When everything’s made from scratch, running a fish'n'chip shop is hard work. Just ask Caroline Jones, who opened Three Girls Fishing in Graceville last month. “It’s so demanding,” says Jones, who also owns Graceville institution Three Girls Skipping. “This is the hardest I’ve ever worked and I’ve been in hospitality for over 30 years. But if you want to do something well, it’s worth the effort.”
Not only is everything prepared in-house, but all the seafood is crumbed and battered to order. This isn’t your fancy, new-school fish and chipper, though. It has a simple, coeliac-friendly offering of fish (battered, crumbed or grilled), oysters (served natural or kilpatrick), crumbed calamari, burgers (including a Southern-style buttermilk fried chicken burg) and chip butties. Plus, a few sides such as slaw and soba noodle salad, potato scallops and crisp golden chips.
The site was previously a fish’n’chips shop, so Jones didn’t have to change too much. The simple, no-frills space has a cabinet filled with fresh fish and salads, a few tables outside and that’s it. Instead, the focus is squarely on the food. Jones sources her fish from Australian and New Zealand waters – there’s barramundi, gold-band snapper, cod, and a fish of the day (Tasmanian salmon when Broadsheet visits). Soon, she'll start introducing specials such as seafood chowder with garlic bread.
For drinks, you can BYO booze or choose from a range of soft drinks, milkshakes and thickshakes. There’s also a soft-serve machine that churns out house-made vanilla bean ice-cream. You can have it with homemade malted-chocolate sauce, or warm apple crumble and salted caramel.
Three Girls Fishing
409 Honour Avenue, Graceville
Wed, Thu & Sat 4pm–8pm