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Seafood, Australian
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Dinner, Lunch
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Television, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 4 April 2022

Unhygienic! My husband and I approached the affiliated fish and chip shop on hardy rd late sunday afternoon 3/4/22 to order takeaway and a female staff member was smoking in the kitchen! Will never go back again to either establishment and considering contacting the health...department.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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adambrand, Owner at Balaclava Fish, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2022

Hi Victoria, The hardy Rd store has now been a separate entity since I sold it last October. My understanding is that the new owners are awaiting signage.this is absolutely disgusting and in no way a reflection on my earlville store.i know what I would...More

Reviewed 14 October 2021 via mobile

What great value for money, excellent service and a great couple running it So fresh, we have been going there for a couple of years and it’s stayed the same not bad for cairns Hope the had a couple of cold beers when they finished...as their kitchen is really hot and smoky but a sign of how busy they are Thank you GaryMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 3 October 2021

I am completely honest in saying this was the best fish Burger I have ever had. The fish was cooked to perfection, the ingredients fresh and the quality was just second to none. You can tell these guys love what they do! Amazing. Thankyou so...much! We'll be back again!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 5 August 2021 via mobile

We get takeaway from here every couple of weeks. The fish is superb and the portions disturbingly generous for us. Standard order each time is 1 battered and 1 crumbed coral trout with small serve of chips, ordinary salt...but we're not typical eaters when it...comes to quantities so you may want to go up a size with the chips. Order early if it's Friday night as they are flat out.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 27 December 2020

Try the crumbed Coral Trout and Chips. Simply the best cooked seafood ever. The team work hard to deliver great food well priced. I have been eating dinner from there most Friday nights and it never disappoints...

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 17 December 2020 via mobile

We often enjoy fish and chips from Balaclava Fish and it is always amazing. Last night ordered crumbed, grilled and battered Fish as well as Calamari and chips for our extended family of 14 people, every single piece was perfect, and cooked right on the...time we requested. Wonderful friendly service and affordable. Our whole group raved about the delicious and fresh meal. Thanks so much guys!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 3 June 2020

A small unassuming shop in an “off the main road” location, they offer a very limited menu but this no doubt helps them offer up the best quality food in generous serves. Pricing is good. They are super popular so best you ring and order...a couple of hours before you wish to pick up your feast.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed 6 March 2020 via mobile

Kind of out of the way and out of sight if ur not local local, Balaclava Fish won the Cairns Best Fish and Chips award last year, and they’re working hard to hold on to the title. Beautiful Spanish Mackeral and Barramundi which are the...local fish up here, crumbed is the Queensland way, not battered although available if that’s your preference. Great chips are a feature, and now offering flake fish for the southerners and the English, a rare offering up in far North Queensland. Say g’day to Adam and the hardworking team at Balaclava Fish.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 25 October 2019 via mobile

It doesn’t look like much from the outside but oh my gosh! The food was soooo good! We had battered barramundi with chips, chicken schnitzel burger with bacon and cheese and a pineapple fritter. The batter was light and crisp, almost like a tempura batter,...a perfect complement to the flaky barramundi. The chicken was also battered then topped with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato and beets. So messy but so delicious. The portions were huge (we took half home) and the prices ridiculously low. The final topper was the pineapple fritter - a juicy ring of fresh pineapple battered and fried then lightly dusted with cinnamon sugar. My only caveat is go early, they run out of things (they were out of burgers and steak when we went, but the chicken was great.) highly recommended!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 13 October 2019 via mobile

We drove from our resort because of the trip advisor review. Shouldn’t have bothered ... no chicken, no fish left, no drinks in the fridge hardly at all. Not worth the trouble of driving there.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 15 September 2019 via mobile

I have never eaten here and went there last week and there fryer was broken but tonight had no issue $9.00 for a freshly cooked piece of mackerel or coral trout we got a mackerel and chips and one of the packs which had fish,...chips , prawns and squid $33.00 for the lot, everything was cooked fresh including the prawns and squid so nice they ask you how you want the fish cooked ‘crumbled, battered etc. very good size portions and good value. Will be back.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 14 September 2019

Only three people on and working very hard. Food was excellent and very quick considering. Spent my usual amount and had lots of left overs. Highly recommended

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 15 July 2019

We are from Canada and were in Cairnes for a few days of exploring ... found this place via TripAdvisor and decided to give it a shot. When we pulled in my wife didn't think we should go in (it's a small operation in a...strip mall). We stuck around and were not disappointed. There were five of us (two parents with three adult children) and we ordered two of the meals for two (included fish, prawn, calamari). The portions were amazing and the quality was top notch. The fish was fresh and had a nice light batter. As we sat at the front, we watched person after person enter and the phone was rarely silent for more than a minute. That seemed to be a testimony to how people in the community liked this place!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 26 April 2019

Crumbed coral trout - Yum Hamburgers with the lot - Yum Chips - Yum Crumbed Prawns - Yum Love this gem - ring your order in ahead

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 23 February 2019

Of having fish and chips in the USA, Britain, this small shop on Balaclava Road in Earlville section of Cairns, Australia wins hands down! Everyone else should learn from these folks I'm an American visiting Australia :)

Date of visit: February 2019
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Balaclava Fish is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5