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by Stephen de Jager (subscribe)
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Published December 30th 2011
The Fish Shop
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The Fish Shop at Chermside is still in the stage of 'proving' itself as far as I am concerned. As a new business, I can imagine that some kinks need to be worked on and there is some practice required in order to serve customers with a quality meal.

Initially, my fiancé and I ordered take away fish and chips and it was truly abysmal. The chips were almost raw and had a strange taste to them, the calamari was as tough as an old boot and the prawn cutlets were on the poor side of average.

The entire experience was a huge disappointment, mainly because we had seen the shop being fitted and awaited the opening with excitement, as it would mean there was fish and chip shop conveniently located within walking distance of our home.

As a general rule, I don't make it my habit to 'slag off' businesses trying to offer up meals and take away, especially in my local area.

Fish and Chips
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Now ordinarily, especially with seafood, I would have made a judgement call based on the one experience and never returned to waste my money again. In fact, I have a rule regarding bad seafood and not eating it.

After about a fortnight, time enough I figured, for their oil to have built up some flavour from previous orders and for the staff to adjust to the equipment and whatnot, and then I went back and once again tried their chips, a couple of prawn cutlets and a coke, to 'test the water' and see if there was an improvement. At this point I really wasn't expecting much, though you can't really screw up pre-bottled coke.

The improvement, while modest, was instantly recognisable and I deemed the meal to be edible. So there was something to it, I thought, at least.

The next time we ate there, the quality had improved once again and I was starting to think that they were getting the hang of it. That they were finding the knack required to cook good take away fish and chips.

Then one day I was feeling more like red meat and cheers, far more than I was feeling the fish and chips. So I ordered a works burger, minus a few of the things that I don't eat. Man, was this burger awesome. Not just a good burger but totally awesome. A mouthgasm, if you will.

I was really impressed and to be honest, kind of blown away by how awesome the burger was, compared to everything else I had eaten there.

To this day, the fish and chips are decent and worth a try but the burgers they make, that's where it's at.

The service is always friendly and I have never had issue with the presentation and overall the place is defiantly worth trying. The seafood improves every time we go and is actually getting to a level that I would rate.

The price is about what would be expected and neither 'super cheap' nor exorbitant; you get decent value for money with the choice of eating it or opting for take way.
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Why? For a great burger
Where: Gympie Road, Chermside
Your Comment
ive been there recently (april 2012)...its a really great shop, i like the food there
by petar (score: 0|2) 2970 days ago
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