Thursday, April 12, 2012


29 Gipps Street
Port Fairy
(03)5568 1884

We'd eaten at "Wisharts at the Wharf" a few years ago and enjoyed our meal so headed back on a recent visit to Port Fairy. As the name suggests, it is right next to the water, on the Moyne river a few hundred meters down stream from where it enters the ocean. There are a few fishing boats amongst the pleasure craft on the river and Wisharts feels like it is part of the quayside community.

It may have got its name from Captain Wishart who named the town after his cutter the 'Fairy'. On one end of the building is a classic fish and chip shop which seemed pretty popular all day, in the rest of the building there is a restaurant which we went to on a blustery showery evening.

We got a spot by the window and even though it was dark, it was nice to be able to see the ripples on the black water.Inside things are fairly basic, but certainly clean and tidy.

I went for the basic fish and chips, the bubbly batter was crisp and the fish certainly fresh and moist, the chips were good too! The salad was basic but fine.

The barramundi was grilled and finished in an oven and was flavoursome and perfectly cooked.

Wisharts certainly provides great basic fish and seafood options in a great location. The takeaway option probably offers better value, the restaurant prices are around the $25 mark for a main. The service is friendly and basic, it's somewhere we'd go back to again when we next visit.

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