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HOT: Tommy Ruff, 574A Main St, Mordialloc

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Are you looking for Melbourne’s best fish and chips? Tommy Ruff (Elsternwick, Windsor and Mordialloc) is consistently named in the top 10 lists and after trying it out I have to agree. They do excellent fish and chips…and everything seafood!

tommy ruff

The Mordialloc store is decked out like a salty sea shanty with bleached and painted wood, buoys and sea creatures providing fun touches. I particularly like the fishing rods, bent over to hold the banquette lighting!

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Baby 2.0 and I giggle over the fish-shaped water jugs which make a ‘glug glug’ fishy noise when pouring.

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The menu is extensive, starting with sharing plates and moving right through to non-fish items and a kids menu.

I try the fish tacos ($15 for 3), three juicy morsels of house fish Blue Grenadier, tucked into a soft tortilla with salsa and a squirt of chipotle mayo. It’s satisfying and easily a meal in itself.

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However, in the interests of research I also try the salt and pepper calamari ($12). If you like calamari don’t miss this dish – the calamari is extremely tender and the outer coating give it a slight crunch to dip into the aioli (which could do with more punch).

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The main event is the fish and chips and for $11.50 you get a huge beer-battered fillet and a mound of chips. The fish and chips are not greasy and both are impressively crunchy on the outside. The potatoes are not bland and starchy – the thick batons really taste of potato!

Tommy Ruff provides takeaway if you want to head to Mordialloc Beach, the pier or the playground at Peter Scullin Reserve.

HOT Tips:

  • Pram access
  • High chairs
  • Kids menu;
  • Standard menu suitable for kids;
  • Close to Peter Scullin Reserve playground and Mordialloc Beach;
  • Time limited free street parking; and
  • No Reservations. Walk ins only.

Tommy Ruff, 574A Main St, Mordialloc 03 9580 2525

Daily 11.30 AM – 9 PM

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts loves to blog about ways in which families can have more fun together!

She's a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur who combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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