On most days, during the warmer months, you are almost guaranteed that you will find a massive line at Sotos. Why? Because, in many opinions, it is the best fish and chips in Adelaide. I hear you, that's a big call you say? Well, I've eaten a lot, not taken pictures of many, and this is as good as it gets. I hear you, where is this Sotos you say? Semaphore! What's so great about Sotos?
#1 The chips are handcut & twice fried.
#2 The fish is fresh, and hand battered in some special family recipe I am sure.
#3 Everything is sufficiently salted, not too little, not too much.
#4 Everything is cooked correctly, never over fried, never under fried. It is always the same level of crunch without being overly oily or dry.
#5 They just do it right. When you walk in, watch them for 5 mins (or 45 mins if its a Sunday over 25 degrees), you can see they know how to make fish and chips.
On this occasion, we got 2 x pieces of fish and 2 x dim sims, plus minimum chips. The photo may not be appealing, but, it's fish and chips, its not meant to be fancy. As I described above, they are just the best.
Sotos for me is an easy choice. When you go somewhere that always has a 20 minute wait, year in year out, its generally a good sign that it's good. What blows me away is the consistency of the end product. Bar some changes in the taste of the fish, these were a living creature once, it's always great.
If you haven't given Sotos a try, get on down to Semaphore when you have the time, get some fish and chips, take it down to the lawns, and enjoy what I believe to be Adelaide's best fish and chips. Prepare to wait though, because this isn't a suburban gem, a lot of people know how good this place is. But stick it out, take your number, and be patient.
Nathan gives Sotos 17/20 chops on The Chopping Board. Some of you may be thinking that is very high, given this is a standard, take away item. But, this rating is based upon how it compares to its competitors. But, if you feel differently, or think you have had better, leave a comment below!