The Pelican Rocks Cafe at Greenwell Point has the best fish and chips in NSW and that’s official.
The business, run by husband and wife Sam and Rebecca Cardow, was crowned the state’s best judged fish and chips at the Sydney Fish Market Seafood Excellence awards on Friday night.
Pelican Rocks beat Terrigal Beach Fish & Chips Co and Avoca Beach Seafoods to take out the top award.
Mr Cardow summed up his win simply on Facebook.
“OMG what an achievement I have the best staff… happy as.”
Mr Cardow has operated the cafe beneath his parent’s Greenwell Point restaurant for seven and a half years.
His proud father Ron, who with his wife Colleen, have run the family restaurant for 37 years said the win was “just rewards for a lot of hard work.”
“It was a blind judging competition,” he said.
“The judges just turned up and ordered a meal like any other customer and from that made their recommendations.”
And they gave Pelican Rocks high praise.
“Absolutely sensational - everything from service, quality and taste - wonderful” were among the comments.
The judges looked at five criteria - taste, service, choice, information and labelling, with Pelican Rocks Cafe doing remarkably well in all.
“It is just rewards for Sam and his team who work incredibly hard,” Mr Cardow said.
“He has grown up working in the restaurant and now to see him succeed on his own right is fantastic.”
The business previously finished second in the vote based NSW people’s choice fish and chips competition to Terrigal Beach Fish & Chips Co.
Pelican Rocks Cafe will now contest the national finals which will be announced in Sydney on September 28.
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