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Fun video review of our $5 Lunch Special

There are two things you need to do.

First, try our $5 lunch special. Between 12pm and 4pm every week day it is the best value around.

Second, check out this review of that very lunch. Greg’s kitchen is actually in the front seat of his ute and he does brilliant takeaway food reviews. We’re happy to have passed muster for this discerning devotee of great fish and chips.

Top 4 on the Gold Coast, and still #1 in Burleigh

Red Hot Cod has again been voted by you, the punters, as the number one fish and chips restaurant in Burleigh Heads, Australia.

And the Gold Coast Bulletin readers poll for “Best of the Gold Coast” jumped us up a notch or two in 2019 and we are now in the top four in the city.

That’s a city of 600,000 people and a bucket-load of fish and chips shops – and we’re number 4. It is the third year in a row we have been in the top 10.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us. We’re really humbled. And congratulations to all our fish and chips colleagues across the city who also made the podium.

But most of all thank you to our customers who keep coming back and loving our food. It gets us out of bed every morning with a smile.

Actually, its the smell of salt and those Burleigh barrels that get us out of bed each morning but you folk are a close second.

The Gold Coast Bulletin article itself can be hard to find sometimes so here is the gist of it:

With the ocean at our doorstep, Gold Coasters are hooked on fish and chips, but who serves the best in the region? We’ve reeled in the top 10 fish and chip shops as voted by you.

10. KIWI FISH N CHIPS

14/112 Discovery Dr, Helensvale

Kiwi Fish and Chips co-owner Melissa Doull. Picture: Jerad Williams
Kiwi Fish and Chips co-owner Melissa Doull. Picture: Jerad Williams

A fry up reeling in the clientele with NZ techniques, Kiwi Fish and Chips owner Tommy Doull says his shop takes the delicious dish back to basics. “We cook it how we were meant to cook it in the old days. We keep it real,” he says. The shop gets New Zealand fish delivered once a week and batters its fillets to order. Tommy says the potatoes are changed seasonally, ensuring a high quality chip every time.

MUDGEERABA’S FIVE BEST EATERIES

9. SCALES SEAFOODS

47 Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads

Scales Seafood Tweed Heads is right on the river, with the fish coming straigh off the trawlers into the cabinets.
Scales Seafood Tweed Heads is right on the river, with the fish coming straigh off the trawlers into the cabinets.

If the fish were any fresher at Scales Seafoods it would be wriggling at the end of a rod. The seafood wholesaler and takeaway shop has an enviable position right on the Tweed River, where the trawlers unload daily catches straight to its cold room. Manager Bryce Freeman says there’s plenty of locally-caught mackerel around and the season for sea mullet is on its way. Scales also serves gluten-free batter options and you can have your chips cooked “well done” or soft, however you please.

8. BENOWA GARDENS SEAFOODS

Benowa Gardens Shopping Centre, Cnr Ashmore and Benowa Roads, Benowa



Fish and chips from Benowa Gardens Seafood.
Fish and chips from Benowa Gardens Seafood.

Benowa Gardens Seafoods’ reputation spans much further than the Gold Coast thanks to the nearby Bundall Turf Club. “We get a few country people because of the racetrack,” co-owner Shane Parkes says. And whether you’re picking up fish and chips every week or once a year, Shane and his wife Mel say they send out a consistent product. The couple order whole fish in and fillet and crumb on site. “Our snapper and chips is the most popular,” Shane says.

7. CHEVRON ISLAND SEAFOODS

48-50 Thomas Dr, Surfers Paradise

Mmmm, it doesn’t get much better than fish and chips. Picture Rebecca Michael.
Mmmm, it doesn’t get much better than fish and chips. Picture Rebecca Michael.

Chevron Island Seafoods is the embodiment of Finding Nemo character Dory’s wise words: just keep swimming. The fish and chip shop has been frying and grilling since 1972, taken over by today’s operator Frank Vayonitis in 1995 and co-captained by friend Warren Ebbels in 2008. The takeaway shop is proud of its long history attached to the Gold Coast, specialising in grilled seafood and affordable meal packs.

6. KINGFISH AND CHIPS

1162 Pimpama Jacobs Well Road, Jacobs Well

The age old questions — batted or crumbed? Chicken salt or sea salt? Tour. Picture: Jerad Williams
The age old questions — batted or crumbed? Chicken salt or sea salt? Tour. Picture: Jerad Williams

Fish and chips for the fam can get a little costly at times so there’s meal deals a-plenty at Kingfish and Chips. The Jacobs Well takeaway shop cooks all fresh seafood and sources “A grade” chips for its hungry customers. “We get fresh deliveries three times a week,” manager Kelli Dobson says. “The share pack is very popular — $25 for two people, with plenty of food for a couple. We offer packs that are budget friendly.”

5. Crisp Fish and Chips

1a/93 Gemvale Road, Mudgeeraba

Cassidy McKenzie from Crisp Fish and Chips at Mudgeeraba for the Best of the Gold Coast: Western Food Tour. Picture: Jerad Williams
Cassidy McKenzie from Crisp Fish and Chips at Mudgeeraba for the Best of the Gold Coast: Western Food Tour. Picture: Jerad Williams

For a unique fish experience with a little Japanese influence, try Crisp Fish and Chips’ panko crumb option — a lighter type of coating that absorbs less oil and grease. “We’ve got wonderful panko crumb, people really like it,” owner Tim Poeszus says. “I get a lot of regulars coming from outlying areas, from Springbrook, people from Brisbane, and they say it’s the best fish and chips they’ve ever had. We have a secret oil and secret batter, special panko breadcrumb, amazing homemade potato cakes and calamari.”

4. RED HOT COD (That’s us!!)

1716 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

The famous Burleigh Beach Box from Red Hot Cod. Picture: Jerad Williams
The famous Burleigh Beach Box from Red Hot Cod. Picture: Jerad Williams

Red Hot Cod is a small fish in the big Burleigh dining pond but owner Simon Scott says his shop is quick and clean. “It’s one of the smallest seafood places on the Coast but very busy — really fresh and really fast,” Simon says. Instead of having the fillets ready to fry in the cabinet, customers choose their fish and preferred coating before being fried or grilled to order. Red Hot Cod offers gluten-free batter on its fish as well as fresh salads, sweet potato chips and brown rice.

3. FRESH CORAL SEAFOODS

Mudgeeraba Market Shopping Centre, 30/3 Swan Lane, Mudgeeraba

Best of the Gold Coast Fish and Chips Winner. Fresh Coral Seafoods. Owner Platon Kaplanidis. Photo by Richard Gosling
Best of the Gold Coast Fish and Chips Winner. Fresh Coral Seafoods. Owner Platon Kaplanidis. Photo by Richard Gosling

Grilled red emperor? Crumbed snapper or battered jewfish? Whatever you’re fishing for, Fresh Coral Seafoods can make it happen. “We do have packs, but it’s definitely more about people making up their own choices on what they require,” owner Platon Kaplanidis says. “We’ve got a wide variety of seafood available. If you have a special request, I’d see what I can do for you.” Part seafood deli, part fish and chippery, customers can indulge in a side of crispy cut potatoes or salad, or pick up a whole fish and cook it at home.

2. MUDGEERABA SEAFOODS ON SCHOOL ST

Corner of Railway Street and School St, Mudgeeraba

Peter & Peisie Hawkes from Mudgeeraba Seafoods on School Street.
Peter & Peisie Hawkes from Mudgeeraba Seafoods on School Street.

Mudgeeraba Seafoods owner Peter Hawkes says the key to a great serve of fish and chips is keeping the fryers separate. “Our chips are cooked in cotton seed oil, same as our fish,” he says. “We don’t mix them with the fish. That’s the only secret I’ll give away.” Mr Hawkes and his wife Peisie are proud of the consistent five-star reviews online, where customers praise the gold band snapper, flake and calamari curls. “Our calamari, it’s very special — we marinade it overnight. It melts in your mouth.”

1. OH MY COD

1/3 Dalton St, Upper Coomera

Oh My Cod in Upper Coomera wins Best of the Gold Coast, fish and chips. Izaac and Charlene Gardiner with some of their food including their famous fish burger. Picture Glenn Hampson
Oh My Cod in Upper Coomera wins Best of the Gold Coast, fish and chips. Izaac and Charlene Gardiner with some of their food including their famous fish burger. Picture Glenn Hampson

It’s a common story among new hospitality ventures: you can’t find what you’re after so you do it yourself, and that’s how this year’s best fish and chips on the Gold Coast was born.

“We opened in June,” owner Izaac Gardiner says. “We couldn’t really find any decent fish and chips around the Gold Coast.”

Izaac says it’s hard to explain why Kiwis do fish and chips better, so we’ll have to just take his word for it — or taste it for ourselves.

Vote for Red Hot Cod in best of the Gold Coast

The annual poll is on again to find the Best Fish and Chip restaurant on the Gold Coast for 2019.

It is an annual readers’ poll run online by the Gold Coast Bulletin and you can vote for Red Hot Cod right here but be sure to scroll to the bottom – we’re last on the list.

But please hurry. Voting closes 10am Monday February 18, 2019.

Red Hot Cod has been voted in the top 10 on the Gold Coast since the first year we opened and Number 1 in Burleigh each year.

We’d love your support again in 2019, so click on the Gold Coast Bulletin link, scroll down to Red Hot Cod and send your love our way!

Tripadvisor excellence award for Red Hot Cod

Tripadvisor Red Hot Cod excellence

UPDATE, AUGUST 2019: Red Hot Cod has again received the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for outstanding reviews.

You folk gave us a tidal wave of five star ratings last year (see below) and it has continued in 2019. We can’t thank you enough. Love that little owl!

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It’s exciting to get the international stamp of approval from Tripadvisor.

So many of our great customers have given us five-star ratings that they have just awarded Red Hot Cod the Certificate of Excellence.

They say the customer is never wrong and who are we to argue.

If you guys think Red Hot Cod does the best seafood and fish and chips takeaway then we will have to agree.

It is so satisfying for all our staff too. We try hard every day, every order to deliver a special food experience.

Thanks Tripadvisor – we think you’re excellent too.

We are batter than the rest

Thank you to all our wonderful customers and fans who voted us among the top 10 fish and chip restaurants on the Gold Coast for the second year running.

We are the fifth most popular restaurant on the Coast and No.1 in Burleigh Heads in the Gold Coast Bulletin’s Best of the Gold Coast competition announced in March 2018.

To be in the top 10 last year (2017) when we had only been open a few months was amazing.

But to follow it up this year with an improved Top 10 placing and again the best in Burleigh shows that we have great food and great customers.

The feedback has been the best thing. We love it that you guys love our food. It keeps us going every day.

Check out the Facebook and Instagram comments 

 

 

Red Hot Cod is Top 5 on the Gold Coast

Polls are open for voting in the Best Fish and Chips restaurant on the Gold Coast.
And we need your help to bring home the bacon – or in our case, the cod.
Last year, not long after we opened, we had your support to be voted into the top 10 on the Gold Coast and the best in Burleigh in the Gold Coast Bulletin’s Best of the Gold Coast competition.
This year, we need your vote again.
So click the link, find Red Hot Cod in the list and vote. Think of it as a non-binding, postal plebiscite but online and about great seafood.
We love bringing you the very best and fresh seafood every day and a little trophy now and again is all we ask in return.
Here’s the link, go for it: http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/lifestyle/best-of-gold-coast/best-of-the-gold-coast-2018-vote-for-the-best-fish-and-chips/news-story/1043c6bf34b975b246694c8acc3cb199

Voted the best fish and chips in Burleigh Heads

Red Hot Cod is pretty stoked to be voted among the Top 10 takeaway fish and chip outlets on the Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast Bulletin’s annual readers’ poll places Red Hot Cod No.6 on the Coast in 2017 and the only Burleigh outlet in the top 10. This is despite only opening its doors just over six months before hand.

“The response from the community has been terrific,” says Sim, owner and chef at Red Hot Cod Burleigh.

“We know our premium quality fish and chips has met a need in the market but to receive such an award in our first few months is pretty special.

“And this is all organic too because t is the people who voted.

“So we can just thank our customers and the Gold Coast Bulletin. And we promise we will continue to serve up the best fish and chips in Burleigh.”

Full Report:

Read the full Best of the Gold Coast fish and chips article here

 

We source the freshest fish

Another picture of Sim showing off the goods! Come in and get your taste of it before its all gone

It has been an amazing return to Burleigh Heads for Sim and Buffie.

Rachel Jansen, from the Gold Coast Bulletin, captured it well with this article:

A DECADE ago, Simon and Buffie Scott disappeared from the Burleigh food scene, selling off the local favourite Red Hot Wok and heading south for a slower-paced life in northern NSW.

Their reputation for good food continued to reach the Burleigh foreshore though, with news of their ventures in an Evans Head hotel and then RSL club travelling back to those who missed the popular takeaway where fresh, fast and tasty Asian-inspired dishes were served up in cardboard boxes.

So when the doors opened to a new fish and chipper in Burleigh two weeks before Christmas, it didn’t take long for the local crew to hear the Scotts had made a comeback, this time with Red Hot Cod, the name a nod to their former popular eatery that used to be just a few doors further along the Gold Coast Highway.

“We moved down there I was teaching professional seafood cooking at the North Coast Institute of TAFE, and also had the hotel and then RSL restaurant,” Simon explains.

“The past few years we’ve had a pretty good cruisy life and I spent a lot of time fishing and surfing.

Life by the ocean

“ I’ve been surfing since I was five and fishing since I was five-and-a-half. I love the ocean – playing in it and eating from it.

“The last two years I spent 590 hours at sea just fishing, and probably the same amount of time surfing.

“But all our family live here and we thought it was time to come back and we just wanted to do something different again.”

The couple have rented a unit overlooking Burleigh for now, while they travel between bases.

Using his southern connections is a bonus for Burleigh customers, Simon says, especially during the peak summer period when supply has been low because of high demand.

“There’s so much more fish down there. Up here it’s really competitive (because of under-supply),” he says.

“I’ve had 10 years of building relationships with the professional fishermen down there – they know I’m looking for snapper of a certain size, and mackerel and jew fish.”

Only the best quality seafood

Sourcing quality seafood is a central point-of-difference for Red Hot Cod as a fish and chip takeaway.

“It’s a bit different for a fish and chip menu,” Simon says.

“It’s all Australian and New Zealand seafood. We’re not getting fish in from Asia.

“You know what you’re eating. If you’re eating fish from Asia, they’re farming them in muddy ponds, whereas with the Australian and New Zealand produce, it’s wild caught.”

As well as the fish from Evan’s Head, the deep sea ling is from New Zealand – caught wild and filleted on the boats – the salmon from Tassie, and the oysters on the menu are currently Sydney Rock as they’re in season.

Seafood expertise

The octopus for Simon’s barbecue octopus dish is brought in from Western Australia.

“It’s the big Aussie stuff. They catch them in the lobster traps – they’re a bycatch – the octopus get in the lobster traps and crush the lobsters and feed on them,” he says.

The prawn cutlets are handmade, as is the calamari, and all seafood is served with fresh salads including organic quinoa with roasted sweet potato and cauliflower, a Greek salad bowl or mixed green leaf salad.

Having worked in international hotels, small cafes, vineyards and takeaway joints, Simon says Red Hot Cod is less complicated.

“We like the takeaway concept. It’s very labour-intensive in the restaurant while this is quicker and fresher.”

Boxed to go

The signature cardboard-boxed meals locals loved a decade ago have been revived.

Walking out the door at a rapid rate are the Burleigh Beach Boxes, packed with mixed seafood, salad and chips, in serving sizes to suit one, two or four people.

Many a loyal former Wok customer will be thrilled to see Simon has also resurrected some of the menu favourites, including Indonesian vegetarian spring rolls and nasi goreng, a Massaman curry and duck spring rolls.

“They were the dishes that were the most popular then and they’ve proven really popular again now,” he says.

While the majority of meals are taken away box-style, there is seating for 20 inside the store, which has been outfitted to look like a trawler, complete with rusted-look walls and port holes.

Through one hole you’ll spy a picture of Burleigh surfing and lifeguard legend James “Billy” Watson.

“We wouldn’t have done this at Coolangatta or Nobby or Mermaid – we just love Burleigh, and it had to be the right shop or wouldn’t do it,” Simon says.

“This shop is the right aspect – I can see the lifeguard tower and the ocean from here.”

Red Hot Cod, 1716 Gold Coast Highway, open daily 11am-9pm