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Friday, July 29, 2005

Flying Fish and Chips, Pyrmont

I've been the pitiful victim of constant overtures on the gastronomic joys of Flying Fish.

Friends have waxed lyrical about the Sri Lankan snapper curry, others have raved on about the divine seafood degustation, and head chef Peter Kuruvita seems to be forever popping up in the pages of Good Living.

So when we found ourselves heading back to the car after last month's Growers Markets at Pyrmont, well, we had to walk straight past its (relatively) new takeaway outlet Flying Fish and Chips.

At 9.50am, it's a little early for curry perhaps, but surely we're shopped long enough to deserve some of their legendary hand-cut chips? =)

To our distress, we're told that the deep-fryers aren't turned on until 10.30am. But we are dedicated. So we explore the shop (ie. I take lots of photos) and then we sit outside and bask in the sun, watching the rays glint off the waters of Jones Bay.

Prawn and avocado wraps

Lamb spring rolls and vegetable rolls, each $2.00

Flying Fish extra virgin olive oil

Flying Fish's famous chillie (chilli?) salt, $10.00

10.29am... a nod to the counter staff (who seem somewhat bemused by our hot chip urgings) and voila, six minutes later, our first encounter with the much-lauded hand-cut chips.

Flying Fish hand-cut chips $4.50

The serve is enormous--fat chunks of potato show off their Paris Hilton tans and shimmer in a heavy dusting of chilli salt.

The potatoes taste like they've been parboiled, cut and then deep-fried to an extra crispy exterior. Inside they're soft, sweet and fluffy, and remind me immensely of Sunday roast potatoes.

Adding plenty of zing is the chilli salt, which isn't very hot at all, but provides an elegant rustic twist on the ol' chicken salt favourite of every Aussie's formative adolescence. The seasoning is equally salty and sweet, and carries the flavour of its fried shallots and garlic with just a glimmer of chilli.

At bargain prices compared to a la carte (the hand-cut chips as a side dish in the restaurant costs $9.50), Flying Fish and Chips is a great way to try some of their specialties before taking the big leap (mains start at $39).

Or if you really want to eat in style, Flying Fish and Chips will deliver your order to your boat within the harbour from $25 (free delivery within the marina for orders over $25). Now that's cool.

Flying Fish and Chips
Suite 124 19-21 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, Sydney
Tel: 02 9571 6637

You can recreate their famous chilli salt by using the recipe here.
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posted by Anonymous on 7/29/2005 12:14:00 am


  • At 7/29/2005 7:48 am, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    So yummy! Your photos captured the fluffiness of the chips perfectly

  • At 7/29/2005 8:29 am, Blogger Kelly said…

    Oh, how splendid! I will definitely give them a call next time I'm yachting through Sydney Harbour and feeling peckish!

    PS> Wouldn't you know it? I'm halfway through writing a post on fish and chips too!

  • At 7/29/2005 9:58 am, Blogger deborah said…

    Yum Yum. As a child, when we made home made chips we used to always add a salty mixture of salt-paprika and chilli to our chips. I would also add a healthy squirt or two of fresh lemon. Aaaah the taste sensation!

    Those "spring rolls", look like Sri Lankan pancake rolls, with their crumbed exterior. Ooooh they are mighty good too.

    Mmmm great post AG! Nothing like hotchips from brunch :)

  • At 7/29/2005 1:44 pm, Blogger eat stuff said…

    hmmm hot chips for lunch *grin*

  • At 7/29/2005 7:18 pm, Blogger Makan Kings said…

    hhmmmm...the chips look yummy!! So does everything else in that shop.

    -Makan Kings-

  • At 7/30/2005 6:20 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I would love to come back to Sydney.. once again .. but this time.. just for the food.. and not so much for everything else.. :)
    I love Flying Fish..!!

  • At 7/30/2005 7:34 am, Blogger tytty said…

    half an hour of waiting patiently .. must give you credit for that

  • At 7/30/2005 7:39 pm, Blogger Reid said…

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  • At 7/30/2005 7:43 pm, Blogger Reid said…

    Hi AG,

    I'm so envious. These look so good and your description of the flavor makes me want to have some.

    BTW...your dedication to getting some of the handcut chips...do you feel like it was worth every minute?

  • At 7/31/2005 1:34 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wow, these are the best looking chips I have ever seen. Makes me want to fly to Sydney right now.

  • At 8/01/2005 6:25 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Trust me.. AG, i'm working overtime on it..hehehhe!! convincing the hubs .. every spare moment he has.. hahahha!!

  • At 8/01/2005 5:49 pm, Blogger Babe_KL said…

    those chips looked so mouth watering!

  • At 9/15/2005 6:03 am, Blogger Chick Pea said…

    Hey AG,
    Just wanted to let you know there is an article
    in the dining section of today's New York Times about Sydney restaurants. There is a HUGE photo of a salt & pepper mud crab from Flying Fish on the front page....YUM!!

  • At 12/23/2005 10:51 am, Blogger Julia said…

    I love this place! You sit out on the water, it's just beautiful and a great place to take visitors, or just yourself for something a bit different.

    The crab sandwiches are to-die-for. Crustless fluffy white bread with fresh-picked crab and a lovely light mayo - so elegant, so simple, so more-ish. The tempura prawns are really good too, crunchy light batter and big fat prawns. I'll defo be checking out those hand-cut chips!

  • At 3/23/2007 3:42 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Spurred on by your pics, I went in search for these yummy chilli salt chips at lunchtime today at Flying Fish & Chips. Went down to Pyrmont and unfortunately we were told by the main restaurant that the Fish & Chips outpost was sold 6 months ago and is now operated by someone completely different - just gutted! Was so looking forward to trying these...


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