Type of Venue: Fish & Chip Restaurant
Cuisine: Australian seafood
Highly Recommended: Soft shell tacos (Southern fried fish), The Angler pack
Not often is a seafood restaurant found inside a shopping centre. Yet, Famous Fish aims to break the mould, thus offering an exciting choice for people who have built up an appetite after a day of shopping. The newest store location in Famous Fish’s growing chain can be found inside Westfield Fountain Gate, illuminating the surrounding food court with their blue-and-white seafarer-themed venue.
Founding owner, Steve Costi, has grown the Famous Fish brand since he was 19 years old, inspired by his family’s passionate involvement in the seafood industry following their migration from Cyprus. A partnership with businessman, Jon Sully, in 2010 saw Costi’s brand expand nationally, with current locations in Sydney, regional NSW and Victoria. Across all of their stores, their aim is to provide customers with fresh, high quality and sustainable seafood, that will imprint a fondly memorable experience.
The menu contains an impressive array of meals and snacks that exceeds the expectations of those expecting a simple take-away meal. Ranging from individually-served fish, to paella, grilled seafood and burgers, there really is something here for everyone.
Starting with one of their ‘Famous Packs’, choices can be as simple as a fish of the day with chips, or as complex as a pack sufficient to feed four people. Going for something in-between, The Angler offers a sampling of different seafoods, with its inclusion of a fish of the day (fried or grilled), 2 x fried scallops, 2 x fried calamari rings, 1 x fried prawn, 1 x potato cake and hot chips. Delivering crunchy batter that doesn’t mask the freshness of the seafood within, even your Grandma will be pleased!
The Angler ($20.90)
One of their classic favourites is the Soft Shell Tacos, with a choice of three fillings available. For those who are equally indecisive as me when it comes to food, you can have the option of choosing one of each filling if you wish. The southern fried fish with chipotle mayo and coleslaw is highly recommended, with its classic pairing of ingredients and well-balanced flavours. The sticky chicken with avocado salsa and coleslaw is a slightly lighter option; whilst the pulled beef with avocado salsa, coriander and sour cream is richly decadent, yet needed a bit more care with the balance of seasoning in its avocado component on this occasion.
Soft Shell Tacos ($19.90 for 3pcs)
Demonstrating their skills beyond seafood, their range of burgers and ‘sangas’ focus on land-based proteins, with a single barramundi burger thrown into the mix. If you’re feeling hungry, the Famous Feast Burger stacks a Wagyu beef patty, potato cake, cheese, tomato chutney, egg, pineapple, beetroot, lettuce, tomato and aioli between two soft burger buns, and tops the whole thing with a fried dim sim. The melting cheese atop the beef makes this burger, delivering a mouthwatering combination of quality ingredients.
Famous Feast Burger ($15.90)
+ Sweet Potato Fries ($6.50)
[Only +$3.00 if choosing regular fries.]
With the increasing popularity of sustainably-sourced seafood restaurants found throughout Melbourne, Famous Fish offers this environmentally-friendly, health-conscious concept to the south-eastern suburbs. Its surprising location inside a shopping centre can be attributed to the fun and down-to-Earth nature of this growing brand. Despite some of the food requiring better balance of (and more) seasoning, as well as a greater variety of flavours to excite the palate, Famous Fish is still a great option for those who live locally and are looking for a casual restaurant in which to enjoy quality produce in a family-friendly setting.
Note: I dined as a guest of Famous Fish. Thank you to the owners and staff for their generous hospitality throughout our experience.
Shop 1128A, Westfield Fountain Gate
352 Princess Hwy
Narre Warren, VIC 3805
Ph: (03) 8790 3783
Hours: Daily 10am-10pm.