As I have said before, there is nothing better than fresh fish. So when you go on a holiday to a place with lakes and beaches full of fish, it is your chance to catch your own dinner.
However, sometimes no matter how hard you try you just can’t bag those slippery little devils.
So when you have hungry sprogs who have lost interest way before Wal broke the fishing rod, you have to admit defeat and go and buy some fish and chips.
Luckily, the best fish and chips in the world is close at hand at the Pickled Octopus, right on the edge of Tuross Lake on the far south coast of NSW (02 4473 6084). The Pickled Octopus is right on the lake, so we can swing the boat around and park it against the deck.
You can actually sit upstairs and enjoy a full restaurant menu and table service, but when we rock up in the boat smelling a bit like our left over bait, we feel that staying downstairs (ie outside!) on the deck and ordering fish and chips is the more considerate option. Upstairs or downstairs the view is lovely.
The fish and chips are fabulous. The fish is always very fresh, the batter crisp and thin and the fish is cooked to just the right texture. The chips are crunchy with a very light batter, but are soft on the inside. The tartare sauce and lemon add the right amount of zest on the side.