Easter weekend is nigh and although it’s somewhat strange to not be packing up for a long weekend trip away, we live in paradise already so lucky us.
As you’re no doubt aware, Good Friday is a day on which we’re not supposed to consume any meat besides seafood and again lucky for us, there’s many an epic fish and chippery (great word) on the Gold Coast to choose from.
Here are 9 of them from north to south.
The folks at Charis Seafoods are the biggest seafood retailer in Queensland, so they have everything you could possibly need for a seafood feast. The family-owned business are serving up fresh and cooked fish, prawns, lobster, oysters, mussels, scallops, octopus and crab and everything is of the highest possible quality. YUM.
Where: 371 Marine Parade, Labrador
Peter’s Fish Market
A Gold Coast institution and an absolute must-visit, Peter’s Fish Market can be found right on the Broadwater with fresh seafood coming in off the trawler daily. There’s often a lineup out the door for both fresh and cooked seafood and everything is absolutely delicious, every time. Get in early, they’re very busy this time of year.
Where: Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
The Fish Emporium
A stunning venue right on the water at Isle of Capri, The Fish Emporium is offering takeaway and you’re probably going to want to sample everything. The best of ocean goodness, everything on the menu is fresh and tasty and you can roll up in your boat, should that be an option, to pick it up. How fun.
Where: Via Roma on Isle of Capri
Two Wise Fish
Somewhat of a newbie on the fish and chip scene, Two Wise Fish opened in Mermaid Waters to rave reviews. For good reason. Their menu is an impressive one with plenty of fresh fish and seafood to choose from plus tasty treats like a Golden Crumbed Fish & Salad Sandwich which is the absolute goods. Pop in and taste all of that for yourself.
Where: Shop 1/64 Karbunya St, Mermaid Waters
The Jolly Roger
The newest of the bunch, The Jolly Roger opened in Miami to bring us fish and chips with a bit of a twist. Which comes in the way of Keto options. Yes, meaning there are healthy fish and chips and they taste mighty fine. Of course, you can get the regular version here too plus things like prawn skewers and salads and there’s beer on offer too. Perfect.
Where: 3/110 Mountain View Ave, Miami
Burleigh Heads Fish Mongers
If you’ve ever set foot in Burleigh, you will have seen James Streets’ beloved fish and chip joint, Fish Mongers. It’s generally packed with diners and or takeawayers and that’s because they’re serving up the absolute goods when it comes to seafood. Choose from the freshest of fish to take home and cook yourself or opt for their famous cooked-for-you options should you wish to do absolutely nothing except eat. Same. Definitely try this one team.
Where: James Street, Burleigh Heads
A hidden gem but one of the best fish and chip shops around is Dine Fine in Palm Beach. First and foremost because they have a Parmesan crumb that can and should be added to every piece of fish you order (and everything else in life) and second because they cook everything to crunchy, golden perfection. They also have exceptional calamari and well, pretty much everything really.
Where: 30 Mawarra St, Palm Beach
Luka’s Fish and Chips
A family-owned business since 1988, Luka’s are doing fish and chips old school-style. And that means super tasty and served with a smile. Found on the highway in Palm Beach, Luka’s are a beloved local shop who serve all your favourites in the freshest of varieties and nothing has any added preservatives. Head in there to support these delightful folks this Easter.
Where: Shop 1, 1114 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
The Inky Squid
Having only been open for a couple of years, The Inky Squid are doing a roaring trade down Terranora way. They source from local suppliers across the region and of course, choose only the best quality. Choose from plenty of sweet fish and chip options or one of their epic family packs for a little bit of everything. They’ll also have gelato this weekend to celebrate their birthday and it would be rude not to.
Where: The Pavilions Marketplace: 5/2-14 Henry Lawson Drive, Terranora
Words by Kirra Smith