Fish and chips that leave you wishing you had more
I picked up the phone to call reception. 'Can you recommend a good fish and chip shop in Busselton?' I asked the woman manning the desk at the Amalfi Resort. 'That's easy,' she said. 'It's no more than 500 metres from here, around the corner on Bussell Highway – the Corner Store'. Well that's handy, I thought.
West End Take-A-Ways is located in the Corner Store, which is convenient because it means you can grab a tub of icecream while you wait for your dinner to be cooked, or you can pop next door to buy a bottle of something sparkling or hoppy to enjoy with your meal. Take note of the name: Take-A-Ways. This isn't a place with a lovely view of the water to sit and enjoy your meal.
The menu isn't going to win any prizes for originality, but who goes to a fish'n'chip shop to be challenged? What you are looking for is good, fresh fish, clean oil, generous chips, and a range of sides. Take-A-Ways delivers on all counts.
We ordered the Family Deal ($41) and a Kids Meal Deal ($6.95) for our group of four adults and two small children. The Family Deal included four pieces of hake, $4 worth of chips, 6 crumbed squid rings and 4 seafood sticks. Turns out we didn't actually receive our seafood sticks, but we didn't realise this until much later.
The Kids Meal gives you a choice of 2 Fish Bits, 6 chicken nuggets or 6 crumbed squid rings, plus a serve of chips and a can of drink. We didn't actually get our can of drink either but we obviously were not paying much attention, so we can't put all the blame on the shop.
The food that we did receive was great, and we wish there had been more. $4 of chips may not sound like a lot, but we had plenty of leftovers, and they were fat and well cooked. The fish was fresh and tasty, and the kids ate well more than their fair share, which is always a good sign. They work in tandem – one eats all the batter, the other eats all the fish.
As well as fish and chips, Take-A-Ways also offers a range of burgers from a plain hamburger (beef pattie, onions, tomato, lettuce and sauce $6.95) to the hamburger with the lot (beef patties, onions, bacon, egg, cheese, tomato, lettuce, beetroot, carrot, cucumber and sauce $9.95). They also do steak, chicken, fish and vegie burgers (from $7.95 to $10.95).
A full range of sides are offered including the ubiquitous Chicko Roll ($2.80), crumbed sausage ($3.20) and Pluto Pup ($3) to the (slightly) more refined sea scallops ($1.80 each), battered or crumbed prawns ($1.80 each) and pineapple fritters ($1.50).