Dappa Snappa Fish Cafe, 203 Nelson Place, Williamstown. Phone: 9943 4109
There are only hazy memories hereabouts of the days when fish and chips resided at the cheaper end of the cheap eats spectrum.
These days a decent F&C feed will always cost you more than a bowl of pho just about anywhere you go.
This situation is exacerbated in my own case because – creature of some habits that I am – ordering F&C without coleslaw is something of which I am simply incapable.
In this case, a minimum serve of coleslaw costing $5.50 nudges the cost of my lunch – including a can of soft drink – above $16.
I know, I know – $5.50 for coleslaw? Sounds a bit steep, doesn’t it?
But I have a hunch about this salad.
It looks good.
It tastes better.
A whole lot better.
Fact is, this is the best F&C shop coleslaw I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating.
It’s stupendous in its perfection.
Perfectly dressed, crunchy but not too crunchy – I’m almost giggling with the sheer enjoyment of it as I slurp up every last shred of cabbage.
The chips are fine in an old-school way and hot, but receive a healthy shake from the salt dispenser.
The fish – blue grenadier – is better again. Of a good size and with a nicely crunchy batter, the fish flesh is juicy and very flavoursome.
The tartare sauce is almost as good as the coleslaw – delicious, fresh and creamy.
This is a winning fish luncheon.
Dappa Snappa boss man Mehmet has been open only a couple of weeks when I visit.
He’s enjoyed a ripper Queen’s Birthday Monday, but is mostly hoping to survive the winter by looking forward to bumper spring and summer crowds.
I reckon he’ll do fine.
There’s F&C alternatives at either end of the Nelson Place food strip, but smack bang in the middle – where he is – there’s much food that is awful, over-priced or both.
Mehmet’a joint is done out in typically breezy fish cafe style, with exposed bricks on one side and a cute seaside scene on the other, and plenty of seating inside and out.
While our immediate neighbourhood continues to lack a sit-down F&C establishment, Dappa Snappa is likely to receive multiple visits from us.
I’ll be interested to hear of Bennie’s verdict on the hamburgers.
Bonus points, too, for the provision of real crockery and metal cutlery!