If you have been scouring Joburg looking for a classic traditional fish and chip shop that meets coastal standards then despair no more. You can finally call off the search. We've found it and it's just as good as anything you'll get in the Cape or Cornwall.
Simply named The Fish and Chip Shop, Joburg's most authentic fish and chip takeaway is hidden away in the new Victoria Yards development in the historic suburb of Lorentzville, an expansive old industrial complex of buildings filled with artist studios, artisan workshops, fashion boutiques and art galleries.
Husband and wife team Nic and Daniela are doing nothing less than reviving the nostalgic tastes of childhood with their Fish and Chip Shop, both for their customers and for themselves. As it turns out the humble fish and chip business has always been an elemental part of their lives.
As a child Daniela's family owned a greengrocer which neighboured a fish & chip shop owned by Nic's parents. They spent their childhood playing together in the street in front of the shops, but when they grew up lost contact, until a fortunate meeting brought them back together. Romance soon led to marriage and then a child and finally together with the help of their families, the opening of their own fish and chip shop.
As they put it, the Fish and Chip Shop is "a restaurant battered with love, sprinkled with passion and wrapped up in fate."
A super friendly, family-run joint you'll get a classic fish and chips here, complete with plenty of salt and vinegar (and not an ounce of the red masala flavouring favoured by other chippies), neatly wrapped up, old-school-style, in a paper parcel. Choose from a 'mini' or 'small' chunky twice-fried portion of chips (the 'mini' it should be noted is a generous enough portion for one, while the 'small' is for those who may be making this the only meal they eat that day), paired with battered hake, crumbed and fried fish cake or calamari, with an optional homemade tartar sauce on the side. The only deviation from the classic time-honoured formula is the option of a side salad.
The service is classic takeaway style with a few outdoor tables in the verdant Victoria Yards courtyards and two takeaway counters, one of which opens out directly onto the street. Just be prepared to queue on busy days.