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Published April 20th 2013
Voted best fish and chippery on the Sunshine Coast
Buying sea food is almost obligatory when on a beach holiday and you can by thrown by the multitude of little shops. However, when in Alexandra Headland there is one shop that clearly stands out at 174 Alexandra Parade. A friendly family run place, Mandolin Seafoods has been catering to the ravenous for over a decade.
Ever buy seafood and you find that all the different foods taste the same? Sometimes my chips taste like fish and I end up shaking my fist in the air. However, this business uses separate fryers for all individual products and changes their oil frequently. They use 100% Pure Cottonseed Oil that is happily cholesterol and animal free. Mandolin Seafoods was voted best fish and chippery on the Sunshine Coast and has a menu that boasts of a variety of freshly cooked burgers and drink flavours as well as seafood.
They offer a range of fish including: Dory, Perch, Salmon and Mahi-Mahi (Prices range from $6.90 - $12.90 per piece of fish). These can be served crumbed, battered or even grilled for an extra $1.00. Grilling is done in a foil wrapping with olive oil and oregano. You can choose from three kinds of generously sized gourmet burgers: beef, fish and chicken. A vegetarian patty can also be swapped in for those with dietary requirements. Each meat is pressed between fresh focaccia buns that I found myself tearing pieces off separately to savour. The burgers are also layered with various salad (cheese, lettuce, tomato, beetroot and onion) and drizzled with their homemade sauces.
Side orders are also offered and one order you must consider having is their calamari. It is a house specialty they are justifiably very proud of. They come in tender, very mild sweet chilli finger strips that almost melt in your mouth. Calamari comes in orders of 11 strips ($8.90) and 18 strips ($11.90). Other side orders include chicken nuggets, fish cakes, chiko rolls, tempura prawns, pineapple ring, banana fritters, dim sims, oysters among others. These range from $1.00 to $3.50 for one food item. There is also a few packs to choose from: Barramundi Pack (one barramundi with chips for $10.90), Fisherman's Basket (one piece of fish, one sea scallop, one crab ball and one prawn cutlet with chips for $12.90), Hawaiian Pack (one fish, one pineapple ring, four strips of calamari and chips for $12.90) and the Family Pack (four fish, four prawn cutlets, four dim sims and a large chips for $49.90).
Their gourmet milkshakes are also mentionable and come in the flavours: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, caramel, banana, lime, blue heaven, malt and coffee. Regulars are $4.00, larges are $5.80 and for $1.00 extra you can make it into a thick shake. Coffee is also offered. I find that milk is never really the thing to go with seafood but seafood shops normally have it on their menu. Nevertheless, I can't stay away. Surprisingly, I didn't feel too queasy afterwards. Maybe because I ate so slowly to lengthen the flavour experience.
Personally, I found one trip to the shop not enough during my week stay. I could hardly have a Fisherman's Basket and a beef burger without being considered an ultimate glutton. At least not on the same day. The first day I tried to the Fisherman's Basket. The fish had enough flavour that I put the tartar sauce back in the fridge. Sauce is a usual must have of mine. Chips, which can be a hit and miss in these kinds of shops, were good enough that I kept eating them even when the food baby started to form. Forgive me, I was on holiday. The burgers that I tried next are also of a high standard and come with chips for $14.90. They will stock seafoods like fresh prawns and lobsters but these and all other foods are subject to availability.