The Ocean's Basket staff front row, from left; Tamzyn Martlew, Demaine 'Dee' Els, Maranda Moffat, back row, from left; Baylee Schutt and Shirley Sharpe.
The Ocean's Basket staff front row, from left; Tamzyn Martlew, Demaine 'Dee' Els, Maranda Moffat, back row, from left; Baylee Schutt and Shirley Sharpe. Angela Seng

Long-awaited takeaway shop opens in Bucasia

DEE ELS opened the doors to Ocean's Basket for the first time on Saturday.

The new fish and chip shop at the Hibiscus Shopping Centre, Bucasia sold its first item - a fish burger just after they opened at 4am.

"We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, the hotbox - oh, and we sell bait," Ms Els said.

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"It wasn't the plan to open on election day but I think it's been a good thing - we've had a lot of customers already this morning."

It's clear to see Ms Els is focussed on the details after one of the new employees, Shirley Sharpe, brings out two different types of chips to sample.

"That's plain cut and that's super crunch," she points to each one accordingly, "but we also do the beer-batter as well, so people have a variety".

Ms Els said she was overwhelmed with the community support in the Northern Beaches.

"We've had a fantastic amount of support on social media and just people stopping round to say they were excited to see us finally open," he said.

The other business owners have shown encouragement, too.

"They've all come in and said 'hello'. Everybody in the complex is excited about our opening because we've got some exciting things coming up," Ms Els said.

"For example, we've decided once a month we're going to have a live band in the courtyard and we're going to get all the tenants involved."

And in case you were wondering, this journalist can confirm - Ocean's Baskets chips are super crunchy and delicious.