Head on back a block or so from the hectic beach strip into a casual, laid-back space, skanking to the reggae beat of Bob Marley.
You’ll find retro Formica tables, a magazine rack filled with surf and skate mags with names like Slam and Stab, and a simple chalkboard menu that takes you back to yesteryear.
The neighbourhood vibe sees loads of smiles flowing back and forth over the wooden counter, but it’s the Famous Handmade Chips ($3) that will really get your nostalgia flowing. Hand cutting is three hours work every single day, but these crunchy, golden beauties justify every second of labour. Smile at the memories as you unwrap them in a paper-lined newsprint bundle with a nicely battered piece of New Zealand Hoki ($4.50).
Spring for the Home-made Sauces ($2.50/each) – Creole Tartare for the fish; Fresh Herb and Garlic to dip your chips; and Spicy Citrus and Ginger to suit a lightly grilled piece of Atlantic Salmon ($10.50).
A plump Fish Burger ($6.50) surprises with beetroot, but I’m won over immediately so it must be true blue. Vegetable oil helps the food feel surprisingly light, so throw down an extra buck for a lovely golden ring of nostalgic pleasure - the Pineapple Fritter ($1) - eaten too quickly to get a photo, so it must have been good!
The Original Fish and Chip Company
163 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach
Ph: (02) 9130 4582