A good plate of fish and chips is like a holiday on a plate. Whether it’s that first crunch of golden batter or the subtle flavour of delicately steamed fish, you can’t help but think back on childhood memories of fun, sun and a salty sea breeze. Since summer is in the air, it seems fitting to share our favourite fish and chips in Cape Town.
If it weren’t for the snaking queue outside, you might not look twice at this unassuming fish and chips takeaway spot. Praised by local and international visitors alike (including our editor, Abigail Donnelly), Fish Hoek Fisheries serves up fantastic hake (R28) and snoek (R44) among other seafood. Their batter is light and crisp and the fish arrives with a serving of plus-sized slap chips.
With South African flags flapping in the wind and its exquisite backdrop of Chapman’s peak, it’s easy to spot Fish on the Rocks. Established 26 years ago, this iconic Cape Town destination and takeaway spot offers what some believe to be the best fish and chips in town, serving up generous portions of battered hake and chips (R52), fresh yellowtail and chips (R58), and a variety of seafood combos. Their meals are available for sit down or takeaway.
Located in the colourful streets of Sea Point, Lucky Fish and Chips specialises in ‘gourmet’ fast food made with ingredients fresh from the sea. Their strict no-frozen-fish policy has visitors and locals lining up to enjoy fresh battered fish and golden potato chips. Choose between hake and chips or snoek and chips (both R49 for full portion; R29.50 for half portion); and yellowtail (R55 per serving; add chips for R15). Lucky Fish and Chips is the latest addition to the Harbour House Group of restaurants and has other branches in Kalk Bay, Muizenberg and on Bree Street in the City Bowl. Their meals are available for sit down or takeaway.
You can find this hidden treasure on Waterkant Street in the bustling CBD. A decades-old landmark, Lusitania still has Capetonians queuing up during lunch hour to order their famous fish and chips parcel. The portion of fresh hake, battered and deep-fried, is served with a generous portion of hand-cut slap chips and sprinkled with salt and a dash of vinegar – and then wrapped up in waxy white paper, of course (R46 for 270g; R35 for R150g). This is a takeaway spot only.
This vibrant restaurant overlooks the historic Simon’s Town harbour, inviting guests to enjoy the ocean views while snacking on fresh fish and chips. Their most popular meals are the 200g portions of hake and snoek (R58 for sit-down; R49 for takeaway) served with traditional slap chips. Fish is gently fried in a crisp batter or grilled with a basting sauce. Their hake is caught in deep-sea trawlers off the Cape Coast, while their fresh snoek is line caught by local fishermen.
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