Vic’s best fish’n’chips

It is just not summer in Victoria without a sunset meal of grilled flake, a dimmy, chips and a chin covered in tomato sauce. So to make your summer holiday complete check out the round up of Victoria’s best fish and chips.

Great Ocean Road

Aa new floating fish restaurant has opened recently at Western Beach on Geelong Waterfront. The Geelong Boat House is located on an atmospheric old barge that has taken six years of planning. Open daily from 9am to late, The Boat House turns out super-fresh, traditional-style battered and grilled fish and chips, salads, home-made cakes and great coffee. Visitors can dine on the roof or gangplank, and takeaway is available, even to passing sailors who can have their meal lowered down in a basket! 10 Western Beach Foreshore Road, Geelong. Ph: 03 5222 3642

Further along the coast, visitors to Warrnambool should not miss out on a take away meal from the East Warrnambool Fish N Chip Shop. With a menu full of seafood, burgers and even souvlaki’s, it is the best place to grab a meal before heading to the beach for some whale watching. Ph: 03 5561 7905 – 4 Nicholson Street, Warrnambool

Gippsland

The tranquil seaside village of Port Albert is well known for its ocean-fresh seafood. Former professional fisherman Michael Hobson, has set up the terrific seafood restaurant Wildfish Port Albert right on the waterfront. It’s easy to spend all afternoon sitting on the deck overlooking the water or snuggled up inside near the warm fire (in winter) in this beautifully decorated restaurant. Enjoy the culinary oceanic delights, accompanied by a wide choice of wines. 40 Wharf St, Port Albert. Ph: 03 5183 2007

Located on Australia’s largest network of inland waterways and somewhat of a mecca for boaties, fishermen and family holidays, it is no surprise that Lakes Entrance offers plenty of choice when it comes to fresh seafood. When it comes to fish and chips, visitors can take their pick from the catch of the day at Awesome Fish n Chips or Omega 3 Fish & Chips. The latter is owned by the Lakes Entrance Fishing Co-op Limited and doubles as a fish monger so patrons can choose from freshly caught fish cooked in or to take away. The local tip: the prawns are a must!

Phillip Island

The San Remo Fishing Co-operative and Pelican View Family Restaurant is situated on the water just before the bridge that takes visitors to Phillip Island. It’s a great place to enjoy a fresh meal by the inlet, and watch the pelicans being fed everyday at noon. Seafood travel packs are also available for takeaway for guests wanting to enjoy a meal on one of the Island’s beautiful beaches.  190 Marine Parade, San Remo. Ph: 03 5678 5206

Visitors can work up an appetite at the Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm by catching their own lunch! Probably the freshest – and most satisfying – meal most guests will have, the rainbow trout fillets are great grilled or cooked in tempura batter and are accompanied by golden chips and salad. Café specials are also available. 30 Rhyll-Newhaven Road, Rhyll, Phillip Island. Ph: 03 5956 9255

Mornington Peninsula

With amazing views right across Port Phillip Bay, The Rocks in Mornington boasts an 80% seafood menu. Take a seat under the nets inside the restaurant, or relax in the sun on the deck as the fishermen tie up their boats at the wharf opposite. 1 Schnapper Point Drive, Mornington. Ph: 03 5973 5599

Another beach side gem with stunning views of Sorrento bay is the very popular restaurant The Baths. Known for excellent mussels, guests can enjoy a great seafood meal matched with a range of local wines either inside or out on the deck overlooking the water. For those wanting a take away meal, sister venue The Sorrento Baths Fish and Chip Shop is just next door, and tastes best at the end of Sorrento pier whilst watching the ferry come and go.  3278 Point Nepean Rd, Sorrento. Ph: 5984 1800

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