The best fish n' chips in Auckland

Grease is the word

A short guide to Auckland's best fish n' chip shops.

Greenwoods Fresh Catch

1 Pah Rd, Epsom

We don’t think anybody, ever, has been as passionate about perfecting fish and chips as chef Thomas Ng and his wife, Lilian Sng. Octogenarian Thomas handpicks his fresh fish at the markets and treats it, along with the other ingredients, with the utmost care. Batter is good but we also love the crumbed option. Orders are carefully packed into cartons to avoid sogginess, with wedges of lemon and mints for afters.

FishSmith

200 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay

Hot battered line-caught fish, cheese, shredded cabbage, tartare sauce and pickle inside a warm, squidgy bun — what’s not to like? Arms laden with fish suppers, burgers and tacos, make your way down to Sentinel Beach and watch the sun set from the boat shed ramp — BYO wine and picnic blanket. Vegetarian-friendly.

www.fishsmith.co.nz

Mt Eden Village Fish Shop

438 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden

This iconic chippy, established in 1939, may have new owners, but the food hasn’t suffered — every portion is still fried to crisp, fatty perfection. A lunchtime special of fish with a handful of chips is best enjoyed outside, in nearby Tahaki Reserve, before a stroll up Maungawhau.

mtedenvillagefishshop.co.nz

Fish and Friends

414 Titirangi Rd, Titirangi

Open Wednesday to Sunday nights for battered fish, hot chips, homemade pork sausage-hotdogs and gourmet Master Milkshakes. Order nine scoops of hand-cut, twice-cooked agria chips and your tenth scoop is free.

www.fishandfriends.co.nz

Marsic Bros

47 Mayfair Place, Glen Innes

They will cook your catch for you at this Glen Innes fish bar, but never mind if you haven’t caught anything, as the in-house offerings are vast. Especially good is the hot smoked salmon — lovely crumbled into cooked pasta with lemon and capers.

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