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Stokehouse. The best bowl of chips in Brisbane

Posted May 30, 2013 into Food & Drink by John Birmingham

... possibly Australia.

(Throws hands up).

I know, I know. It's a big call.

But look at these babies. Long golden spears of crunchy, perfectly spiced goodness. Not so thin as to be nothing more than potato prezels. Not so chunky that the pillowed fluffyness inside becomes tedious. A perfect balance in fact between crunch and softness.

The little bowl of aioli is lovely, although I will admit there are other dips that would work as well if not better. But we are not here to talk about dips. We are are here to discuss matters chiptastic. And I say there is nowhere you will find a more awesome fried potato product than Stokehouse on the river in Brisneyland.

27 Responses to ‘Stokehouse. The best bowl of chips in Brisbane’

TIFFINbitesized asserts...

Posted May 30, 2013

I look forward to reading more about this in the July edition of the QANTAS inflight....

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BigWillieStyle mumbles...

Posted May 30, 2013

My Mum's place.

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w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 30, 2013

A truly great chip.
Is there really such a thing?

People have made promises to me before, but it has ended up being all herbs and salt. And when people say, it comes with aioli, that is like a knife through the heart.

I’ve learnt not to miss chips. I just miss what I thought chips could be.

You say that Stokehouse has a chiptastic chip.
I hope you are being honest with me, JB. I’ve been hurt before.
Can I risk being hurt again?

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted May 30, 2013

I speak the Truth.

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Vovchara has opinions thus...

Posted May 30, 2013

aww.... *driving to airport, to buy a ticket to ... possibly australia" :D

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yankeedog would have you know...

Posted May 30, 2013

There is an art to the french fry, or chip to y'all. Too thin and they get cold right away, and cold fries? No, not good, not good at all. Too big, and as you said, sort of mushy. Not many restaurants do them right. Sometimes the best fries are at little holes-in-the-wall that cut their own spuds to make them. I'd hesitate to name a chain that has 'the perfect chip'.

Aioli with fries? Interesting, but I think that's for you elitist types. People have using ketchup with fried 'tater products for years, because it works.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted May 30, 2013

The best chips I ever had, ever, and I mean chips not fries which are thinner and 'stringier', came from a hole in the wall around the corner from the old Rolling Stone offices in Sydney. They were amazing. Especially since this place was a greasy spoon that served mostly homeless guys. In fact we thought the secret of their chips was that they'd rendered down a few hobos for cooking oil.

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NBlob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 30, 2013

I'm glad to see chips taken seriously and given their due study.

Currently the chicken joint on Brisbane Rd. Mooloolaba, across the road from the dive shop has my personal blue ribbon.

There is a distinct poultry fat - spud nexus. Generally BBQ Chook shops do better chips than Fish & Chiperys, perhaps the oil stays cleaner longer.

Best National Chip - USA Fries. Worst National Chip - Scotland.

w from brisbane is gonna tell you...

Posted May 30, 2013

What the hell. I'm willing to give chips another go.
I am in Mooloolaba at the moment, so I will give the Mooloolaba Gourmet Chookhouse a go tomorrow. That can give me a quality benchmark before the Stokehouse tasting.

A mate, who lives in the Kimberley and spends a lot of time in remote aboriginal communities, reckons cooked witchetty grubs are, in all seriousness, the perfect chip. Potato is the inferior substitute. He is probably right.

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Albion Love Den has opinions thus...

Posted May 30, 2013
Pfft. Meet you at Lord of The Fries at 1am to fight you about it.

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Barnesm asserts...

Posted May 30, 2013

Damn now I want chips.

Dave W mumbles...

Posted May 31, 2013

Barnesm, it's now 8 in the morning and now I need chips.

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cletus mutters...

Posted May 31, 2013

Andrikos Seafood in Bardon (Macgregor Tce) - best beer battered chips that I have come across in Brisbane.

NB: seafood and burgers are pretty good to.

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Brother PorkChop ducks in to say...

Posted May 31, 2013

Best chain chips I have found are at Grill'd, nice burgers too. Stokehouse chips are indeed chiptastic - I would attest to this fact. And Mooloolaba chicken joint will certainly get a visit soon.

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Lulu puts forth...

Posted May 31, 2013

*Googles Stokehouse location/s in Melbourne*

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Peter Bradley is gonna tell you...

Posted May 31, 2013

In his book "The Man Who Ate Everything" New York Times food critic Jeffery Steingarten has a chapter about the pursuit of the perfgect french frie. It is highly entertaining and involves such experiments as using horse fat. He is silent on chips though. We all know that ther chip is superior to the frie.

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theangrywarden mumbles...

Posted May 31, 2013

Price?

I still have not got over Aria's chips. They were fine chips, don't get me wrong. Might even have been the best I've ever had. They were at least thrice cooked. Matt Moran probably peeled the spuds himself. The frying oil was probably from the moon. However...

A bowl of eight chips cost TEN DOLLARS.

That's more than a dollar a chip. It still leaves me flabbergasted.

Brother PorkChop reckons...

Posted May 31, 2013

Wow!! That is awesome!! Never been to Aria as I couldn't justify the prices at all, nevermind the chips. $105 for a small Wagyu steak. And I was told that it was actually priced higher than Aria in Sydney.

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted May 31, 2013

Now I want those chips.

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w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 31, 2013

I have now been to Nblob's Mooloolaba Gourmet Chookhouse.
A very welcoming, old school takeaway. Amongst other items, they do offer marinated chicken. While I was there, their burgers and their chips seemed to be the popular items. I wasn't the only person who came in and just asked for chips.

The chips. You place your order, your allotment of chips is put in a deep fryer basket and popped into the deep fryer. All chips orders seem to be freshly cooked. I just went for the small serving ($3.50). The serving could have been a large snack for the average eater. Definitely more than a cup and definitely chips, not french fries. The plain or chicken salt option is offered.

These were not gourmet chips. Gourmet chips tend to be a bit fatter and are herbed. However, I preferred them to most of the gourmet chips I have had as they are normally soft and lukewarm. These were hot and crisp. They are the good chips I remember from my teens in the 70's. Not fancy, just good old fashioned chips.

They tasted as good as they smelt. Which is fine praise for a chip.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted May 31, 2013

On my to do list.

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NBlob asserts...

Posted May 31, 2013

Thankyou W. You appear a consonant of taste &/or distinction.

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Murphy asserts...

Posted June 1, 2013

I'm trying to think of a place in Kansas City which produces a consistently decent batch of fries/chips. . . .

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. . . still pondering the matter.

Respects,

Murph

On the Outer Marches

P.S. Now, if you want what we Americans call potato chips and are looking for some home made kind, Harry's Country Club on the River Market does an excellent batch with french onion dip. Starve yourself for a week and come with a wheelbarrow and a coolie to push you home in it after the meal.

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NBlob mutters...

Posted June 1, 2013
@ Murph.
Nomenclature.
In Oz 'chips' can describe hot or cold slices of fried potato. Fries exclusively describe the hot variety, mostly in a transnational burger joint context. It surprised me in the US to order burger & chips and get a little bag of fritos in a basket beside my plate. I've never seen such a meal served in Oz. In the UK 'crisps' describe the cold variety.

As I said above, I take my potato products seriously. After careful and comprehensive research I believe the standard Fry in the USA to be superior to the standard fry in Oz. Portion size, individual fry dimension, crunchiness, potato flavour, all contribute. I may be an extremist, but I maintain if you cant hear a chip crunch as you eat it, it aint crunchy enough.

While I'm on my hobby horse, who told Fish & Chip shops to put orders in plastic bags? Seriously it's like chaining cement blocks to a Ferrari or putting bikini models in a fridge box.

Prepare yourself; In Scotland I found it standard practice for Fish & Chipperys to cook their chips a whole (5kg) bag at a time, resulting in catastrophic cooling of the oil (which was invariably stale). They were then shovelled into a steam-saturated display case where they wait for the unwary customer, slowly liquefying. Oh god the horror. This was not isolated, I researched far & wide and this seems industry practice.

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Boscolamb mutters...

Posted June 2, 2013

But I wanna know who makes the best onion rings?

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Moko is gonna tell you...

Posted June 2, 2013

Better photo!

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w from brisbane reckons...

Posted June 2, 2013

My daughter said,
"Chips!" Her face took on a dreamy faraway look.
"Carraway Pier. They know their chips! The best."

Carraway Pier, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane. A fish, chips and burger place.

I see the comments on Urbanspoon include
"awesome crunchy chips"
"The best chips and aoli around Brisbane."
"Fantastic chips!"
"the beer battered chips are crisp and addictive."
"The beer battered chips were awesome."
"the (to die for) chips"
"Seriously the BEST chips i've EVER had! "

Seems definitely worth an investigation for serious Brisbane chip fanciers.

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