamari are other tempters. Extensive variety of burgers. House-made sauces. Phone orders welcome.
Hours: 7 days, 11am - 2pm, 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Contact: 07 4635 6665, Tower Shopping Centre, 65 Drayton Rd, Toowoomba.
Toowoomba Fish Depot
Toowoomba Fish Depot will do takeaway or delivery to your home or office or you can take a seat outside. Food is non-greasy. Tasty chips. Natural oysters. Fish and chips under $15. Burgers, sandwiches, rolls, snapper, sea perch, coral trout, mackerel and more.
Contact: 07 4638 8896, Red Edge Shopping Centre, 192-198 James St, South Toowoomba
Fresh Katch have freshwater fish fillet and chips for $10. Seafood basket $16 or $30 meal deal. Family value platter for $65 for 12 pieces of fish and calamari, 4 prawn cutlets, 4 sea scallops, 6 seafood bites, 4 sea shanties, 4 seafood sticks, large chips, lemon and tartare. Dine in, delivery, takeaway, order online from Menulog.
Hours: 10:00am - 8pm
Contact: 07 4634 0086, Wilsonton Shopping Centre, 407 Bridge St, Wilsonton
Fish and chips in the mountains at Picnic Point, Toowoomba.
Meal deals are plentiful at Berny's on West. Hoki, barra and flathead, average $12.50 with chips/salad. Large number of sides including sweet potato fries, chicken garlic balls and corn jacks. Popular with friendly service.
Hours: Mon-Wed 10:30am - 7pm; Th-Fri till 7:30pm; Sat-Sun 11am - 7:30pm.
Contact: 07 4639 4311, cnr West & Campbell Sts, Newtown
Wyalla Fish Bar
The Wyalla Fish Bar serve a generously sized calamari and the crumbed oysters melt in your mouth. It's a popular fishing hole, but for my money, they could have drained the oil more. Extensive GF menu. Service is friendly and meals are ready quickly. Lemons are extra.
Hours: 7 days 10am - 7:30pm, Friday 10am - 8pm
Contact: 07 4633 2176, 238A Taylor St, Newtown
Out of Town - The Fishbone at Highfields
The Fishbone, Central Plaza shopping centre. At present, it's the only source of fish and chips in Highfields. Great variety and presentation, healthy choice, delicious salads. Fish is from $6.90 - $12 (snapper and barra).
Hours: Tue - Sat 11am - 7:30pm
Contact: 07 4696 8240, off the New England Highway on Plaza Circle, Highfields.
Next time you fancy a night in with a movie, get wrapped up in fish and chips in Toowoomba.