Carraway Pier, a cult fish and chip favourite. Oh, it had been a while - years in fact. But a trip down memory lane – to QUT Kelvin Grove – called for a stop by Carraway Pier. And it is safe to say (unlike many nostalgic childhood memories I’ve ruined by recreating) it lived up to the good name.
Student favourite, the establishment dishes up fresh fish and chips, salads and burgers to the masses. It's student prices for everyone here - a fillet of barramundi is just $9.90, while a cod, three calamari, two prawn cutlets and chips will only set you back $12.
Fortunately low prices doesn't equal poor quality or small portions. The decor is simple with cafe tables and blue plastic chairs, but you can eat in and dine on white ceramic plates using real cutlery and service with a smile. We went with the salt and pepper calamari, chips and salad. The calamari was tender and stacked high, the chips were crispy and the salad, fresh. Be sure to order a tub or tartare or aioli to dip.
If fish and chips ain’t your gravy, Carraway’s hearty home-style burgers come in at $7.50, and fruit smoothies are just $5.50. The store just celebrated its eighth birthday and we hope the legendary store sticks around for at least another eight. At nearly half the price of my local fish shop and with no compromise on quality, I might have to go back to uni or move to the other side of the city.