This is by no means your standard takeaway corner shop. Tommy Ruff’s even has its own hashtag – #eatwithtommy. The newer outpost of a family of second-generation fryers is in Windsor, and this branch boasts beautiful mosaic-tiled floors, dangling lights and a glowing pirate skull – it’s all rather suave for a fish and chip shop. The menu skips between the traditional – the ‘Rod and Reel’ box contains chubby fish bites, calamari, prawn and herb-salted chips (which are our pick of the crop – crisp outside, fluffy inside and perfectly seasoned) – and more sophisticated menu items like mussels in a tomato and chilli sauce or 'Tommy's tacos', a fish taco that also comes in a gluten-free option. Charming service means there’s nothing ruff about Tommy.
We've got the low down on where to find crisp deep-fried fish and chips. From old-school corner shops to edgy, Japanese-British fusion, Melbourne’s best fish and chip joints will have you licking the chicken salt off your fingertips.
As the weather warms up head to these small businesses and take your bounty to the beach, or spread it across your coffee table. Whatever floats your boat.