Located in a small strip of shops in Kiama Downs (north of Kiama), you’d be cheering as a local for there is basically all you need in one place; an IGA, liquor store, burger shop and cafe(s), a gym and they’re only a stones throw from the beach.
One of these shops is what we’d describe as upmarket fish’n’chips. Think pan fried, battered or steamed fish, skin on hand cut fries and proper fish fingers, as well as bespoke sodas to accompany your meal.
Order your meal online or in store and it is placed in takeaway boxes (all cardboard and biodegradable cutlery) to enjoy on the stools out front or down at the beach. It’s pretty busy and was a bit of a wait, so it may be best ordering online first (but there are specials which you could order if you go in store). We think it would also make for a good dine in restaurant.
Headed by Emma and Jason Young who also run behind Stacks Burger House & Eatery located on the same street. We’re in the area a few times and night and day they’re hard at work running both of these places. Friendly and efficient staff are on hand too.
The starters were our favourite things and a must order. Their fish fingers are amazing; a mixture of mash potato, fish, dill and seasoning in a crispy crumb, it was quite like a croquette and we could have devoured a box of these alone.
In addition, their potato scallops have gotta be some of the best. A decent size, with the soft potato encased in a crispy batter, the perfect amount of crispness actually. Not too oily and seasoned with a salt’n’vinegar flavouring.
We order the grilled Atlantic salmon, a decent serving of the fish with a crisp skin, accompanied by a refreshing fennel and orange salad, hand cut chips (skin on) and tartare sauce. For under $20, it’s very reasonable.
As is the steamed ginger fish in a bowl resting above fresh purple cabbage, steamed snow peas and bok Choy. If you’re also health conscious, there’s a poke bowl, and even a cold seafood platter for only $29.
Other options at Fish Tribe Project include Baja Fish tacos, a crumbed ling burger, battered ling or chilli lime squid.
We like that this place has revisited the old school fish and chip shop, but with fresh quality ingredients, veggies and care and effort, evident by the hand cut chips and and packaging of the food. There’s gluten free options available, as well as kids meals and weekday specials.
Great things going on here. It is worth taking a day trip down for fish and chips here, though keep in mind they close at 7:30, so be prepared for an early dinner. We will absolutely return.
Shop 1 Johnson St
Wed -Thursday: 4:30-7:30pm