THE humble chippy is king of Fremantle’s dining scene.
While other restaurants have come and gone over the years, Fishing Boat Harbour’s fish and chip shops has remained a successful mainstay, even outlasting some of the city’s famous Italian cucinas.
Stretching along Mews Road from Little Creatures to Bathers Beach House, you really are spoiled for choice if you’re craving a serving of locally-caught fish and chips.
Taking pride of place is Sweet Lips–a modest ocean-themed eatery where every dish on the menu is as tempting as the next.
The chippy was recently modernised and given a slightly more upmarket feel, with management replacing the butcher paper and cafeteria trays with colourful plates.
As well as a neat dining area inside, there’s a small al fresco where you can enjoy views of the Indian Ocean.
I ordered Sweet Lips’ bulging fish burger ($11.90). which was jam-packed with red slaw and two thick, moist fillets that were crumbed ($2 extra).
Bringing everything together is a liberal dollop of thick, tangy tartar.
Having chips will set you back another $2, but obviously I wasn’t going to come here without a serve.
The freshly-cooked mound of chippies were piping hot, salty and moreish.
The deep fried feta ($5.90) would give my doctor the heebie jeebies, but it’s a must-try.
The cubes of Greek cheese were so good they left me smiling from ear-to-ear, however I would recommend a hardcore workout after this fatty treat.
I couldn’t convince my five-year-old son Ollie to go for the fish, and like most nippers he was beguiled by the chicken nuggets ($8.90).
Nevertheless, it was a quality offering which Ollie devoured.
Fremantle is bursting with quality fish and chip shops, but the real beauty of Sweet Lips is its magnificent location–overlooking one of the best beaches in town.
Now that’s hard to beat.
By MATTHEW EELES
8/47 Mews Road, Fremantle
Phone 9430 6902