MELBOURNE | Paper Fish is a casual fish and chip kiosk that’s opened as one part of the new Stokehouse in St Kilda and is inspired by owner Frank van Haandel’s memories of eating fish and chips on St Kilda beach when growing up. There’s a small selection of dishes on offer, with a focus on locally caught sustainable seafood that’s grilled or fried with a tempura batter.
The chips are really tasty here and a surprising highlight – old school crinkle cut chips with a tasty house seasoning. There’s a choice of three types of fish (flat head, blue grenadier and gummy) and we went for the grilled blue grenadier. It’s perfectly moist and flaky and served simply with a wedge of lemon. Really simple stuff that ticks all of the right boxes. Other options include things like coconut-prawn tacos, fritto misto (mixed fried fish) cones, and sweet potato or Japanese style potato cakes.
The drinks selection hits the right notes too. The Balter XPA is available in cans, and is one of our favourite beers around while wines (sparkling rosé, sparkling moscato and white) also come in cans. There’s also house made granitas, which you can spike with a shot of booze if you wish.
There’s even an app so you can order from your phone and have the food brought out to you while lying on the beach. Paper Fish is proof that sometimes all you need is the basics done right.
30 Jacka Boulevard
Mon – Sun: 12:00pm to sunset