Open since 1946, Paul's on Gouger is a great place to enjoy the takeaway classic, Fish and Chips in a restaurant ambience. You can choose from various types of fish with the option of having the fish battered, crumbed or grilled. All the fish dishes come served with hand cut wedges, a salad and tartare sauce.
During our visit, we chose to order the Snapper, King George Whiting and Hake. The snapper which we had grilled was of a generous size and had a lovely meaty texture. While delicious on its own, you may want to have it accompanied by one of their sauces as we felt the dish was just missing something to complete it.
Grilled Snapper (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Our choice for the battered option, the King George Whiting was fried to golden brown with the flesh being cooked just right. To our delight, the batter of the fish did not taste oily.
Battered King George Whiting (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Compared to our other two choices, the Hake had a lighter texture, flaking apart easier than the snapper and King George Whiting. The crisp crumb coating acted as a good contrast to the flesh and was also not too thick. The wedges that accompanied all three dishes had a crisp coating with fluffy interiors and the tartare sauce was a perfect partner to the fish with its sharp taste.
Crumbed Hake (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
To accompany our fish dishes, we decided to order their Herb Bread. The bread was toasted to the right degree and had a moreish herby taste, which was apparent from the aroma when the dish was served. If you prefer there is also the option of garlic bread.
Herb Bread (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Aside from Fish and Chips, Paul's also offers Schnitzels and other seafood dishes such as Creamy Garlic Prawns with Rice. The ambience of the restaurant was very inviting despite its small size, with the tables spaced a good distance apart from each other.