Taken away by Best of Wellington
In our 2012 Best of Wellington poll Capital Times readers voted the Aro Street takeaway as Wellington’s finest provider of fish and chips in our Best of Wellington readers’ poll. The shop has been popular with readers for many years, featuring in our Best of Wellington poll since 2006, and last year came second to this year’s second place winner Wellington Seafood Market on Cuba Street.
“The secret is simple,” says Stephen. “Fresh fish, fresh potatoes and consistency.”
Stephen and his wife Ina came to Wellington from Medan in northern Indonesia in the late 1960s. Over the years the couple have owned several small businesses in the city, including at one time a dairy in Khandallah, before they took over Aro Street Fish Supply 18 years ago.
“It’s a hard job,” says Ina. “We work long hours, six days a week, but that’s just what you have to do in this business.”
Ina says the hardest job is preparing the chips. Each week 800 kilos of potatoes are peeled and cut, all by hand, then precooked to ensure the chips are tender and crisp on their final cooking. The chips taste great, the perfect accompaniment to a delicious crumbed tarakihi fillet.
Another consistent Best of Wellington winner has been Trisha’s Pies, voted the Capital’s best pie maker over several years. Also a family business, Trisha’s Pies is owned by the Ly family, originally from Cambodia, who bought the business two years ago. The family runs two shops, on Cambridge Terrace and in Kilbirnie.
“We just keep doing the same thing, and it seems to work,” says family member Tom Ly.
He says fresh ingredients and their special pastry are what make Trisha’s pies the ones to beat. And while Trisha’s offers more than 20 varieties it appears we’re not too adventurous when it comes to our pies. Steak and cheese is still the top seller.