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Fishmongers Byron Bay

The Most Easterly Chip in the Nation.

I am a chip connoisseur.

My partner and I travelled the entire East Coast of Australia in search of the perfect chip. We found it in Byron Bay. We moved here.

Located in Bay Lane, Byron’s favourite eat street, you’ll find Fishmongers, home of the East Coast’s best chip.

Mongers, as it is affectionately known, is a gourmet style fish and chippery which offers a wide range of seafood meals for dine in or takeaway.

So what makes their chips a cut above the rest, so to speak?

Hand-cut is non-negotiable of course, and the ratio of crispiness to fluffiness is also important. Mongers nail it.

They are golden brown in colour and some days a little darker and sweeter depending on the sugar content of the spud. It’s my opinion that generally not enough consideration is given to the humble chip. But if you’re particular about your potato, then Mongers is the place for you.

And for those whose focus is more on the fish in the fish ‘n chips, you won’t be disappointed either. You’ll receive a generous portion, cooked perfectly, and lightly seasoned with herbs and spices; or tempura battered if preferred. A standard fish and chip meal also comes with homemade tartare sauce.

The crowning glory is a smattering of bright orange, crispy sweet potato shavings, making this a visual and gustatory delight!

Despite the enticing array on the menu, I find it hard to go past my favourite – grilled fish and chips, with a side of char-grilled corn on special occasions. Other meal options include BBQ baby octopus, prawns, succulent calamari, and a specials board with exotic temptations such as snapper with coconut, chili, and lime marinade, or barramundi with cashew and almond crust. Meals come with a choice of homemade chips, salad, rice, or tempura veggies.

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Mongers also have outlets in Manly and Bondi, but let’s face it – it doesn’t get better than Byron!

So relax and dine in at the friendly Bay Lane restaurant, or take your treats down for a grassy beachfront picnic; feel the breeze in your hair, and take in the ocean vista while you enjoy the most delicious, and the most easterly, chips in the nation!  

Fishmongers are open from 12noon 7 days a week. BYO.

Bay Lane (behind the Beach Hotel) Byron Bay. Phone: 02 6680 8080

Visit website for more details: www.byron.mongers.com.au

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