Best fish and chips in Gippsland
San Remo Fishermans Co-op
170 Marine Parade, San Remo
Fish and chips on the foreshore screams summer, and there’s no better place to get your fill of freshly caught seafood than the San Remo Fishermans Co-op. Serving up fish caught on the co-op’s own boats, including Bass Strait gummy shark (flake) and southern rock lobster, as well as hand-battered scallops, crumbed calamari, chunky chips, salads and proper burgers, this waterfront fish and chip monger is the ultimate crowd pleaser. Get there around noon if you want to catch the daily pelican feeding show. This free activity is undertaken by well-trained staff and is regulated by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, with Wild Pelicans of San Remo Pier numbering as many as 35.
345 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance
Buying fish and chips from this Lakes Entrance hot spot comes with a warning: you might get hooked. Being one of the only local businesses to have its own trawler means Wilf Catch customers can be confident that they’re getting the highest-quality, fresh-caught fish possible. Known for their tender calamari, melt-in-your-mouth gummy and crispy battered ling, there’s a lot to love about the food at Wild Catch. That the décor is on theme, too, (the main counter is shaped like a boat) really rounds out the whole experience.
Port Welshpool General Store
93 Lewis St, Port Welshpool
The quiet coastal community of Port Welshpool might not be the first place you’d look for some of the finest fish in chips in South Gippsland, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at the Port Welshpool General Store. Make sure you arrive with an appetite because you’ll want to try everything on their small but thoughtful menu. From perfectly cooked calamari, crispy fish burgers and basic (but beautifully done) fish and chips, to hotdogs and burgers. Throw in a side of chips, wedges or onion rings for good measure. This picture-perfect spot also offers exceptional value for money, with their generously portioned fisherman’s platter for two setting you back just $25.
Ocean View Takeaway & Kiosk
21 Marine Parade, Marlo
Behind its white weatherboard façade, this humble beachfront kiosk is stacking some of the state’s tastiest old-school fish and chip shop burgers and freshest fish and chips, minus the grease. The ingredients are high quality, the service friendly and the chips still come wrapped in paper, as they should. Grab a bite to go and wander down the path to the beach for a superb seaside feast.