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100 recipes: Fish and chips

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Fish and chips and mushy peas – Heston Blumenthal

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The best fish and chips recipe nominated by Tom Conran is by Susan Campbell and Caroline Conran for fish and chips from their ‘Family Cook’ cookbook , as featured in The Observer’s Top 50 favourite recipes.

Home cooked fish and chips are so much nicer and healthier than the ones bought from the corner grease up shop. They’ll provide you with a ridiculous amounts of chips that are copiously seasoned with salt.

The secret to good chips is that they are cooked twice at a precise temperature.

The trick with beer batter is much like that used with tempura batter: it needs to be cold. Make sure your beer is chilled.

If you consult your Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide, you’ll want to choose fish which are ranked “Green – Better choice”, such as Australian Bonito, Bream, Luderick, mullet, tailor and whiting.

For choosing sustainable seafood:

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Restaurant review: South Bank Surf Club

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It was a little strange to walk through the French Festival and not sample any of the food, but we were on our way to the South Bank Surf Club for lunch.

It was an obvious choice, but we both ended up ordering the Surf Club Fish and Chips. The service was friendly and excellent, and our food arrived quickly in clam shaped dishes. My Mulloway fillets had a good beer batter, although it was just starting to go brown. The fish inside was cooked to perfection. The tartar sauce was on the mild side, but moorish nevertheless. Big M said the meal was let down by run-of-the-mill chips, and thought it could be improved with homemade ones.

The décor was clean and modern, and I love their motto of “life savour”. It would be good if they had their own toilets rather than using the communal Southbank ones. We were surprised to see a busy Ben O’Donoghue in the kitchen.

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I ordered the infamous chocolate nemesis for dessert. A decadent mousse-like cake invented by the River Café – even the crème fraiche wasn’t enough to cut through the richness and bitterness of the chocolate (and I’m a self-confessed dark chocoholic). It was still an guilty enjoyable treat.

My peppermint tea came with an unusual strainer, and we couldn’t work out how to use it!

Let’s hope the Surf Club will revitalise the Southbank dining scene – with a few little tweaks, I’m confident it will become a firm favourite with the locals in the nearby high rises and throughout Brisbane.

South Bank Surf Club
30aa Stanley Plaza
Parklands, South Brisbane 4101
Phone: 07 3844 7301
http://www.southbanksurfclub.com.au/
@SthBankSouthClub

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