When I go to a restaurant and hot chips are on the menu, well I need to order them. This makes me 2 things. Friends & fatter.
Anyways, I went to Shisha Bar & Grill in Croydon with no intention of trying their chippies but since they were on the menu, I couldn’t help myself. They are politely titled ‘crunchy chips’, so I was expecting some crunchiness! When they arrived, my eyes popped out of my Asian head because they looked amazing! Beer battered for sure and double fried for unsure.
They were really good. I would say ‘crispy chips’ as opposed to ‘crunchy chips’ but really yummy and well worth getting if you’re in the area. They did have an interesting taste to them which I couldn’t describe, maybe something in the oil or a flavouring – if someone knows, fill me in.
Pretty fluffy inside as well, these were real munchies. They’re smoking like a shisha!
Shisa Bar & Grill
61 Georges River Rd, Croydon Park NSW 2133
Here are a few words to describe the experience I had eating my recent serving of hot chips -
Captain Planet. Discman. Macarena. Art Attack. Tamagotchi.
If you grew up through the 90’s you’ll be fondly reminded of the times of dial up internet when you vist The Lunch Box in Lilyfield. You get excited about ordering an old school Burger with-the-lot and some hot chips. For my ‘eat in’ experience these came plonked in a white bowl. The staff was laid-back, unhiptser and wonderful.
Whilst these straight up and down chips aren’t the most amazing you’ll find going around they are a throw-back to the local burger joint and were a genuine treat.
The Lunch Box
103 Lilyfield Rd, Lilyfield NSW
I love hot chips. I love shoe-string fries/thin cut chips.
So by that reasoning I love the thin hand-cut chips from Bannisters on the south coast of NSW.
Truth be told, I don’t think much varies between shoe-string fries in general and these weren’t 3 times as good as maccas fries as the price would reflect. The view of the sun setting on the horizon is however, dare I say, a view at least 3 times better than Ronald McDonald’s play equipment.
These chips were what you want in chips, they taste like potatoes, they were delicious and were a genuine bowl scraper.
191 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook NSW 2539
Three cheers for hot chips! Chip, chip hooray!
Big things happen in Threes - The holy trinity, three blind mice, the three amigos and Hanson.
Three Williams café not only cook their chips three times - they then beer batter them for good measure. And I loved them.
Triple cooking produces the perfect crunchy outside/fluffy inside combo and the batter gives a glorious crispiness and flavour. Accompanied by their house aioli, these were amazingly good hot chips.
They will set you back $7 which I believe is money well spent on a generous bowl which you will want to keep all to yourself. In the words of the Hanson brothers - Mmmm bop!
Five out of Five. Big Call.
Or a Three out of Three in the case of the amazing hot chips at Three Williams.
Chip rating: 5/5
613a Elizabeth St, Redfern
The most expensive hot chips i’ve ever had!
How much is too much to pay for golden batons of fried goodness? Should you pay thrice the amount if they have been thrice cooked? By my calculations I recently paid $5… per chip!
Truth be told I didn’t pay $82 JUST for hot chips, I also received Roast pasture fed rib –eye, Bordelaise sauce and sautéed mushrooms (for two). However I see that as the side dish to Felix Bistro Restaurant’s – Triple cooked pomme pont neuf!
These Parisian Fried Potatoes had their own French border protection which was both typically French and typically stupid. To indulge in the elusive pot of gold chips, you couldn’t order them as a side, you couldn’t get them with another meal, you couldn’t politely ask the waitress for an act of kindness – you had to buy the $82 Rib-Eye! And this blogger would not be deterred by something so trivial as a price tag… because I had a gift voucher!
40 minutes later the Potatoes appeared and my French-goodness they didn’t disappoint. I French kissed every one.
They were solid, chip formed, triple-cooked potatoes with a delicate crispiness. The accompanying sauce was delightful and I must say, I’d gladly pay for them again (and the amazing dinner).
The ridiculous nature of trying to obtain these chips counts against them but regardless I am rating them a massive 4.75/5.
Chip rating 4.75/5
Felix Bistro Restaurant and Bar
2 Ash Street, Sydney - Merivale
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There’s something about Mary’s - you enter into this dark oasis away from the bustle of King St and into what seems like an omelette of pub, goth, hipster and American diner experiences. The walls are black and the lighting low and you notice the distinct majority of men in this place - not many Mary’s. Excitement fills my nostrils and eyeballs as I only see 3 things being carted around: fried chicken, burgers and french fries. 2 big ticks and 1 massive tick. This place was pumping out the goodies and the fries had my name written all over them - stuff ‘Mary’, she can go have her little lamb while I chow down on a fried chicken and chips.
The fries alone $5 and are presented diner style - plastic basket with grease proof paper underfoot. You also get a good sized serving. Some nice quirks are the condiments of tabasco sauce and salt in accompanying Jack Daniels bottles. Tasty, moorish and singing the right nursery rhymes, these are a great side dish. Combined with burgers and fried chicken they really are a perfect match, no doubt about it. On their own though they lack the zing, character and smack of amazing hot chips. To taste them in all their goodness, have them with a burger or fried chicken so your oily fingers can coat them in a bit more love before they massage your taste buds.
Chip rating 3.75/5
6 Mary St, Newtown