Just like a flock of seagulls, Melbournians go crazy for fish and chips. From family packs to fried fish, potato cakes and Chiko rolls, we all have our favourite orders memorized and with shops in every suburb across the state, you’re never too far away from Australia’s favourite take-away. Here are the best fish and chip shops in Melbourne serving up the freshest fish and crispiest fries.
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Cerberus Beach House
There is one chip shop in Melbourne with a million dollar view. With picturesque views of Half Moon Bay, Cerberus Beach House, named after the shipwrecked HMVS Cerberus, is surrounded by the stunning Red Bluff cliffs and features a casual kiosk and a restaurant upstairs. For six years, Cerberus has been sourcing sustainable produce from local fish markets and their filtered cottonseed oil gives their batter a tempura quality. You can order all the staples, plus burgers, fresh fish and for something different, try the sweet potato cake and battered hot dog.
With a staggering seven locations around Melbourne, Hunky Dory is not your typical, down-the-road fish and chip shop, but rather an establishment that prides itself on serving up healthier options. Open seven days in Port Melbourne, South Melbourne, South Yarra, Richmond, Highett, Moonee Ponds and Eastland Ringwood, you can dine in or take away and this place will even cater to events and functions. This family-run business was inspired by 89 years of fishing tradition on the Greek Islands and since 2004, Hunky Dory have served up fresh fish grilled to order with super food sides, options including quinoa and kale. There is also a selection of wraps and burgers in addition to all the usual fried favourites.
The enticingly vibrant window display will no doubt draw you inside, but it’s the quality of the long-line caught seafood which will have you coming back for more. From Tasmanian salmon to wild barramundi and garlic prawns, the menu at Fish Tank is full of fresh choices and even provides fun facts about the benefits of eating fish. There are baked, fried and grilled seafood options and the staff are even happy to clean a fish for you to bring home and BBQ yourself. The chips are served with a light, crackling batter, and there are even recipes for salmon, swordfish and spicy mussels for you to try on the website.
Let’s face it, fish and chips aren’t the healthiest take-away option but at The Fish, you can feel slightly less guilty about your order as their cholesterol free oils are approved by the Heart Foundation. Located in Heidelberg, this family-owned shop dishes up fries, burgers, souvlaki, salads and locally sourced seafood, plus your favourite fried foods can be ordered with a gluten free batter. Open six days a week, The Fish has an extensive selection of seafood including Blue Grenadier, Atlantic Salmon Rockling, prawns, scallops, and mussels. There is also a selection of family packs full of golden crunch and serving sizes are generous.
Often regarded as one of the best in Melbourne, D’Lish Fish dishes up crisp chips and potato cakes with views of the pier. Watch the Spirit of Tasmania pull in and out of port from the comfort of the alfresco dining area and enjoy tender fish including the beautifully grilled salmon. D’Lish provides vegetarian options, and the gluten-free batter is only a request away. Unlike many places, the fried food at D’Lish won’t leave you feeling greasy and for a decadent dessert, we recommend the battered Mars Bar.
Conveniently located in Lygon Street and at the Emporium, Tank is fitted with stylish interiors, and their batter is crisp and flaky. Positioned amongst Italian cafes and restaurants, the Lygon street shop stands out for all the right reasons and if you’ve ever walked past, then you’ll know just how popular Tank is with tables both indoors and outdoors always full. Tank only sources fish from Australia and New Zealand and their menu includes gluten-free options. The chips at Tank are sprinkled with finger-licking herb salt and their Moroccan chicken burger is a fan favourite.
Hooked pays homage to the British origins of fish and chips and when you order one of these patriotic parcels, you won’t be disappointed. The hand-cut chips, which come in regular and sweet potato, are chunky and well-seasoned. When it comes to seafood, both the Blue Grenadier and New Zealand Dory, have been certified sustainable and with a Hooked guarantee, you will never get a fish different to that on the menu. Gluten-free options are available for most dishes and serving sizes are quite large, plus the best part is that this fish and chipper is located in three locations, Hawthorn, Fitzroy, and Windsor.