Fish and chips are a classic English meal, typically consisting of fried fish with deep-fried potatoes. If you are familiar with the dish, it may have originated in England as early as the 1860s.
In a city as expensive as Sydney, fish and chips can feel like a guilty pleasure. But I’m here to show you that it doesn’t have to be! Get your hands on some of the best fish and chips in Sydney without blowing all your money.
While this classic dish is popular around much of the world, Sydney has some of the best fish and chip shops in Australia. So if you’re ever craving some deep-fried goodness, take a trip to our list below for your next fix.
Fish Shop Seafood Restaurant
The Fish Shop Seafood Restaurant at Manly Wharf offers great food by the seaside. With its charming atmosphere, this place is one of the most romantic spots in Sydney for intimate dining or catching up with friends. Their fresh seafood here reflects their motto “the kitchen is only as good as the fish it cooks.”
Their menu is simple but does not skimp on quality, with an emphasis on sustainable seafood.
Another great place to get some fish and chips in Sydney is Billy’s at Rose Bay. This family-style restaurant has been around for many years. They are known for their friendly service and fresh produce, which can be seen inside their very own grocery store next door.
While their food may be a bit pricier than other establishments on this list, keep in mind that you’re paying for quality here. So if you have the time to wait for your order, definitely come by to taste what all the fuss is about!
Harry’s Cafe de Wheels
Now If you’re looking to dive right into some fish and chips, don’t miss out on Harry’s Cafe de Wheels. A Sydney institution since 1942, this place is sure to satisfy your fish cravings. Don’t be afraid of their humble appearance.
These guys serve some of the best fish and chips in town! They also offer many gluten-free options plus cakes, pies and coffee for dessert after your main course.
Cornish Pasty Co.
This inner west pub serves up traditional English fare with an Aussie twist (they brew their beer). Their oven-baked pasties are second to none; like something your grandma made but even better.
They’re stuffed full of meat, potatoes, swede (a variety of yellow turnip) carrots and onions then smothered in gravy; think less pot pie, more hot pocket. Also, try their hand-cut salt and malt vinegar chips, they’re out of this world.
Marrickville Pork Roll
Not far from the Cornish Pasty Co is the Marrickville Pork Roll. It’s a humble little storefront that looks like it barely has enough room to pass you on their way out the door but I promise you, your eyes will love you for stopping in.
They serve up fish and chips wrapped in newspaper – just like the good old days! Their batter is so light and crispy, it almost melts in your mouth. The fish are also huge! For $10-12, you can have yourself a hearty feed complete with thick-cut chips and slaw.
So if you’re ever feeling hungry for some good old fashion fried fish with a side of potatoes, check out one of these five places for an unforgettable meal.
If neither of those options tickles your fancy, don’t worry there are plenty more fish in the sea (or should I say batter?). Some of my other favourites are the Sydney Fish Market, Harbourside Fish and Chips at The Rocks, or if you’re feeling a little fancy head to Omeros Bros Seafood Diner.
Fish and chips may not be your usual date night fare but with prices like these, I think it’s time to change that!