14 Margaret St, Moonee Ponds. Phone 9370 0800
I’ve grown quite fussy about my fish and chips. I can imagine a scenario or two wherein I might eat them takeaway-style. Maybe tossed from the fryer into one of those cardboard trays, thrown is a paper bag and then scarfed at an adjacent beach no more than a few minutes walk away.
But as for eating ‘em after they’ve been wrapped in paper and toted home – well, no, we don’t do that no more. The result might have appeal for some, but for me by the time you get around to it, them fish an chips is steamed, rather than fried. Just like home-delivered Cantonese food – in fact, home-delivered food of most kinds, including pizza.
I’m also quite a fan of the new-school fish and chip joints (and burger enterprises) that are now scattered across Melbourne.
Let’s face it – this isn’t the kind of food that any of us wants to live on, or even eat regularly.
So when I indulge, I want it good and I don’t mind going the extra yards – and paying the odd extra dollar.
In all regards, Ripples – in a strip of eateries right across from the Moonee Ponds train station – hits the spot.
Inside, it’s all spotlessly clean and gleaming formica and chrome.
They do such things as grilled this and cajun that, but I’m not interested.
The coleslaw is your typical Aussie routine – that is, swimming in mayo – but less so than in your average chicken shop. It’s pretty good, actually, and the cabbage/carrot/onion combo is crunchy and pleasingly on the fresh side.
The chips are always hot and likewise crunchy.
A recent visit (21/8/10) for fish, chips, coleslaw, tartare sauce, can of coke clocked in at $14.10.
On his single visit, Bennie had his usual burger-with-the-lot-minus-egg, pronouncing it just fine.
And here’s the clincher – Ripples staff not only bring your meals to your table, they bring REAL cuttlery and REAL crockery with them.
In the new world of fish and chips, one in which the oil is presumably changed a lot more often than on a yearly basis, that’ll get my vote and my money every time.