26 January 2010

Chish n Fips: Australia Day Lunch, Coogee (26 Jan 2010)

Cnr Arden Street and Coogee Bay Road, Coogee NSW 2034

Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! ...

'I would like to show my respect and Acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Land, of Elders past and present, on which this eating takes place'

Whether you're celebrating Happy Australia Day or commiserating Invasion Day, there's one thing for certain, many Australians love being patriotic with their proud display of Australian flags and fake tattoos, beach towels and swimwear at the beach. I'm sure many will be feasting on beer and BBQ while I enjoy my equally Aussie passion for fish n chips in the sunny weather.

Chish n Fips seems to occupy a heritage tram shelter in the middle of Coogee Beach. It's in a prime location for the beach goers passing by. The service is efficient and friendly and seems fairly reasonably priced. It's pretty basic fish and chips with no hidden surprises although the tartare sauce is quite nice. The fish fillet is on the thin side and I've had crispier batter but it's all pretty decent. Calamari rings are quite small and have about as much crumbing as calamari. They have a few salads to choose from which is good.

PROS: Close to beach, convenient, efficient service
CONS: Parking, backpackers
MUST TRY: Tartare sauce, finding a shady spot

Fish, Chips and Salad $11.90

Crumbed Calamari, Chips and Salad $11.90

Tartare sauce $2.50 (large)

The bill


Menu and service counter

Shop front

Coogee Beach

Beach volleyball

Coogee beach rock pool

Surf rescue

Table with a view

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joey@FoodiePop said...

What a lovely day it has been. It looks like you had a great time down at Coogee. Happy Oz Day Simon!

Ladybird said...

Coogee would have bn a great place to be today for Australia Day, and what better to eat than fish n' chips :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Simon, This post reminds me of the competition being run by one of our local rags - nominate Aust's national dish. I personally thinks its hilarious that almost all the suggested 'dishes' can easily be traced back to our colonial roots. And yet we (desperately) claim those as our own. Don't get me wrong, I love a good pie/fish&chips/barbecue ... but to claim it as purely Australian? Even the pavlova is nothing more than dressed meringues - an 'evolved' version does not make it 'native'! Lets start a movement to promote witchetty grub as our new national dish! We don't all have to love eating it (as the majority of Scots do not like haggis) but at least it'd be unique to Australia. Gobsmack'd

Joanie said...

Happy Australia Day Simon! =)
The fish and chips and the beach is definitely AUSTRALIA!!!

Simon Food Favourites said...

hi joey, happy oz day to you too. couldn't get better weather!

hi ladybird, was heaps of people and a stage of free entertainment which was nice.

hi gobsmack'd, i know what you mean about the aussie dishes being our own but i guess that's the way it is these days now. i can't say a bbq witchetty grub will ever take off even though it's fully native but i wish you luck. last time i was in scotland haggis seemed to be quite popular and my scottish friends seemed to still enjoy it but i wasn't too big a fan myself. perhaps kangaroo and possum and emu bbq would be a good alternative? :-)

hi joanie, can't go wrong with fish and chips although i always feel too full after hehe :-)

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