The Inky Squid fish and chippery is tucked away in the plantation style Pavilions Marketplace atop the Tweed Valley hinterland in the lush hills of Terranora. The menu is old school fish and chips with some delicious modern surprises. Since opening in April 2018, The Inky Squid has become a locals’ favourite, and has rightly earned the reputation of “Readers’ Choice Award” in the Australian Good Food Guide for the past two years.
Head Chef at The Inky Squid is Ben Jones (formerly of Taverna, Kingscliff). Welcoming you in front of house is Jessica, whom I first met a few years ago in her role at Husk Distillers, where she did an outstanding job setting up the café food offering. Jess is a warm and wonderful host with a passion for customer comfort and you will no doubt spot her checking-in with diners to ensure they are well fed and satisfied.
A few weeks ago – when the COVID bubble still existed for us Byron Shire folk and we were excluded from crossing the border – Mr GFAF and I decided spontaneously to call in to The Inky Squid and catch up with Jessica. When we couldn’t decide what to order (a good sign!) we took her advice.
We went with a selection that included the Homemade potato scallops – they come in a sweet potato version too. They were thin layers of sliced potato in crunchy batter that were lightly salted and creamy inside.
We couldn’t say no to the Fried Haloumi which were fingers of haloumi cheese made by local cheesemaker (and my favourite Milk Maid) Debra Allard from Cheeses Loves You, battered, fried and drizzled with honey served with a side salad for balance. Ben and Jess are great supporters of local producers and use local ingredients on The Inky Squid menu wherever possible.
How could we go past the signature dish of Lemon Pepper Squid and Seaweed? Little portions of crispy squid served with fried Tasmanian seaweed that tasted like the ocean. A unique dish that was packed with salty, umami moreish flavours. If you only order one dish – this is it.
Being a fish and chippery we thought we better try both, so we sampled the Butterflied crumbed whiting which was delicious and sweet and, of course, we ordered a serve of fries – sea salt or chicken salt – that’s up to you. Other fish options included Grilled hoki, Battered whiting, Beer battered cod and Battered john dory. There’s homemade tartare and aioli too, which are a must.
The Inky Squid also serves Gourmet burgers and sides like Tempura calamari and Homemade crumbed prawns and there are Kids sized meals and Family packs as well.
For dessert – if you have room – there are Shortcrust apple bites, Pineapple fritters and Gelato flavours.
The Inky Squid fish and chippery at Terranora is well worth the drive north or call in if you are heading into or home from Queensland. It’s just a few minutes off the M1. In fact, it would be a great summer outdoor venue for dinner. The Courtyard pavilions catch the sea breeze and on some weekends there is live music and twilight markets to enjoy post fish and chips. Highly recommended!
The Inky Squid Fish & Chippery
The Pavilions Marketplace
Shop 5, 2-14 Henry Lawson Drive
Terranora, NSW 2486
Operating Hours: (NSW TIME)
Tues & Wed: 5-8pm,
Thurs, Fri, Sat 12pm-8pm
Sun 12pm – 7.30pm