Following in the footsteps of many other fish and chip stores, King George Fish and Grill adds a touch of sophistication to gluten free fish and chips. The restaurant overlooks the water at 100 Western Beach Road in Geelong. It has a wonderful elegant industrial feel although they underwent renovations in June so this may have changed.
Earlier this year the tables of King George Fish and Grill gained a new piece of advertising. This included advertising their separate gluten free fryer, utensils and batter at no extra cost. We dined on two occasions to experience a broader range of their menu.
The biggest downside for me is that they don’t have a clearly marked menu. This means that you have to ask the staff about every single item to see if it comes in gluten free. I did have a quick chat to the store via messenger and they did let me know that a new menu is coming. Hopefully, this is implemented soon.
King George’s gluten free batter is light and crunchy. On both occasions when we enjoyed their takeaway we noticed that the food wasn’t overly oily either. That is a big plus in my books. The range we have tried includes battered fish, potato cakes, calamari, scallops and dim sims.
The flake was extremely well cooked and had a lovely flavour. As previously mentioned it wasn’t oil and had a beautiful crunch. Their gluten free potato cakes share the same crunchy exterior, however, they were a bit smaller than I am used to.
During the first visit, I ordered Calamari rings. The rings were decent in size, making the $2 price tag reasonable. The fact that King George don’t charge extra for their gluten free batter is definitely a plus when ordering small battered sides like these. When taking my first bite, the batter did slide off the calamari. I can imagine this is due to not having a flour coating to help the batter stick. To avoid losing the batter, make sure you have a taken a clean bite before pulling away. With my second ring, I used this technique and happily didn’t lose any batter. The calamari itself wasn’t overly chewy although it personally may have spent one minute too long in the fryer.
While I do think that the Calamari rings are ok in value, the battered scallops are something you can probably leave out. At $2.50 each, they are quite small. They had a good flavour, the batter did have a bit of issue sticking to them but I think I’ll stick to the Good Fish Co for my scallop needs.
Lastly, we enjoyed their fried dim sims. My mum is a huge fan of dim sims, whenever there is a gluten free option available we try it. With the typical dim sim flavour, a crispy but also slightly chewy wrapper and at $2 each, these aren’t bad.
Thankfully, King George does provide gluten free burgers as well. I haven’t questioned them about a separate area for the buns but with their knowledge, they should be on top of their game. I’d definitely recommend double checking though. The gluten free buns do cost extra, unlike their fish and chips. Decadent looking gluten free desserts are available as well. Check out their facebook page to see more about these options.
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