Noble Savage (he said):
I’ve always been a big fan of traditional fried fish & chips. There’s something almost artistic about turning a simple piece of hake into so much more, using just batter and oil, and complimenting it with the humble potato. Everyone has a story about the best fish & chips shop, normally Kalkies or Snoekies in Hout Bay. But Gauteng is not exactly known for good fish & chips. So where to go when the craving hits?
We know Toni’s from the pizza shop that used to be Greenlyn Village centre in Pretoria. It was one of our favourite places to get a consistently good pizza, but has since changed ownership (and name), and lost most of its charm. Knowing the emphasis on quality we experienced at the pizza place, we decided to try out Toni’s Fish & Chip Co in Pierneef street, Pretoria.
It’s a lovely little shop right on the street, and the outside seating is nice and informal. We were joined by friends who are very familiar with the place, and were immediately instructed to order the Godfather (a whiskey-based cocktail – not really sure what’s in it). It’s a little too sweet for me, but still a very nice drink to have with some friends.
The wine list isn’t massive, but covers the bases nicely. We opted for the Durbanville Hills Chardonnay – it’s easy drinking without being too light, with a very subtle oak finish. Perfect for some fish & chips!
To eat, I opted for the Booty Combo – medium hake, calamari, and chips (Toni’s do have the option of rice on most dishes). And of course, it had to be fried (grilled also available). It was amazing! The batter is perfectly crisp, and the hake not even slightly dry. The batter worked just as well with the calamari, and the chips were crisp outside, and soft inside. As god intended.
Everyone has a story of their favourite fish & chips shop. For most, Gautengers anyway, that shop is likely to only be visited while on vacation once every-so-often. The good news is, you can get proper fish & chips right here in Pretoria. And it’s as good as what you’ll find in the Cape. Plus, they won’t charge you for tap water.
Boozy Foodie (she said):
My father-in-law loves fish and chips. He is actually very easy to please when it comes to picking a restaurant to have lunch at – as long as there’s fish and chips on the menu! So, now when he comes to visit us again, we have found the perfect spot to take him to.
Toni’s Fish and Chips Co. is totally unpretentious. I don’t normally like sidewalk seating, but it was actually quite cool to sit and “people watch”, sipping chilled chardonnay and enjoying fabulous company!
I had quite a difficult time to make up my mind as to what to order, because EVERYTHING on the menu sounded delicious. Being seriously deprived of good seafood will do that to you! I forced myself to look past the pickled fish and clam chowder starters and just go straight to mains.
And it was a good thing I did, because this was one proper meal! Ladies and Gentlemen, behold! I give you the Toni’s Special Combo! Ta-da!
A small hake (not small at all), full portion calamari and a small (not so small) Greek Salad. Seriously one of the best meals I’ve had this year to date. Fresh seafood, perfectly cooked and well seasoned. And that Greek Salad is really something to write home about. NOTHING like the boring version you would normally expect from this very standard menu item.
I am definitely going back for the pickled fish, and the clam chowder, and more! And The Godfather – I really liked it 🙂