It's been a good few months since I've last had fish and chips, but a few days ago, I suddenly had a craving for it. This was during my 1-hour break in between shifts, so I didn't have much time - I figured I might as well just head down to my local shops and try the fish and chips from Fish 218. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much - I just wanted something fast and close to home. I certainly didn't expect it to taste as good as it did!
If you're wondering what the numbers 218 stand for, Fish 218 was named as such because it's located at 218 Padstow Road in Eight Mile Plains, just 20 minutes away by car from the CBD. There is also convenient public transport available, with multiple bus stops near the shopping village.
From the outside, Fish 218 looks just like your average fish and chip shop. However, they have an extensive variety of fresh seafood available, a larger collection than the average chippery. This includes, but is not limited to fish heads, New Zealand Mussels, Australian Green Banana Prawns, Moreton Bay Bugs, Local Tiger Prawns, Fresh Salmon Mince, Sea Scallops, Local Barramundi (including whole Barramundi), and Knobby Snapper. I'm sure the type of fresh seafood they have in stock will vary day to day, so you're always in for a surprise! It's the perfect excuse to make yourself try something new.
Aside from fresh seafood, Fish 218 also has heaps of cooked food available, which is not limited to the classic fish and chips. They have sandwiches (e.g. fresh chicken, leg ham, prawn) with optional extras (e.g. toasted, bread roll, avocado, colesaw), burgers, and hot snacks (e.g. spring roll, dim sim, kabana, saveloy in batter, pineapple fritter, fish cake, chicken schnitzel). There is also plenty of fried food available, such as calamari, prawn cutlet, sea scallops.
Fish 218 has 8 types of fish available: Cod, Flake, Snapper, Barramundi, NZ Sea Perch, Coral Trout, Whiting, and Dory. They also have a large range of seasonal fresh Australian fish available at market prices. All fish is supplied with a complimentary piece of lemon and can be either crumbed or battered to your liking. You can also have your fish grilled for an extra dollar. Fish can be purchased either a la carte or in a meal, which is served with fresh salad, chips, and dressing with a free can of drink. Prices range from $13.00 (Cod) to $17.00 (Sea Scallops).
Check their chalk board outside the restaurant for any specials they might have.
On that particular day, I decided to go for the $6.50 dory and chips special - because I got a special, it did not come with the usual fresh salad, chips, dressing and can of drink, like you do with regular meals. I decided to go for the special because I didn't have much time to eat anyway, seeing as I only had 1 hour before I had to go back to work. Another reason is because $6.50 is really cheap!
Because I literally only had fish and chips, the presentation isn't too enticing...
Even though the presentation isn't as great without the other sides that come with a meal, upon closer inspection, you might change your mind. The chips were freshly cooked to perfection - the potato taste was evident, to the point when you can actually kid yourself that you're actually eating really healthy food. After all, potatoes are vegetables! The fish was also cooked perfectly - crispy on the outside, and juicy and succulent on the inside. It was still piping hot even after the 5 minutes it took for Eddy and I to walk home! I was very impressed by this, as I was worried it would have turned soggy by then, like my fries from Maccas usually do after visiting the drive through. Eddy and I will definitely be coming back, seeing as we live so close!
We chose to take away this time, but there is comfortable seating both indoors and outdoors available at Fish 218.