Aussie Bob’s Fish and Chips

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Thought the deep-fried Mars Bar was good? Wait ’til you’ve tried the sensational deep-fried Oreo!
But before we get carried away with dessert, let me show you the fish and chips which lured me to Aussie Bob’s.

Aussie Bob's Fish and Chips, Shoal Bay, North Coast - fish and chip for one

Aussie Bob’s is located just off the shore at Shoal Bay and undeniably have perfected the great fish and chips. They aren’t the cheapest in town, at $9.50 for a single serve and $18.50 for a double, but they are good… Very good.

Aussie Bob's Fish and Chips, Shoal Bay, North Coast - counter

Zen and I share a dozen of local oysters ($14, sourced from Holbert’s Farm of course), the fish and chips for one ($9.80), the BBQ pack for one ($22) and a small Greek salad ($4.90).
My parents and brothers share the half lobster moray with chips and garden salad ($19.90), the family pack ($32) and also a dozen of local oysters ($14).

Aussie Bob's Fish and Chips, Shoal Bay, North Coast - outdoor seating

There’s no table service so we order at the counter and take it outside where it is lined with rows and rows of large wooden bench sets. The chips from the family pack is the first thing to arrive. There’s a mountain load served in a woven wooden bowl. We grab one of the old glass bottle salt shakers and sprinkle the chips immediately.

Aussie Bob's Fish and Chips, Shoal Bay, North Coast - local oysters

Aussie Bob's Fish and Chips, Shoal Bay, North Coast -  close up of Holbert's Oysters

Our oysters are next to arrive. Served in a pretty sea blue plate, the oysters sit on a metal tray within a bed of salt rocks with a wedge of lemon. They’re so creamy and absolutely divine.

Aussie Bob's Fish and Chips, Shoal Bay, North Coast - BBQ pack

My BBQ pack features garlic prawns, scallops, calamari, a fish fillet and chips. They appear to have been more pan-fried than barbecued or grilled, but is still scrumptious. The lobster mornay is filled with satisfying cheesy goodness, although it is a tad small.

Aussie Bob's Fish and Chips, Shoal Bay, North Coast - lobster mornay

And finally, the fish and chips. The fish is a generous-sized fillet and the batter has a lovely light crunchy texture which doesn’t leave a greasy finish.

Aussie Bob's Fish and Chips, Shoal Bay, North Coast - family pack

While struggling to finish our enormous orders, we eye the deep-fried Oreo poster and simply can’t resist. Both the banana fritter and Oreo are deep-fried in the gorgeous batter. The banana’s ripe sweetness tastes magical with the crisp batter, meanwhile the first bite of the deep-fried Oreo arouses all the senses.

Aussie Bob's Fish and Chips, Shoal Bay, North Coast - banana fritter

I used to firmly believe that the best way to eat an Oreo was to twist, lick and dunk (or in a McFlurry), but seriously… there’s no arguing that deep-fried is the way to go!

Aussie Bob's Fish and Chips, Shoal Bay, North Coast - deep-fried oreo with ice cream

Deeply indulgent, the clean crisp batter holds together the soft but crumbly rich chocolate biscuit pieces and the creamy centre just melts in your mouth. A large scoop of vanilla ice cream prolongs the experience but it is not long before we agree that a second round is mandatory.

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Aussie Bob’s Fish and Chips
2a Tomaree Road, Shoal Bay, NSW
Phone: (02) 4984 1591


Jennifer Lam (Jenius)

 
Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Having grown up in a family where food was always at the centre of all celebrations, family events and milestones, Jen is obsessed with capturing irresistible flavours and stories from myriad cultures. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering people to have good food and invigorating adventures - because life is too short for mediocre meals or dull travel. Her hobbies are breakfast, lunch and dinner. She's globally curious, passionate about female entrepreneurship, is a soy chai latte fanatic, and loves vintage, dressmaking and photography.