Batterbing, 60 Douglas Parade, Williamstown. Phone: 9397 1227
Batterbing is located in a Douglas Parade premises that has been home to fish and chips for a long, long time.
Decades, I’m guessing.
Can any Williamstown readers tell us?
In any case, these days – under its newish name – it’s being run by John McMonagle, whose work we loved so much at Dough! in Newport.
His Williamstown location is superior – it’s handily placed for more drop-in and foot traffic.
And that’s great – it means more people can enjoy the super work being done by John and his team.
The place remains very much an old-school fish and chip shop, with rudimentary dine-in facilities – a bench and stools inside, a few tables and chairs on the footpath outside.
But none of that matters.
Here be made – and happily consumed – what are, in our opinions and experience, the best fish and chips in the western suburbs.
(Matched mind, you, by Ebi in Essex Street, Footscray – very different style, equally fine outcome.)
The Batterbing art starts with chips.
Here the potatoes are hand-cut and tumbled – and are wonderful.
Real spuds make for hip chips.
I go with my never-fail arrangement carried over from the Dough! days – now officially called Combo for 1 ($15, top photograph).
Those chips, a handful of tender calamari rings and a nice chunk of juicy, delicious and expertly deep-fried blue grenadier.
So very fine!
Unlike Dough!, there are no pizzas at Batterbing.
But there are burgers – so we take one of them for a run, too.
The Lil Jerry Seinfeld – is there some in-joke I’m missing? – is a doozy.
Crisp and deeply tanned deep-fried chicken thigh is joined in burger harmony by just the right amount of slaw and mayo in a purple bun.
Like all the Batterbing burgers, it comes with a side of those chips – and that makes the $13 entry fee a dead-set bargain.