With tacos, sliders and hot dogs flooding our menus, it’s refreshing to hear that a new eatery has opened up in Surry Hills offering something a little different – a relaxed take on good old fish and chips.
Situated three doors up from El Loco, on the newly buzzing food strip of Foveaux Street, Fish Place is a tiny shop with a light, breezy, beachy vibe. Think whitewashed walls, wooden stools and a sunlight courtyard. You can’t miss it walking down the hill as the entire exterior wall is covered in a pop art-inspired mural of old sardine tins, spruiking what’s cooking inside.
The menu is concise and thoughtful, chalked up on a blackboard above the service counter, which proudly displays a huge slab of pink marble, piled high with sea salt for the taking. Dishes include the usual fish and chips (grilled or beer battered), fish pie with a cap of potato mash that has been crisped up by the oven, smoked salmon bagels and a choice of hot smoked salmon or cured ocean trout. There’s also a daily fish special.
It might all be about the fish here, but don't skimp on the sides either, especially the green pea mash. A range of salads backs up the healthy eating side of things.
What is perhaps most impressive about Fish Place is that owner Adam de Launay’s dad, Steve cooks the hot smoked fish in-house in a little room out the back of the shop every day. You can’t get fresher than that.
Says Adam: “My family has a long history as fishmongers and we saw a great need for fresh fish in the local area. We wanted to create a relaxed place where you can get some really yummy fish, and with our good contacts in the industry, we can offer whatever is freshest every day.”