Swampdog Fish and Chips

Swampdog Fish and Chips

Good Friday is never a good day to decide to eat out or your fridge to run out of goodies. Like Christmas, most eateries are shut for this national holiday and if you’re of a Christian persuasion, you’re also required to be a vegetarian… though fish is allowed.

Swampdog Fish and Chips came to the rescue and noticing their announcement that they’d be open on Good Friday, we took a drive there to grab a bite to eat for dinner.

Swampdog Fish and Chips

If you haven’t heard about Swampdog Fish and Chips, their key selling point is that they support sustainable fish. What with the overfishing and waste one sees in the fishing industry, it’s heartening to see an establishment commit to being conscious about its impact on the industry and seeking to provide an alternative to those who love fish. Swampdog Fish and Chips do not use frozen or imported fish. Owner Richard Webb even takes it one step further by providing wood knives and forks from sustainable sources – a very big thumbs up for the environmentally conscious when plastic might’ve been a much cheaper option.

Swampdog Fish and Chips

Unfortunately the stars were poorly aligned to ensure the success of this mission. The first problem was finding a park. There was plenty of on-street parking, but everything was taken. We spent a good 25 minutes circling the area like vultures, eyeing people in the hopes we might pre-empt if they were leaving. By the time we found a spot, we were starving.

Then there was the crowd at Swampdog Fish and Chips. Every outdoor table was taken and many were devoid of plates and cutlery, a tell-tale sign they were waiting for their order to arrive rather than finishing up. Thankfully there was some live music playing under the stars to help time pass quicker, but it was still a long wait.

To keep things simple, we ordered just regular crumbed fish and chips (the other option is battered) – I had the mullet and the SO had the barramundi and chips. Both orders came with a wedge of fresh lemon and a bit of fresh salad. Even then, the wait still took awhile and it wasn’t too long before we overheard the kitchen say they were running low on ingredients. I kept my fingers crossed we’d have our dinner, which we did, but not without plenty of patience that evening.

Swampdog Fish and Chips’ prices are not too different from the other fish and chipperies we frequent, but be prepared that the fish portion might be smaller than other joints.

Swampdog Fish and Chips

Local Mullet and chips. AUD$10.90

Swampdog Fish and Chips

Queensland Barramundi (crumbed) and chips. AUD$15.90

Edit 5 May 2013: Since posting this review, we have been back to  Swampdog Fish and Chips a couple more times and you have got to try their popcorn shrimp. It is crunchy and morish – we couldn’t get enough of the stuff!

 

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