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stalk follow someone on Instagram. I love looking at the food people eat and finding out where they’ve been, just so I can get some idea where to go to next time. This was how I found out about Tommy Ruff. I was following my girls’ ex-teacher on Instagram and saw a photo of a huge paper bag with the name Tommy Ruff on it. Curious, I Googled the name. Apparently, it’s a fish and chip shop and they’ve got one on either side of where I’m staying at. The only thing I had to decide was pick which direction I wanted head out to.
The younger two had curriculum day one Friday and I decided to head out for lunch with them – something I seldom get a chance to do nowadays. That presented a great chance for me to try out Tommy Ruff. We decided to go to the one in Elsternwick.
Tucked in the corner on Carre Street, Tommy Ruff has both indoor and outdoor, undercover dining – depending on where you preferred to sit really. The decor reflects the theme with photos of people fishing on the walls and a wooden feature wall leading to the kitchen. The service was warm and friendly, and while you can order some take away, you’ll be served at your table if you choose to eat in.
Their menu had a pretty good variety to choose from. You can dive in and go for their specials, which could vary from a Vietnamese seafood salad to a cajun spiced fish. Or, you can go for their traditional fish and chips, which was what I did.
I had their Aussie Angler, which came with a piece of fish and some chips, tartare sauce and a slice of lime. The fish was fresh; melt in my mouth type of fresh! Haven’t had a good fish and chips fare for a long while now and what a treat that was for me!
The kids had the fish and chips each from the “Little Popper” menu. Theirs came with two pieces of smaller sized fish fillets but, when you compare theirs to mine, you could say it’s like splitting my fish into two – which meant it was pretty generous!
For $9.90, my Aussie Angler was pretty filling – actually I struggled to finish mine because whenever I do have fish and chips, I normally just have the fish and share the chips with Mr. C and the kids.
I’ve been told that their fish tacos is a must-try, so those will be next on my list to have in the very near future. Tommy Ruff also have their range of seafood burgers and I’m really loving the sound of their crab claw burger! More food to try!
I would definitely be back here to try the other things on their menu, possibly for my next date night?
Have you been to Tommy Ruff before? What did you have and what would you recommend?
Shop 3/1-3 Carre Street