Soto’s Fish Shop, Semaphore

Where’s the best fish and chips in Adelaide folks?! Apparently it’s in Semaphore at Soto’s Fish Shop – a place I’ve never even heard of!

So after a brief calorie burning session nearby, we thought it would be appropriate to treat ourselves and put the calories back on, at least they cancel each other out… or so we think! 😛

soto's fish shop, semaphore
Shop front, friendly owner(?), crazy line of dockets on the pass

Soto’s is a favourite amongst the locals and it was quite evident once we arrived. The line was out the door! A line up of people were seated and standing inside along the wall whilst others were waiting outside the shop front with their number tags in their hands. All just patiently waiting for their wrapped paper bag of deep fried seafood delights. We squeezed our way through the small shop and placed our order in after being told that the wait would be at least half an hour. Half. An. Hour. For fish and chips! Seriously, they must be that good to illicit such a loyal following from locals to wait that long for fish and chips.

With 30 minutes to kill, we decided to have a stroll down Semaphore Road and check out what other foodie spots they had on offer. It’s a small strip but there were a handful of food spots that tickled our taste buds and have now deemed spots on our ‘to eat’ list that is forever expanding and not getting crossed off quick enough! 😛 What a great spot that Semaphore has evolved into, the jetty has now been fixed after storms damaged it back in 2009, there was a relaxed and friendly vibe around on the streets and beach, the water slide is still operating and so many interesting and yummy places to try – and hey, there’s lots of sunshine to soak up too! It’s definitely a suburb I’ll be checking out more often during the summer as it rolls around.

30 minutes later we return and waited some more, and this time, the line had evidently grown longer (crazy!!). Finally, our number got called, we grabbed our paper bag and headed down to the beach; both eager to tuck in!

soto's fish shop, semaphore
Seafood pack: 1 fillet, 2 prawns, 2 seafood sticks, 2 calamaris, chips and tartare sauce; $13.00
2 Sea shanty’s; $1.00 each

Ta-da! Our bag of golden crisp fish and chips! Psst… notice how there’s not that much oil stains on the paper? Amazing really, since every morsel in this wrapped paper bag was deep fried! The chips were pretty good, much better than your standard chips from your local take away shop. They weren’t oily, had a nice crunch on the outside and the innards were soft and addictive. The prawn was nice and juicy with a crumbly batter shell whilst the remaining seafood had a good and crispy coat of batter, and the meat inside were okay. Just okay.

soto's fish shop, semaphore
Sea shanty innards shot

My very first sea shanty! The filling reminds me of pastie fillings. Remember those?! Pasties and tomato sauce were a common lunch option back in the hey day!

An afternoon bite with an awesome view! 🙂



Soto’s Fish Shop
23 Semaphore Road
Semaphore SA 5019
P 08 8449 1270

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3 comments for “Soto’s Fish Shop, Semaphore

  1. November 7, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    The chips at that place are by far my favourite but I haven’t tried much else! Apparently their salt and pepper calamari is the best; but again i’ve never tried it.

    • dee
      November 7, 2012 at 11:20 PM

      Haha awesome, I’m sure I’ll be lazing around Semaphore a lot more often this Summer. Can’t wait!

      • November 8, 2012 at 5:31 AM

        Every year I make the promise to go more often; this is the year I feel!

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