I am a freelance writer and mum living in Perth and always on the lookout for new things to do, people to meet and places to see.
Published February 3rd 2013
Unbeatably Fresh and Tasty Fish & Chips
Growing up in a country where fish and chips meant an odour-infested, greasy mass of battered cod and floppy chips, this place is an absolute revelation. It's too good to be called a fish and chip shop. Rather, it serves restaurant quality marine life and crispy slices of potato in a takeaway container.
The Best Fish&Chips - image courtesy of The Groper and his Wife
The Groper and his Wife(known by locals as simply 'The Groper'), is a hidden City Beach gem. Loved by those in the know, and we newcomers who stumble upon it, it seems to rely almost entirely on word of mouth as a marketing tool. Thid is always a sign of a good thing - as are the regular queues (you can always phone ahead to order). All of their fish is fresh, filleted on site and often served the same day that it was swimming in the Indian Ocean.
The menu offers fish and chips, but in so many different ways that it takes you an age to decide on your preference the first time you visit. Crumbed, grilled, battered, peri peri, plain, spicy, king snapper, pink snapper, hake, red emperor, dhufish, salmon, bronze whaler. Plus a range of fresh salads, squid, prawns, scallops and much more.
The fish is soft and melts in your mouth with a beautiful flavour. The chips are crispy and give a satisfying crunch when you bite – a perfect complement to the fish. The salads are fresh and flavoursome, the sauces homemade and wholly tasty.
Sunset at City Beach - perfect with your Groper takeaway
Good food, of course, does not come cheap with snapper and chips setting you back $17.90. But your tastebuds will tell you that it is worth every last cent. For even greater perfection you can head for City Beach and bury your feet in the sand, watching the sunset while you savour your Groper takeaway – something no restaurant in Perth can beat.
Great article Caroline,
my parents made the mistake of taking my little daughter here thinking she would happily eat chips... my dad was surprised and a bit put out when at the age of three, she polished off his entire $17 fish... it really IS good fish and chips.