Where to find the best fish and chips in Sydney
With its stunning coastline stretching from Palm Beach to Cronulla, it’s no wonder fish and chips have been a favourite with generations of Sydneysiders.
- February 2018
With its stunning coastline stretching from Palm Beach to Cronulla, it’s no wonder fish and chips have been a favourite with generations of Sydneysiders. A salty fix of crispy fish and golden-fried potatoes has become synonymous with long days at the beach and relaxing with friends and family. Here are our top 5 places for the best fish and chips in Sydney.
Fish and chips: a classic dish
The stroke of genius that inspired serving fried fish with a side of chips is attributed to Jewish migrant Joseph Malin, who opened a shop in London in 1860. The trend quickly caught on in Australia when it was brought here by the British.
The dish has come a long way from its humble beginnings—the days of getting your fish wrapped in the day’s newspaper have evolved into dining options ranging from casual to high-class.
Bottom of the Harbour: sensational seafood and serene views
If you’re keen for a fish and chip feed after a dip in the briny, this is the place for you. Dine overlooking the esplanade’s enormous fig trees, backed by the tranquil harbour waters of popular Balmoral Beach. Located on the esplanade, Bottom of the Harbour has been family-owned and operated since 1989—so they must be doing something right.
Their slogan ‘more than just seafood’ is reflected in a menu covering everything from old-school battered fish ‘n’ chips to vegetarian burgers and Greek salad. All their fish is sourced from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified suppliers, meaning you can feast knowing your fish has been sustainably sourced.
Location: 21 The Esplanade, Balmoral Beach
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Ocean Foods: inner-west institution
Ocean Foods opened in Drummoyne more than 30 years ago. Run by the Nittis family, who have been in the fish and chips game since 1915, this popular pick claims to have the ‘best fish and chips in the universe’. They only use top-quality Australian and New Zealand seafood, and the choice changes regularly depending on what’s been brought in by the trawlers, so you can be sure you’re getting a fresh feed. Their batter is made from a long-standing secret family recipe. Order takeaway online, or enjoy fully licensed dining inside or on the veranda, al-fresco style.
Location: 154 Lyons Road, Drummoyne
Bondi’s Best: ritzy beachside dining
Joel Best founded Bondi’s Best in 2011, after working as a chef at some of Australia’s finest seafood restaurants, including Pier and Fishface. Alongside sushi artist Hirofumi Fujita, he’s created a menu that offers both freshly cooked seafood and hand-crafted sushi. All meals reflect their motto that ‘seafood done right is one of life’s great joys.’
They have two locations: a restaurant at North Bondi overlooking the beach and perfect for casual dining and takeaways, and a ritzier spot in Hall Street. It’s a great spot for a splurge meal, with hero fish dishes like miso-marinated Patagonian toothfish and crispy skin salmon with butter teriyaki.
Location: 39-53 Campbell Parade, North Bondi
Shop 8, 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi
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Kiwi Style Fish and Chips: trans-Tasman takeaway treat
If you’re hanging out for a fish feed before or after your flight, this busy shop is only seven minutes from the airport. Their fish and chips features MSC-certified Cape Capensis—a white-fleshed deep-sea fish from the Atlantic Ocean, fried in a golden beer batter. It’s served the traditional way: ‘in a wrapped-up paper package of love’. For a taste from across the ditch, try their kumara (that's Kiwi for sweet potato) chips, or their New Zealand green-lip mussels and Pacific oysters.
Location: 895 Botany Road, Mascot
Crown Street Fish Shop: seafood inner-city style
Also offering seafood away from the coast is this slick inner-city joint, which boasts long timber tables and a licensed bar. Their menu offers an eclectic mix of seafood, salads and burgers, with daily specials such as lobster roll and bao street buns.
On offer are beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips and classic favourites like potato scallops, Chiko rolls, and ‘old school’ spring rolls. Grab a bite with a wine or boutique beer to fuel up before exploring the rest of Crown Street.
Location: 500 Crown St, Surry Hills