When I lived in Joburg one of the things I missed most about Cape Town was being able to pop down the street for a fish and chip takeaway. Apart from one (maybe two) clever folks who decided to open a fish and chip shop (probably ex Capetonians), the whole seafood takeaway thing doesn’t really exist in Joburg. But all that sorrow is behind me now because I am back in the land of plenty where there’s a fish and chip joint on every corner – praise be to the god of seafood! But not every fish and chip shop is created equal; some folks, like Lucky Fish have taken the beloved fish and chip shop straight into the 21st century with modern decor, and an updated menu. Here’s why you need to visit one soon!
The thing I love most about Lucky Fish is that even though they have a few stores in Cape Town they have still managed to stay authentic. They haven’t stooped to the level of FishAways (apologies to FishAways lovers out there but it’s terrible) where the fish tastes frozen and your chips look like moosh. Instead they have managed to keep the charm of an owner-run chip shop while also stepping it up a notch and providing customers with a modern and relaxed eatery environment, fresh seafood and the same great quality food no matter which branch they visit. Bravo!
My favorite Lucky Fish is definitely the flagship store in Sea Point. This branch is fresh and modern and the white washed stone walls, bamboo ceilings and white wooden tables and chairs with splashes of yellow and blue make you feel like you are enjoying a fish and chip lunch in a sea side bungalow somewhere on the West Coast. Customers can grab a seat in the eatery or take their lunch away to be enjoyed at home or on the Sea Point Promenade nearby.
The menu at Lucky Fish is also really impressive. There’s something for everyone and the prices are really affordable. I usually go for the half hake and chip special (R29.95) while the boyfriend gets the full hake and chips (R49). I also love the chip roll (R18) because they serve the chips on the most delicious freshly baked ciabbatta roll (seriously make sure you grab one of these rolls no matter what you order, they are the business). The calamari and chip roll (R33) is also a great choice for lunch. If you’re just looking for a snack then make sure you grab a fish cake (R8) or a prawn samoosa (R9).
Lucky Fish can be found on Sea Point Main Road, Kalk Bay Main Road, Beach Road in Muizenberg, Wynberg and on Long Street and Bree Street in Town.