|Seafood basket with chips, potato scallops, tartare sauce and lime chilli mayo|
Sydney’s seen vegan pizza, we’ve seen vegan burgers and vegan hotdogs but now we can add another to the list of Foods We Never Thought We Could Eat Again After Going Vegan….
Fish and Chips!
Seemingly popping up overnight, Australia’s first 100% vegan fish and chip shop Bliss and Chips quietly opened their doors to the public yesterday on the 9th of November 2015. Fittingly located in the vegan friendly suburb of Newtown, Bliss and Chips sits on King Street where Burgerlicious used to be. Although hoping to settle in with a soft opening, from day one the vegan community in Australia has been spreading the word about rumours of the opening of a 100% vegan fish and chip shop. News travels fast and even the Sydney Morning Herald has made a visit to see what all the fuss is about.
Liss owns and runs Bliss and Chips. She comes from a hospitality background and has been vego for about 20 years. Funnily enough, Liss was never repelled by meat. She organically became vegan by being too lazy to go to the butcher and was drawn to the ease of vegan eating.
The team gives off a close-knit, family vibe and I have a chat with Liss’ mother Sophie who proudly shows me pictures of her gorgeous grandchildren. If only I were lucky enough to have an Aunty who runs a vegan fish and chip shop! The chef tony is a joker and all round the shop seems like a fun place to be.
Liss’ vision for Bliss and Chips was fun food that tastes good. You won’t find any mung bean salads, standard veggie burgers or zucchini pasta here. One look at the menu and that’s plain to see, since asides from the fish and chips you’ll also see deep fried pizza and deep fried chocolate bars (a must try!).
Catering to todays sensitive consumers, the menu is allergen friendly with many gluten free, non-GMO options. Gluten free options are clearly marked on the menu although they’re happy to answer any dietary requirement questions.
The batter is made on the premises and has gone through countless experiments involving rice flour or soy flour and undoubtedly much needed taste testing and then some to find the perfect recipe.
It is so close to the real deal you would never know. The textures of the mock meats are strangely on par with their real counterparts and the house made batter is deliciously crunchy without being too oily.
Tomato sauce is yours for free or choose one of the these sauces for $1 a pop.
Lime & Chilli Mayo
Hot tip: The Tartare sauce is well worth your dollar.
Liss’ recommends ordering the Chicken Cup or Fishless and Chips although thinks the deep fried pizza and deep fried chocolate bars are really good too.
Personally I’m a classic sweet-tooth and I’d be happy with a few sweet potato scallops with tartare sauce (OMG that tartare sauce!) and a Deep Fried Jokerz bar.
The chocolate bars are the American vegan bars – Jokerz, which is pretty much the vegan version of a Snickers. And Twilight, the vegan Mars Bar equivalent (which I wasn’t able to try since they’re currently sold out in Australia. Sad face.). The bars are coated in batter then frozen before going into the fryer. They’re surprisingly not oily and are actually quite delicious. The only thing I could nitpick about is the slight dryness of the batter after a few mouthfuls. Though Liss happily took on this feedback and promised to experiment further. If volunteering were optional I’d put my hand up for taste testing these experiments.
I’ll be back again when the Twilight bar comes back to Australia. Though in the meantime it’s a great place to take a few friends for a cruelty-free fish and chip fix. Why not grab some fish and chips to share in Camperdown Memorial Park just around the corner?
|Seafood basket with chips and scallops|
|Sweet Potato Scallop|
|Deep Fried Jokerz|
|Deep Fried Jokerz|
|Deep Fried Jokerz|
- Price | Fair ($2-$15)
- Cuisine | 100% Vegan Fish & Chip shop
- Must try | Bliss Fish with chips, scallops & tartare sauce and a Deep Fried Jokerz Bar
- Vibe | Fun, fast and unpretentious
- Rating | 4/5
Address | 215 King Street, Newtown
Telephone | coming soon
Facebook | Bliss and Chips