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BETTER IN BATTER: A glistening guide to fried food in Newcastle

Bake, grill, barbeque, sizzle – all great techniques to cook a delicious dish. Hey, some foods even taste better served raw – bananas anyone…

But is there anything better than something delicious fried in batter? 

We’ve compiled a bit of a list to help you make up your mind.

Beetroot Scallop – Scotties 

The perfect salty, savoury seaside snack!

A thick piece of beetroot is cooked soft and sweet but stays solid inside its golden crispy case. It’s so crunchy the seagulls will be circling from the first bite.

36 Scott Street, Newcastle East

Seafood Sticks – The Kingfish 

Once relegated to the kiddies menu this version of the salty, soft treat will please young and old alike. We don’t need to know what’s inside to know what’s delicious. That thin batter, no excess oil, served with hand-cut chips – yes.

Special Mention: Shout out for the battered vegan ‘fish’ they are serving up at Kingfish. Vegos and vegans like the fry too friends.

The Kingfish
Unit 19/15-17 Honeysuckle Drive, Honeysuckle

Tempura Vegetables – Asa Don

We love a vegetable x fat fryer collab and this is one of the tastiest little examples in town.

The tempura vegetables at Asa-Don served with fluffy white rice. Delicate batter at its very, very best.

Just saying.

Special Mention: The vegetable pakoras at Surtaj are a mix of veggies and herbs in a nutty chickpea flour batter. Seasoned and spiced beautifully – they come in lots of four, you might need a few plates.

Asa-Don (Japanese Take-Away)
179 King Street, Newcastle

Surtaj Indian Restaurant
265 Hunter St, Newcastle

Battered Sav / Pluto Pup – Mayfield West Kebabs and Charcoal Chicken

Sure, we save these quick fry, high-calorie snacks for special occasions, such as hangovers.

But, if you are searching for a local version of these international delicacies (UK & USA respectively) look no further than this legendary take away.

The more tomato sauce on top the better!

P.S. It would be rude not to get a HSP on your visit.

Mayfield West Kebabs and Charcoal Chicken
402 Maitland Road, Mayfield West

Salt & Vinegar Onion Rings – The Criterion Hotel 

Originating in Texas back in the 1920’s, onion rings are just one of those things. Bloody delicious ut you are never gonna make them at home. 

A crisp accompaniment to the soft, rich meat these guys are serving up from the smoker each Sunday. Or, served with salad (pictured) ‘cause, you know, balance. 

Criterion Hotel
81 Bourke St, Carrington

Deep Fried Ice Cream – Emerald Gardens, Wests New Lambton

Another menu item which has been the kids domain for far too long. Adults need to claim this scrumptious dessert back – stat.

A feat of balled, battered mastery – how does the ice cream not melt and turn to mush immediately? And DO NOT forget the sticky butterscotch sauce. 

Emerald Gardens, Wests New Lambton
88 Hobart Rd, New Lambton

Written by Newcastle Live

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