Fush, chups float re­porter’s boat

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT - KEL­LEY TANTAU

In­stead of us­ing Hamil­ton’s Cob­ham Drv to head straight into Hamil­ton’s city cen­tre for some tucker, make a right turn onto Grey St for some well-worth-it fish and chips.

Lo­cated on the left-hand side of the road by Brook­field St, Hamil­ton East, is the bright blue take­away shop re­leas­ing an aroma no fish-lover could re­sist.

It’s name is Fush and Chups, a de­nom­i­na­tion that has stuck for many years and is now fa­mil­iar to the lo­cals.

A chalk board out­side reads ‘Fish and Chips’ and ‘Milkshake or Thick­shake’.

In­side by the fryer is Harinder Singh. His friends call him Harry. He moves from one sta­tion to the other, mak­ing drinks, con­struct­ing burg­ers and deep-fry­ing chips.

It is usu­ally only Harry here, and even un­der the im­mense pres­sure of serv­ing cus­tomer af­ter cus­tomer, he keeps cool, calm, and col­lected.

He pur­chased the take­away shop only four months ago, al­ter­ing the menu to pro­vide veg­e­tar­ian-friendly op­tions and open­ing later hours.

But Harry says you can’t beat a piece of fresh snapper.

While wait­ing for their or­ders, cus­tomers were also happy to com­mend Harry on his fish fry­ing skills.

All of them said he had turned the place around from what it was at the start of 2016.

Some had never wanted to pur­chase fish and chips from the pre­vi­ous store, but now they come to Harry when they’re crav­ing freshly or­dered sea food.

A plus side to this lo­cal chip­pie is the close dis­tance be­tween its front doors and the Hamil­ton Gar­dens.

Though it may not have sand or surf, the Gar­dens are a wel­come re­place­ment to the Kiwi clas­sic of eat­ing fish and chips on the beach.

It is lit­er­ally a two-minute drive to the main en­trance, and a quick walk to the grassy bank over­look­ing Tur­tle Lake.

We ate at the ‘‘golden’’ time of the evening, and our food was still warm when we ripped away the news­pa­per to tuck in.

To make an or­der or en­quire, phone 07-858 3507.

FISH ‘N CHIPS RAT­ING: 4.5 / 5

I or­dered a cheese­burger, a crumbed piece of snapper, chips and a thick­shake. It was all de­li­cious. I am not much of a fish eater but the thick layer of salty crust was ideal.

I ate all of the burger (mi­nus the beet­root) and the crunchy chips and choco­late shake were the per­fect ac­com­pa­ni­ments.

Fush and Chups floated my boat.

We at­tempted to hunt down some of Hamil­ton’s best Fish and Chip stores, for our sum­mer Lo­cal Chip­pie se­ries. Aman Kaur helps out Harinder Singh at a busy evening at Fush and Chups.

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