The Groper and His Wife – gourmet fish & chips with a difference

I received an invitation from Aaron, the owner of The Groper and His Wife a few weeks ago to try his fish and chips. And today I was craving fish & chips big time as I had seen a tweet about it in the morning, so my friend Mahara and I ventured out to City Beach to see what The Groper had to offer.

The Groper and His Wife

As we walked towards the store, we checked out the capsicums and cherry tomatoes growing outside the store…and eyed off our preferred alfresco bench.

The Groper and His Wife, Veggie Patch

The Groper and His Wife Alfresco

As we walked into The Groper and His Wife, we saw an amazing array of food on display.

There was a selection of fresh filleted seafood (fish, prawns, squid) you could buy…

The Groper and His Wife, Seafood Display

A range of appetizers on offer including feta stuffed arancini balls, croquets, thai fish cakes….

The Groper and His Wife display

What caught our eyes the most was the massive piece of home-made rocky road…

The Groper and His Wife, Rocky Road

I had The Groper’s peri peri lightly battered snapper and chips. The peri peri seasoning was also an option for my chips but even as intrigued as I was, I couldn’t trade it for my usual chicken salt.

When my snapper arrived, at first glance I thought the batter was going to be quite oily and that it was too deep fried but that thought fast faded with my first bite, it was very light, there were lots of air in the batter and the peri peri flavouring was subtle which was great as I’m not very good with my spice!

The Groper and His Wife, Battered Fish & Chips

The  triple cooked hand cut chips were very crispy, Mahara could hear the crunch when I bit into my first chip. It reminded me of Heston’s three-times cooked chips on the recent Masterchef episode.

Mahara had the grilled peri peri snapper and chips, it tasted as amazing as it looked. The fish was grilled perfectly and unlike the battered fish, you could really taste the peri peri flavour. For me I always associate peri peri with chicken so I thought fish and peri peri was a strange combo but it worked! If you love peri peri the grilled fish is the way to go.

The Groper and His Wife, Grilled Peri Peri Fish

The fish can be cooked in 6 different ways:

  • Deep fried with a (1) light peri peri batter as I had or (2) plain
  • Grilled (3) peri peri like Mahara’s or (4) plain
  • Crumbed with (5) traditional bread crumbs or (6) the Groper’s special ‘crunchy spicy’

Fish & chips is not complete without tartare sauce! The Groper and His Wife make their own tartare sauce. It was really light (much lighter than any I’ve had before) and you can really taste the pickle & dill which Mahara loved.

The Groper and His Wife, Garden Salad & Tartare Sauce

We also shared a garden salad and I’m not usually a big salad person but I really enjoyed it. The vegetables were really crisp & fresh, and the vinaigrette dressing with mustard seeds was light but tasty. There were vegetables in the salad I only ever eat warm like broccoli and beans because I really don’t like it when veggies aren’t cooked enough and have that real raw taste. But they were cooked long enough that there wasn’t that raw taste, but quick enough that it was still crisp so I was happy. I thought the inclusions of these veggies gave a nice variation to the usual garden salad.

We were completely stuffed and still trying to finish off our chips, when Aaron came out with brownies. As tempting as they were, we took them away and had them with our coffee half an hour later, surprisingly the brownies were still warm when we had it. They were moist, had a nice firm texture and tasted chocolicious. The sauce drizzled over the top was amazing – I would have never imagined that I’d be eating a brownie from a fish & chip shop, let alone a delicious home-made one. (side note – it’s going to be a very brownie filled weekend, Donna Hay posted me her Molten Chocolate Chunk Brownie mix which I’m testing out later – will post about it in the next few days!).

The Groper and His Wife, Brownie

Aaron and his friend took over The Groper and His Wife 14 months ago and from what I hear and have read, they have turned it right around. The Groper and His Wife has been around for almost 20 years but rumour has it the service had slipped during the previous owners’ time.

The Groper and His Wife use quality products sourced right here in WA and their fish comes straight off the fishing boats, filleted in their store and cooked fresh! And the personable customer service I experienced and observed whilst we were having our lunch today I’m sure will keep the locals coming back.

If you live in City Beach or happen to be in the area, I highly recommend trying The Groper and His Wife. Price-wise it isn’t cheap (one serve of fish & chips costs $17.90, guess it’s like what you pay in a pub/bar) but if you like quality fresh fish and chips which are gourmet/a bit different it is well worth every cent. You can find The Groper and His Wife’s menu on their website

Big thank you to Aaron for inviting us – we had a lovely lunch, it was worth the drive!

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I’m a foodie who enjoys trying new food anywhere / any place (restaurants, cafes, bars, market stalls, fast food joints…anywhere just name it!) both in Perth, Western Australia and on my travels. I’m not your ordinary foodie, I’m often described as ‘fussy’ but I really really do love my food - I guess just not everything that’s put on my plate. Though, my other half, ‘burger boy’, eats most foods so I’ll be blogging about what he eats too…and as the name implies, burgers will be a regular foodie blog for all you burger lovers outthere. I love showcasing my yummy food finds with pics so I thought why not share my passion for food with other foodies with my blog, foodie cravings. Follow my food journey as I discover new keepers and rave about my all-time favourites. 


  5 comments for “The Groper and His Wife – gourmet fish & chips with a difference

  1. Kanni
    July 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    looks great :)

    • July 13, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      It tasted better than it looked Kanni 😉 I reckon my iPhone camera didn’t do the fish any justice!

  2. Joe Soap
    May 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Are you sure they use hand cut chips? they look like frozen ones from the image provided.

    • May 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      They certainly didn’t taste like frozen chips to us – it had this amazing crunch because of the cooking process.

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