By James Gratton and Jeremy Rochow
Published: Thursday, November 5, 2020
Our state is home to some of Australia's best beaches, and 2 things most South Aussies associate with a day by the sea are fresh fish and crispy chips.
Here at samotor we take our fish and chips so seriously that we’ve listed 9 we think you should try.
1. Vivonne Bay General Store
Vivonne Bay may be one of Australia’s best kept secrets, but the true hidden gem is the town’s general store.
Locals and visitors from all corners of Kangaroo Island flock to the shop to enjoy the famous whiting burger and crispy chips.
The succulent battered fillets are perfectly complemented by a lightly toasted Turkish roll, some salad and a dollop of mayo.
2. Sotos Fish Shop
Sotos Fish Shop has been a Semaphore stalwart for more than 65 years. Despite changing hands over the years, the shop is committed to serving up some of the state’s best takeaway.
You’ll love the golden chips, which are freshly cut in-store every day and topped off with their famous homemade chicken salt.
3. The Stunned Mullet
Every summer, a line of fish-and-chip-lovers winds out the door of The Stunned Mullet, and it’s easy to see why.
Over the past 15 years, the team has established themselves as one of the state’s best seaside eateries.
It’s hard to go past the delicious King George whiting, but if you’re on a budget, the butterfish will leave you satisfied.
Stirling might not be the first place that comes to mind for quality fish and chips, but South Aussies are now heading up the South Eastern Fwy in droves to sample the menu at Angler.
The recently opened shop uses ethically sourced seafood from across the state, which is then dry aged onsite.
Head Chef Sam Prance-Smith brings a wealth of experience to the kitchen, after a stint working alongside celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal in the UK.
From chip butties to green ant and prawn hot dogs, there’s plenty to like about what’s on offer at this Adelaide Hills restaurant.
5. Fish Out of Water
Nestled among fashion boutiques and busy hair salons on King William Rd, Fish Out of Water is exactly what the name suggests.
But that doesn’t stop the establishment from pulling a crowd. Whether you like your fish battered, crumbed or grilled, this eatery is the perfect place for a Friday-night feast.
6. Flying Fish Café
After a sun-soaked day of beach cricket and boogie boarding in Horseshoe Bay, the Flying Fish Café is the perfect remedy for an empty stomach.
It’s a rite of passage to sit back at the nearby park or beach while tucking into the famous Coopers Sparkling Ale battered fish and chips, served in a takeaway cone.
7. Port Willy Kiosk
Located next door to sister restaurant Star of Greece, the Port Willy Kiosk gives you the best of both worlds.
Enjoy restaurant-quality King George whiting, caught fresh from Kangaroo Island, while sharing a bag of hot chips under the newly revamped deck or down on the sand.
Looking for something on the lighter side? The salt and pepper squid’s a must-try according to locals.
If you’re looking for something to dip your chips in, try the Port Willy Kiosk’s very own housemade aioli.
8. The Fresh Fish Place
Port Lincoln’s arguably South Australia’s seafood capital, making it the perfect place to get your fish-and-chip fix.
Whether you’re looking for flaky flathead or crunchy chips, the Fresh Fish Place cooks up a large range of seafood, sourced locally.
Take your pick from garfish, kingfish or King George Whiting which can be battered, crumbed in panko or pan fried.
The Fresh Fish Place isn’t your regular fish and chip shop though. You can take a behind-the-scenes look at the processing factory, before tasting a range of the Eyre Peninsula’s finest seafood.
9. Lacepede Seafood
It’s hard to look past the cooked lobsters or fresh oysters at this fish and chip shop situated near the jetty at Kingston SE.
If you can manage to resist the lobster and oysters, the fish and chips won’t disappoint.
Grab a piece of lightly battered flake and some of the crispiest chips you’ll find in the South East, then eat them in the adjacent park or on the jetty.
For something different, grab a container of lobster pâté to take home with you.