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Best Fish n Chips in Canberra

By 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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Best Fish n Chips in Canberra
Clown Killer 11:36 am 20 Jun 08

I buy fresh fish from the place on the corner near the rug shop at the Fyshwick Markets. The reality is that unless most places both here in Canberra and on the coast get their seafood from the same place – the Sydney Fish Markets.

I was in Eden about a month ago and thought I’d treat the family to some fresh fish for dinner – not possible after doing the rounds of the fish coops, wholesalers and the like there wasn’t a bright eyed, shiny sea creature to be had … I ended up stopping at Fyshwick markets on the way home.

Woody Mann-Caruso 11:19 am 20 Jun 08

I do rate sezzle for sticking around after that beating she got after her first post, though – the world loves a stayer. 😉

Woody Mann-Caruso 11:17 am 20 Jun 08

I don’t rate Mawson at all. There’s something…I dunno, less the honest about their fish and chips. The fish should be en enormous, weighty wodge of flaky white goodness, enclosed in not-too-thick, not-too-thin but uniform and golden greasy batter, not some dainty fill-ay of some yuppie fish in tempura. The chips shoud be misshapen, different lengths, some crisp and golden, some soggy and squished. There needs to be tomato sauce, and Pasito, and a bit too much salt. There should be butchers paper that slowly becomes transparent, not cardboard boxes, and no logos in sight.

sezzle 11:11 am 20 Jun 08

If you’re in the Woden area of town you can’t go past Hughes Take-Away. Grilled Fish dinner $10 – very nice.

la mente torbida 10:53 am 20 Jun 08


Blue Seas in Leeton St, Fyshwick (near the Fyshwick Fruit Markets)

OzChick 10:43 am 20 Jun 08

I agree with Holden Caulfield, there is no such thing…

captainwhorebags 10:34 am 20 Jun 08

Somewhat related, can anyone recommend a very good fishmonger that’s close to the southside?

gun street girl 10:29 am 20 Jun 08

Thumbs up to all suggestions thus far: Flathead Cafe, Cape Cod and Fish O King are all good (although I think the latter has recently changed its name – doesn’t seem to have affected quality, however). Unfortunately, I don’t think anything here can hold a candle to what you can get 2.5 hours down the road – quick drive to the coast, anyone…?

Clown Killer 10:24 am 20 Jun 08

The O’Conner fisho is pretty good – the trick to avoiding high prices is to not specify your species. We found that the generic “fish of the day and chips” deal was a lot cheaper than specifying say, flayhead or Dory or whatever and you just end up with whatever fish they have more of – often a more expensive one too.

Not sure about good fisho’s on the south side. I would however warn against the little van at Wanniassa shops. It used to be OK but in my opinion that’s no longer the case.

lisagrace 10:20 am 20 Jun 08

I’m not big on fish and chips so can’t comment there, but I LOVE dim sims so can offer som advice.

You are correct, most takeaways in Canberra fry them which is no good compared to steamed. Kramer is correct, sometimes your best to get them from an asian takeaway or restaraunt, my vote is for Asian Cafe on WestRow.

However, you can’t go past buying them frozen from the supermarket and steaming them yourself, much cheaper and you can have them whenever you want.

perfect hangover food! 😉

la mente torbida 10:18 am 20 Jun 08

Cape Cod….Deakin shops

Holden Caulfield 10:18 am 20 Jun 08

There is no such thing as “best” and “Fish’n’Chips” and “Canberra”.

Sadly. 🙁

Morgan 10:12 am 20 Jun 08

I always feel Ill after eating at O’Connor fush and chups, I think the oil may not be hot enough so the fish becomes marinated in vegetable oil.

Kramer 10:02 am 20 Jun 08

I assume you are referring to Flathead Cafe at O’Connor, which is my favourite fish and chips in Canberra – although their chips could be a bit better. Nothing beats a summer evening there with a six pack of Coopers from the shops, and sitting outside with a good feed of fish & chips.

I leave the dim sims to the experts (Chinese takeaway & yum cha) where you can usually specify fried or steamed.

caf 10:00 am 20 Jun 08

“Fish O’ King” in Mawson has the best fish (but the chips can be kind of variable).

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