The authentic fish & chip experience, minus the gluten
Since being diagnosed gluten intolerant (affectionately known as 'glutarded' by my friends), fish and chips are the thing I miss most. I mean, sure, I can have grilled fish. I can have chips. But can I have those authentic, battered, deep fried golden crispy chunks of fish that make my eyes and mouth water? Rarely.
But when I find an excellent GF fish and chippery, oh, that's a special day. Which is why D'Lish Fish in Port Melbourne is one of my favourite destinations on a sunny day. Here I can enjoy wonderful gluten free fish and chips with a view of the water and sea breeze in my face. That's right, it's the real fish and chip experience.
And they don't just offer a gluten free batter on their fish, they also have gluten-free potato cakes and dim sims. It's been a very long time since I had either of these, and I so enjoyed a trip back into the favourite foods of my childhood.
The batter here is beautifully crisp and light. The fish is crumbly and moist. It's downright fantastic. The gluten-free dim sim tasted just like I remember dim sims; thick, crisp casing and strange minced innards. To be honest, dim sims aren't high on the list of things I miss. But I deeply appreciated the opportunity to eat them.
The potato cakes were an extra treat. The GF batter is the real challenge, and D'Lish has nailed it.
Unfortunately, no one has yet found a gluten free batter that is quite the same as the gluten-full version, and the look of the normal fish done here still made me a little jealous. I'm reliably informed that it's as good as it looks.
However, my memory of 'real' fish and chips is so faded that this gluten free version had me completely satisfied that I was getting a fantastic fish and chip experience. We were happy customers all round, glutards and the rest.
D'Lish Fish & Chips is found on Beach Street, on the corner of the esplanade right near where the #1 tram terminates, where the Spirit of Tasmania lands.