I have to eat gluten free, so I will throw my 2c worth in. I have found that the best fish and chips I have eaten at in a while (granted there is not a lot of competition) is in Tooradin. Boardwalk is their name. They cook in rice bran oil and it is as crispy and the fish is as yum as what I remember “real” fish and chips to be. There is another place in Aspendale who I used to use, but their fish and batter to me are inferior. The fish would was crumbed and would probably crack the concrete if you dropped it. It is not bad, but Tooradin’s is like what I remember batter to be like in terms of taste (though possibly better) and maybe even crispier. They also do non GF F&C as well. I reckon rice bran oil may really help in the cooking of anything.
Perhaps even better than Tooradin F&C was one in Ballarat. Not sure where it was, what it was called but they did superb GF F&C. It was in about 2009 when Victory hosted Gamba Osaka in an ACL game and lost 4-2. Probably pretty similar to Tooradin’s F&C but it was the first time I had F&C like it (ie different to Aspendale’s) so perhaps I am looking at it with rose coloured glasses.
On the plus side they have an assortment of GF delicacies such as milkshakes, and sweets.
I love a good burger too and they do it well. Even though GF rolls come in behind ‘normal’ rolls in terms of staying together.