A fresh take on a classic catch
Surry Hills’ Crown Street often comes across as a turgid sea of cafes, restaurants and bars that often overstep their boundaries and just try a little too hard. Situated in the middle of this like a humble buoy, lays Crown Street Fish shop, which has been dishing out homely plates of fresh fish, chips and seafood in a wonderfully traditional manner for the last few years.
The interior is just a tad industrial, just a tad modern, but refreshingly infused with a playful nautical theme which manifests in massive ice baskets filled with Coronas where traditionally the catch of the day would be, ropes hanging down from the ceiling and a porthole on one of the doors. The take-away booth also stays true to the roots of the old-school seaside chippies that you loved growing up.
The food largely reflects this vibe as well. A good blend of modern and traditional starters (the popcorn shrimp is a particular standout) adorn the menu, and for those not into seafood whatsoever, a good selection of burgers and steaks are also available. If you’re feeling a little adventurous though, this is the place to take the gamble and get a proper seafood experience beyond the cod and chips served up by your local. The Fisherman’s basket, served up in plastic basket lined with newspaper, is about as traditional as it comes, and serves up enough fried goodness to cater for two people with ease.
All the seafood is sustainably caught, as illustrated by a charming map telling you exactly where your catch came from, and tastes incredibly fresh as a result. It’s worth stressing however, that in order to get the best experience out of the place, order a healthy balance of fried food and freshly grilled things, lest you get swept in a never-ending current of beer batter and oil. Find this balance, and chances are you’ll have your mind changed as to just how good you thought fish and chips could really be.
Crown Street Fish Shop
a: 500 Crown St, Surry Hills
t: (02) 9357 2573