12 February 2010
The Lighthouse Victoria Point - Fantastic Fish and Chips
Just like the humble hamburger – fish and chips is something that is so easy to do. Yet so easily, and so often, completely crucified. Having lived in England for almost 4 years, I have eaten my fair share of Fish and Chips – and to be perfectly honest, I think most of them were pretty revolting.
My very first meal in London, having limited choices around our Hostel and being much too overwhelmed by the size of Tesco to cook, was Fish and Chips. The fish was bright orange and chewy, the chips soggy – and my requested gravy was a polystyrene cup with a scoop of Gravox and the instructions that I should “add some hot water and give it a shake when I get home”.
Memorable for all the wrong reasons, it certainly set the bar very low for all future orders.
Thanks to a hot tip from a friend on Twitter – Hubby and I with dog in tow, hunt out The Lighthouse for some famed Fish and Chips – apparently the best in Brisbane.
It was a hot day, so hot in fact that the bitchumen was starting to liquefy and Joey didn’t want to get out of the car. The heat also meant that every beach and picnic table within the greater city limits was also taken. Have you ever tried to eat Fish and Chips in the back of a 4WD with a drooling dog, desperate to share your lunch? I don’t recommend it. Not at all.
Asides from having to beat off a persistent German Shepherd and battle hubby for equal portions of Calamari – I can unequivocally say, that the Lighthouse Fish and Chip Shop at Cleveland – is the best I have ever had. E.V.E.R.
We had a large piece of Cod, 2 serves of calamari, the biggest serve of chips I have ever seen with 2 soft drinks for the humans and bottle of water for the canine. All for under $25. An absolute bargain.
Next time though, I would leave the dog at home, and I would have lunch on their deck. With sweat running down my face and the hot concrete burning through my thongs I was overcome with jealousy at the lucky (read: much smarter) patrons who had secured a nice, cool, shaded table and were knocking back icy cold drinks.
The Verdict: Easily, the best Fish and Chips I’ve ever eaten. I just wish it wasn’t so far away… because if we go to the beach and don’t take the dog – I’m almost certain he’ll dig up my garden in retaliation.
Recommendations: I don’t like fish much, so can’t comment on the quality, but hubby was super impressed both on size and taste. I, on the other hand, LOVED the calamari and the chips were deliciously golden and crisp. They also package it up like a gorgeous big platter – which, although it does take away from those childhood memories of wrapped newspaper – this is slightly more sophisticated, and I like it.
Contact: The Lighthouse