san remo fishermans co-op on the deck
Fish and chips enjoyed in a picturesque seaside setting is one of life’s most simple – yet satisfying – pleasures. With more than 2500 kilometres of coastline, it should be no surprise that there are some top notch fish and chips to be found along Victoria’s coast. Here are some of the most popular spots to enjoy fresh local seafood, pretty much straight off the boat – and often with spectacular views:
GEELONG AND THE BELLARINE PENINSULA
The Geelong Boat House is located on an atmospheric old barge at the western end of the Geelong Waterfront. Open daily from 9am until 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, +61 3 5222 3642.
Front and centre on the Geelong Waterfront, King George Fish and Grill is a family-run business offering an extensive menu of local seafood – including fish n chips – in a relaxed restaurant environment with friendly hospitality. 100 Western Beach Road, Geelong, +61 3 5221 6267.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD
A popular spot with the locals, the Apollo Bay Seafood cafe offers a selection of seafood including generous servings of locally caught fish and chips, and memorable views. Diners can eat in or make it a meal to go and tuck in among the greenery at one of the many picnic tables at the park across the street. 119 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, +61 3 5237 6008.
Further along the coast, The Wharf Commons is a new addition to Port Fairy’s food offering. With a selection of fish and chips as well as burgers, it is a great spot to sample the ‘catch of the day’ in this picturesque, historic seaside village. 29 Gipps Street, Port Fairy.
The tranquil seaside village of Port Albert is well known for its fresh seafood. Former professional fisherman Michael Hobson is behind the must-visit seafood restaurant Wildfish Port Albert which showcases local seafood, produce and wine in an elegant setting. 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 right on the waterfront. 40 Wharf St, Port Albert, +61 3 5183 2007.
Located on Australia’s largest network of inland waterways and somewhat of a mecca for boaties, fishermen and family holiday makers, it is no surprise that Lakes Entrance offers plenty of choice when it comes to fresh seafood. For fish n chips, visitors can take their pick from the catch of the day at Awesome Fish n Chips or Fishermens Own Omega 3! 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 take away. The local tip: the prawns are a must.
Visitors heading to Phillip Island shouldn’t miss out on a meal from Pelican View – The San Remo Fisherman’s Co-operative, situated on the water’s edge just before the bridge to the island. Established in 1948, the San Remo’s Fisherman’s Co-op is an icon of San Remo which brings in fresh seafood daily. Visitors and locals can enjoy the day’s catch at the Pelican View family restaurant, overlooking the foreshore, and watch the pelicans being fed everyday at noon. Seafood travel packs are also available to takeaway for guests wanting to enjoy a meal on one of the Island’s beautiful beaches. 190 Marine Parade, San Remo, +61 3 5678 5206.
Visitors can catch their own lunch at the Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm. 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. 30 Rhyll-Newhaven Road, Rhyll, Phillip Island, + 61 3 5956 9255.
The Portsea Hotel is a classic spot to enjoy fish and chips with amazing views across Port Phillip Bay. This icon of the Mornington Peninsula with its wrap-around deck and beer garden overlooking the historic Portsea Pier is a popular place to grab a meal before or after the beach, a round of golf, a mooch around the shops or to just stop and soak up the views and people watch. 3746 Point Nepean Road, Portsea, +61 3 5984 2213.
The Deck Bar & Bistro at the Flinders Hotel in the heart of Flinders is another local gem. Guests can choose from pub menu classics – including fish n chips – and innovative bistro style meals including a range of tantalizing local seafood options matched with a range of local wines, beers and ciders. Meals can be enjoyed inside or out on the deck. Corner Cook & Wood Streets, Flinders, +61 3 5989 0201.
Visitors to Victoria don’t need to travel to the coastline for the freshest fish and chips on offer. Tuki Trout Farm, just 40 minutes north of Ballarat, is the ultimate countryside retreat that encourages fish and chip enthusiasts to catch their own trout fresh from the pond or select the rainbow trout straight from the menu. Tuki’s chef serves the trout bone-free with a side of crushed green peppercorn dressing, locally grown potatoes and locally baked bread. 60 Stoney Rises Road, Smeaton, +61 3 5345 6233