The Fish Shop
Okay, so it’s not too far from the harbour, but the maritime theme more than makes up for the lack of sand. With a catch cry of "Fish are friends and food", The Fish Shop completely avoids endangered and over-fished species. Instead, there’s an emphasis on fresh and local options.
Dim sims sit squarely between oysters and potato scallops, as well as your traditional fisherman's basket, a fish burger (albeit with bacon and chilli). In between are dishes such as salt fish croquettes, salads (which go far beyond a bit of iceberg lettuce) and the cheeseburger (Dan Hong’s Lotus legacy, which The Fish Shop has inherited from its Merivale ancestor).
Unlike most fish ‘n’ chip shops, the beer and wine list here is extensive, which is impressive given their organic and biodynamic theme. Cruelly, the cocktails can’t be sipped on a stretch of sand somewhere, but they’re creative enough to be enjoyed in their own right. Daily ices or an ice cream sandwich make for a summery finish, even on a not-so-summery night, and take-away orders are welcome with open arms.