Rockfish, 3/46-48 Edgewater Blvd, Maribyrnong. Phone: 9317 3474
We feel quite well served when it comes to hamburgers OR fish and chips.
When it comes to hamburger AND fish and chips – that is, our preferred combo of the former for him and the latter for me – things are not so rosy.
Ripples is fine but Moonee Ponds is a bit of stretch for the spontaneity and instant gratification that seems to go with this kind of food.
Could be then that Rockfish could become our regular haunt when the mood is upon us.
It’s part of a food precinct that has sprung at Edgewater, about midway between Highpoint and Footscray. There’s also Thai and Malaysian eateries and a specialist dessert place joining other outlets that have been there a while.
Happily, there seems to be heaps of parking.
Rockfish is a straight-up fast food joint that’s clean and sparkling and has two tables inside and outside facilities, too.
We order, for our Sunday lunch, our “usual” – burger with the lot for Bennie, fried fish of the day and coleslaw for me, chips to share and a can of soft drink.
Our chips are thoroughly excellent – salted just right, unoily, crisp, perfect.
There’s far too many of them, though.
We got a medium order ($4.50) when a small ($3) would’ve done. We wish we had been asked.
Bennie is entirely happy with his burger lot ($7.50).
He tells me he really likes the fact his meat pattie has a crispy exterior.
He also later, when pressed, says it’s a “10 out of 10″ job.
His more hard-nosed dad advises taking that assessment on board with caution, but still …
The coleslaw ($3.50) is quite unusual by the usual standards of such places.
The vegetable components are fresh and crunchy.
The mayo dressing is neither too gloopy and gluggy or too runny, one of which is almost always the case.
In fact, the dressing is quite sticky and adheres to the vegetables really well.
I find it a bit on the dry side, though, but Bennie like it, which is a plus.
My fish ($6), flake, is of modest proportions, but the batter is fine and sticks to the fish.
The fish itself is divine – lovely and juicy and flavoursome.
In terms of containers and implements, we are provided a mix of real crockery, plastic and cardboard.
On the one hand, we envy the locals here having such a competent fish and chip shop close at hand.
On the other, it’s no bad thing we have to think about such fodder and then drive to obtain it, lest such fare become more than just an occasional treat.