I love a good fish and chips. Seafood was the preferred animal protein in my family growing up – my mother believed the omega 3 was excellent in brain development, so there was often a whole fish either fried or steamed at the dinner table. But here, I’m quite happy to settle for crumbed, battered or grilled – as long as the fish is fresh and well-cooked.
Since I had heard all manner of good things about The Fishmonger’s Wife and I had a hankering for fish, we dropped in one evening to give them a go.
- The Fishmonger’s Wife goes well beyond crumbed, battered or grilled – they offer a far wider range of flavours and marinated fish and seafood than the average fish and chip.
- The fish was very fresh.
- Parking was abundant at the back of the complex.
- The prices were quite dear at The Fishmonger’s Wife. As you can see from our receipt, two grilled pieces of fish with beer battered chips and one with salad added up to AUD$51… without beverages.
- The Fishmonger’s Wife has a 10% surcharge for Sunday trading – the first we’ve seen in Brisbane.
- Service at the counter left a lot to be desired. When we approached the counter, we were ignored while the counter staff put together 2 salads without a word of ‘be with you in a minute’. And when we were finally served his expression was one of utter grumpiness – there was no smile and I certainly didn’t feel welcome in the establishment.
Thankfully that sour service didn’t extend to the table servers, but it still left us with a bitter aftertaste – enough of one that we would reconsider making another visit.