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I think I have a love/hate relationship with Fish n Chips. I seem to fall in love with the excitement of having freshly deep fried fish n chips — perhaps it's childhood memories — but often forget I hate the inevitable oiliness of the food no matter how good the reviews claim to be, especially Ocean Foods quote of 'Best Fish n Chips in the Universe' which I'm sure can't be proven and is simply a marketing claim like so many other businesses tend to put in their signage to attract potential customers.
This visit was inspired by recent food blog reviews I read from Jenius, pigged-out.com, and Not Quite Nigella which had more favourable experiences than mine it seems. Eatability has mixed reviews, with some loving the place and some annoyed at the Cash Only policy and complaining the food is overpriced and fish sometimes tasting bland.
On this occasion my experience wasn't particularly good. The salt and pepper calamari although tasty and tender was very oily, which made it a tad soggy, and I found the coating too thick for the tiny pieces. The salmon burger looked yummy until I picked it up and noticed the pool of oil covering the bottom bun which instantly made my hands greasy. The generous amount of bread you get fills you up but I think it takes away from more delicate tastes inside. I appreciated the potato scallops being homemade but again quite oily and the amount of batter outweighed the thin slice of potato. The young service counter lady who took my order was a bit absent minded and I had to point out when my order was ready as it sat next to her. On top of all this the weather turned very nasty with wind and buckets of rain as I sat down to eat.
I have to remember for me the best way to eat seafood is as natural as possible so you can appreciate the delicate tastes. Ocean Foods seems to have a huge array of fresh and battered options which makes it a one-stop shop for your Fish n Chips needs but hopefully your experience will be better than mine. I might visit again on a nice sunny day to try the basic fish n chips and prawn salad perhaps and hopefully regain my joyful childhood memories.
Salt and pepper calamari $8.90
Homemade potato scallops $1.20 each ($4.40 for 4)
Grilled salmon burger: Salmon steak, baby rocket, semi-dried tomatoes, swiss cheese and hollandaise sauce $10.95
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