Rest easy, deep-fried food lovers - fish and chips are back in central Queenstown.
Former Christchurch couple Erik and Anna Arndt have opened Erik’s Fish & Chips on Earl Street, opposite the recently-sold Novotel hotel.
They spotted a gap in the market after daughter Heidi, who lives in town, complained there wasn’t a good chippy in Queenstown’s CBD.
Legendary Aggy’s Shack closed in January and PJ’s on Camp Street shut up the previous October.
The Arndts started looking for premises, which proved harder than expected.
Undeterred, they spotted vacant land on Earl St and hatched the idea of a fish & chip trailer.
The trailer took four months to design and was purpose-built in Auckland.
As you’d expect, blue cod, hoki and shark are on the menu, and for the adventurous, deep-fried kiwifruit.
“It’s something we tried when we were experimenting,” Anna says.
“The response was ‘whoa, this is really good’ - it is a mix of sweet and sour flavours. That’s why we decided it should go on the menu.”
The couple aren’t new to the food industry, having owned Aria Farm, which produces beef and lamb strips.
They sold up two years ago and now have bigger fish to fry.
Anna: “This is very new to us but it’s been great fun. Erik is pedantic about quality and doing things really well. We didn’t just want to open any old sort of chip shop. We wanted to do it properly.”
She’s tight-lipped about their secret batter recipe but says it’s the culmination of some very good - and pretty poor - taste trials in Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Taupo.
Fish is sourced in Dunedin, while the potatoes are grown in Timaru.
They cook with non-greasy rice bran oil.
The new business will have about 10 staffers and open from noon to 9pm.