Perth’s best fish and chips: salt and batter-y from the deep sea

Who was numero uno in Perth's seafood stakes?
Who was numero uno in Perth's seafood stakes?

SUMMER is over and winter is coming. But you can still hold on to those sunshine vibes.

Grab your girl or guy, slip some Richard Marx in the old cassette deck and head coastal for some fish and chips.

Oh wait, it’s not 1989 any more… two of those things have gone out of style. But fish and chips? That never gets old.

The combination of beer batter, snapper, chips and enough chicken salt to clog the arteries of 20 men – that’s what we’re talking about.

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Perth has no shortage of great fish and chippers, and if our poll of staff is anything to go by, Leederville is a Perth seafood worshipper’s Lourdes.

Here are our takes for Perth’s best fish and chips.

10. The Old Trout, 81 Old Perth Road Bassendean (9279 8833)

The pride of the east, The Old Trout has won a legion of faithful followers by getting the basics just right. Superb value for money, with fish and chips still for less than $10 – but make sure to leave room for the sticky date pudding.

9. Fishagogo, 73 Phoenix Rd, Spearwood (9494 1160)

You’ll have leftovers for days thanks to the massive portion sizes at Fishagogo. It’s crispy, fresh and not too oily. It also ranked the highest in the Perth metro area in the Australian Fish and Chips awards for 2018.

8. Kiwi Fish and Chips, 163 Walter Road West, Dianella (9375 1055)

Not only is there a selection of fresh fish – but they’re serving Kiwi classics like fried whitebait fritters and kumara chips. They also sell Kiwi products for afters like L&P, Rashuns, and Perky Nanas.

7. Smiley Joe’s fish and chip shop, 2/6 Baroy Street, Falcon (9534 5566)

You’d expect great seafood in Mandurah, and Smiley Joe’s has won over plenty of devoted acolytes thanks to huge portion sizes and first-rate flavours. There are battered Mars bars if you’re keen to take a few years off the old lifespan, and the chips and gravy are a great investment if you’re not feeling particularly … fishy.

6. Cicerello’s, 44 Mews Road Fremantle (9335 1911)

You knew it would be on here … Cicerello’s is a Fremantle institution – having operated for 113 years. The grilled squid is a particular treasure, but the good old basic fish and chips are very hard to go past. Licensed, so you can enjoy a beer or wine with your fish supper, Cicerello’s is open every day of the year except Christmas Day.

5. Amberjacks, 28/94 Marine Parade Cottesloe (9385 0977)

What else would you expect in an up-market suburb but an up-market chippie? Amberjacks’ fresh fish is almost as beautiful as the view out over the Indian Ocean on a warm summer night. With a range of stunning fish and special treats like marinated octopus, a night at Amberjacks never disappoints.

4. Brighton Fish and Chips, 22A Muriel Avenue, Innaloo (9244 4228)

A family-owned establishment in operation since 1989, Brighton Fish and Chips has a tremendous range of fish at excellent prices. A basic fish and chips can be reeled in for less than $10, and their sausages in batter are considered a delicacy north of the river. The seafood scallops are also incredible.

3. Kailis Bros, 101 Oxford Street Leederville (9443 6300)

You can’t talk about Western Australian seafood without including the name Kailis in there somewhere. It’s a bit like talking about automotive history and not mentioning the Ford. A more formal dining experience than some on this list, you can enjoy sushi, oysters and seafood platters as well as some good, old-fashioned fish and chips.

2. Rocks Fish ‘N’ Grill, Quinns Village Shopping Centre, Quinns Rocks

One for the Brits, this family-run chippie is a winner for its options from Old Blighty, including a delightfully goopy curry sauce, crispy battered sausages and deep-fried Mars Bars. But that’s not to say their other offerings are any less delectable, with the fisherman’s basket a winner with a crispy fillet of snapper, prawns, a crab stick, squid, juicy real scallops and a couple of mussels sitting atop a mountain of fresh-from-the-fryer chips.

1. Sweetlips, 125 Oxford Street Leederville (9242 5745)

Three words people. Deep. Fried. Feta. Oh, and an absolutely sublime range of seafood, including, in our humble opinion, Perth’s best fish and chips.