They work harmoniously in a very small space, darting back and forth from the counter to the cooker, but they somehow make it appear effortless. The result is a top quality product, prepared with care, and delivered with pride.
Everything is takeaway, but there are ample tables and chairs within the small village shopping complex, and lots more picnic tables in the adjacent dog-friendly park that overlooks a canal.
The basic $9 fish-n-chips was New Zealand Hoki, which they said was 'a kind of cod'. We chose to have it crumbed.
Within minutes, the hot crispy chips and golden-crumbed fish fillet emerged from the deep-fryer and were tumbling from their wire cage to the white butcher's paper waiting expectantly on the bench. Lightly salted, and with a huge lemon wedge to garnish, it was all wrapped up and handed across the counter with the smiling confidence of a job well done.
Basic $9 fish-n-chips with NZ Hoki fish fillet (crumbed)
The lightly crisp outer shell encasing each hot chip gives way to the almost forgotten flavour of real potato within, firing neurons that open doors to the best of childhood memories.
The golden crispy-crumbed coating envelopes the Hoki fillet in a loving embrace, in a futile attempt at protecting its deliciously flaky flesh from our hungry onslaught. Interestingly, there is barely enough residual oil to make a mark on the wrapping paper, which is further evidence of skilled deep-frying. Fresh food cooked perfectly.
A warning though, that the serving size is deceptively large, and should satisfy the heartiest of appetites. This is a main meal, not a snack.
The $9 is undoubtedly great value for money and a personal favourite, but the $12 fish-chips-calamari is another winner. If you have another favourite fish, you can choose from their extensive selection of fresh fish fillets sold by weight (ranging from $10-15 per serve if cooked as fish-n-chips).