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Best Fish n Chips in Canberra

neurotic_gal 20 June 2008 52

Where can you find the best fish n chips in Canberra?

I have been to the fish n chip shop in O’Connor which was pretty darn pricey.

Anyone know of a good, relatively inexpensive fish n chip shop that has good fish that aren’t from Lake Burley Griffin but are from the ocean and have somehow managed to stay relatively fresh on the traverse inland to get here.

I also love a good steamed dim sim, which are usually available at fish n chip shops in Melbourne, yet all the places I’ve gone to here in the good ole Capital  seem to just fry the living daylights out of dim sims (heart attack inducing) if they are available at all.


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mrs1948 mrs1948 9:48 am 20 Aug 15

Bernie’s from the Bay @ Charnwood gets my vote. We have been buying fish and chips from this wonderful shop ever since they opened, years ago. The fish is beautiful and fresh – there is a variety of fish to pick from and they will cook it fresh for you – battered or grilled. I often buy fresh fish to take home and cook myself and the quality and freshness is always excellent. The fish and seafood is delivered fresh from the South Coast weekly and the quality is fantastic They also sell salads and drinks. The owners are very friendly and very welcoming when I visit. So, if you live in the West Belconnen area, give them a go – I know you’ll be pleased.

Casiola Casiola 7:16 am 13 Aug 14

Why54 said :

Spectra said :

Northside, there’s excellent fish and okay chips to be had from Higgins (can’t recall the name I’m afraid). In Charnwood there’s Bernie’s from the Bay which has fantastic chips and pretty good fish too.

Bernies at charnie is very good.

Not anymore. Last time I was there the chips were of the frozen variety rather than the famous hand cut chips they were well known for.

The actual fish and calamari at Bernie’s was oily and forgettable. Steve’s at Melba has far better fish.

Why54 Why54 9:37 pm 12 Aug 14

Spectra said :

Northside, there’s excellent fish and okay chips to be had from Higgins (can’t recall the name I’m afraid). In Charnwood there’s Bernie’s from the Bay which has fantastic chips and pretty good fish too.

Bernies at charnie is very good.

Jethro Jethro 10:10 pm 03 Jul 11

razzie said :

The best fish and chips in Canberra can be found at Bernies From The Bay in Charnwood. After nearly 11 years living in Canberra our wait is finally over! We enjoyed every last morsel and will be making it our regular place to eat from now on.
Believe me, we have tried many places, even driving to Batesman Bay and Wollongong. Short of flying back to Perth to our favourite local, Bernies is by far the best we have tasted to date since being in the east and it’s also reasonably priced 🙂 The 15-20 minute drive there is worth every km.

You are probably right about it being the best in Canberra (although the place in Fyshwick would be pretty competitive).

That being said, I don’t think fish and chips are a Canberra thing. Fish and chip shops are rare and crap. Bernie’s wouldn’t rate as any better than average in QLD.

razzie razzie 9:48 pm 03 Jul 11

The best fish and chips in Canberra can be found at Bernies From The Bay in Charnwood. After nearly 11 years living in Canberra our wait is finally over! We enjoyed every last morsel and will be making it our regular place to eat from now on.
Believe me, we have tried many places, even driving to Batesman Bay and Wollongong. Short of flying back to Perth to our favourite local, Bernies is by far the best we have tasted to date since being in the east and it’s also reasonably priced 🙂 The 15-20 minute drive there is worth every km.

phototext phototext 8:28 am 06 Dec 08

Taste On Jardine in Kingston.

They do great burgers too.

poptop poptop 8:07 am 06 Dec 08

Hawker shops seems to punch above its weight. The butcher used make magnificent sausages – probably still does.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 8:04 am 06 Dec 08

Having come here from the land of “fish ‘n’ chips” I can reliably inform you that the the fish and chips at Hawker chippy, next door to “Rock Salt”, are the finest in the capital.

poptop poptop 8:00 am 06 Dec 08

Southside has to be Naked Fish [formerly Fisho King] at Southlands.

You stop at Bruno’s for some chocs for afters, if you’re early enough.

willo willo 7:51 am 06 Dec 08

bernie’s gets my vote too

missalli missalli 11:25 pm 05 Dec 08

Bernie’s also have sweet potato scallops that are just devine!

dexi dexi 9:10 pm 05 Dec 08

The Canberra Yacht Fish and chips isn’t worth the trip this year. It wasn’t fresh. Small serve. Still worth the drive to Kingston for “Taste on Jardine”.

ant ant 11:46 am 18 Oct 08

Best fish and chips in Canberra? Queanbeyan! The traditional hamburgery in the main street, next to Walshes Hotel, gets great raps from the fish-eaters. It certainly looked good.

dexi dexi 8:59 am 18 Oct 08

Best : “Taste On Jardine” in Kingston (across from the PO). Good selection of fish. Great Batter, good salad, good chips and the best sauce. Excellent meal and value.

We had takeaway fish and chips from Deakin last night. Very disappointing. Small serve, (not enough chips, lemon, sauce, no salt) and the batter didn’t add to the meal. Poor meal and value.

The Yacht Club has a takeaway (hole in the wall) open on the weekends now. Ill try it next week. Last year it was good.

russh russh 12:15 pm 10 Jul 08

Bernies at the Bay at Charnwood shops is outstanding, and have real chips. The fortune box at Gungahlin Town Centre do fantastic steamed dims sims (home made)

ant ant 11:48 pm 21 Jun 08

Best chips I’ve had in YEARS was from that pub in Cooma (Alpine Hotel). I’d forgotten chips could taste like that. Amazingly light and crispy (they were proper fat chips), and almost nothing inside, they were like clouds. Crispy clouds.

Gotta go back through Cooma soon.

Not sure how their fish was as we didn’t have it, but they’re first stop on the road up from Eden/Merimbula…

kean van choc kean van choc 6:36 pm 21 Jun 08

We’d given up buying cooked fish and chips in Canberra and started making our own, but we had them (and calamari) today for lunch at the Belco Markets – really, really good. The fish – flathead – was fresh (well, as fresh as you can get in Canberra), the batter thin and crispy, and the chips were chunky enough and very tasty. The shop itself was a very casual affair with plastic chairs and tables; just what you’d expect from a place at the markets. They do a roaring trade with heaps of people kicking back with seafood laksa, lobster and other assorted stuff from the sea. Well worth a try.

As for Hughes (almost my local shops) – I don’t rate them. The batter is thick and floury. The chips are OK though.

Bungle Bungle 6:24 pm 21 Jun 08

Bernies at the Bay in Charnwood. The chips are real – potatoes chopped up rather than the frozen processed crap you get at most takeaways. The fish is great as well.

green_frogs_go_pop green_frogs_go_pop 6:11 pm 21 Jun 08

Vic Bitterman said :

Isabella Plains takeaway.

Nobody but shop owners of Greek extraction can cook quality fish & chips! 🙂

(Their pizzas suck BTW)

Haha, definatly. (Both, the fish and chips are good, and the pizzas arent something to write home about..)

and fish o king? Been there once, i had to sell organs on the black market to pay for it. (haha, i’m so funny. but seriously, it was expensive and such.)
But, johno’s takeaway (which is what? two doors down or something?) does pretty good fish and chips..last time i was there, anyway.

Pickle Pickle 5:45 pm 21 Jun 08

I second: Hughes Take-Away, never tried the fish, but the burgers and pizza are fine

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