I had been craving fish and chips for a while and figured out that my birthday would be the perfect excuse to hunt for a good gluten-free friendly option. My online search results included Fishmongers in Bondi, which I had heard from a coeliac friend due to the fact that they make their chips from real potatoes and not from the frozen gluten-laden variety. So I took advantage of my special day and subjected the family to a trip to Bondi Beach.
Fishmongers qualify themselves as “gourmet fish and chips”. That not only means that you can expect little or none of the dodginess commonly associated with fish and chips establishments, but also that there’s better chance of finding/being able to request safe food.
We ordered 4 dishes to share and rotated them in an orderly clockwise fashion. The first I got to try was the ginger spice barramundi with steamed vegetables. The fish had a nice, delicate flavour, the veggies were good and abundant and the soy dressing was provided in a separate container (same with all other dressings/condiments).
Ginger spice barramundi with steamed vegetables ($24)
Then I tried the grilled calamari with salad greens, crispy kumara & balsamic. The calamari was perfectly cooked, the dressing for the salad greens was tasty. The crispy kumara was a very nice addition (that can become an addiction!).
Grilled calamari with salad greens ($16)
Next it was my turn to try the grilled king prawns with salad greens, crispy kumara & balsamic. We received 5 prawns and just because it was my b’day I got to eat 2. Prawns were juicy and delicious, the salad was the same that came with the calamari. My fave dish of the lot.
Grilled prawns with salad greens ($20)
Finally, I tried the grilled NZ hoki fillet with hand-cut chips & tartare sauce. The fish was nice, subtle in flavour, the chips were not crunchy but delicious. Note to super gluten sensitive people: they are not cooked in separate oil. We ran out of the creamy tasty tartare sauce, so had to order a second container. Then we ran out of chips, so had to order a second serving :)
Grilled NZ Hoki with hand-cut chips ($14)
Hand-cut chips ($5, small)
Overall, I liked the place, liked the service, liked the food, but would have been happier with larger protein portions. I’m not sure if I would go all the way to Bondi Beach again just to eat there, specially since there are other great places to eat fish closer to home (e.g. here, here and here).
42 Hall St
Bondi Beach NSW 2026
(02) 9365 2205