Set amongst similar stores down Semaphore Road, popular opinion suggests that Soto’s Fish Shop makes the best fish and chips in Adelaide. The outside of the store looks old and run down but the inside is slightly more modernised with good use of blues and yellows. The menu is a fairly stock standard one with 4 types of fish to choose from, half a dozen other seafood options, a range of snacks, hamburgers, steak sandwiches and yiros.
What makes this place different to any other fish and chip store? At Soto’s, the chips are hand cut. Unlike the processed variety, the chips here are not uniform in size (so you will get more of those throwaway crunchy bits) and because of this, they brown easier and become crunchier. There is variation in the crunchiness depending on the water content of the potatoes that they use at the time.
Today, I ordered their Butterfish and Chips. This place is tremendously popular, so much so, there was a huge line out the door and I expected a decent wait. A good 20 minutes later, the meal was ready. The chips didn’t look great but they were some of the best I’ve ever had. They were nice and crunchy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. As these chips were free of chemicals and preservatives, you could really taste the natural flavours of the potato. The butterfish was well cooked. The batter was thin and not too oily, while the fish was soft and delicate.
The staff were friendly and the service was efficient. The wait for the food can be a bit long but they can’t help it if they’re too popular. Their fish and chips were pretty good, although there were a few too many crunchy bits for my liking. They have a sign telling you that this will be the case so it came as no surprise.
Is it the best fish and chips in Adelaide? The jury is still out on this one, but it’s certainly up there!
WHERE: 23 Semaphore Rd, Semaphore