Top 5 Seafood Restaurants
It’s an occupational hazard that I get to eat quite a bit of outstanding seafood … and for me, simple is best. Fresh Aussie seafood doesn’t need anything tricky done to it – nor does it need flash surrounds. Here are a few of my favourite casual seafood restaurants in Sydney.
Salmon & Bear, Newtown
Mark Jensen, who loves campfire cooking, sustainable seafood and boutique brews, brings it all together in this Alaskan-log-cabin. Choose a fish to be cooked over the coals, add a sauce and couple of sides (like seriously good corn salad or Asian greens), or go simple beer-battered hoki and chips. Also in Zetland.
North Bondi Fish, Bondi
Whatever Matt Moran turns his hand to is done well … and this casual seafood restaurant tucked underneath North Bondi RSL serves up a delicious dish of clams with fregola and a great touch of chilli that has me licking the plate.
The Fish Shop, Potts Point
I love the beach shack kitsch, buckets of prawns and great selection of wine by the glass – but most of all I love Jeremy Strode’s seafood platter for 2 with all the hot and cold faves including ½lb of cooked prawns with housemade cocktail sauce and those wonderful salted barramundi croquettes.
Watson’s Bay Beach Club, Watson’s Bay
A beach-side table, an Aperol spritz and a plate of salt & pepper squid (made with fresh Aussie loligo squid – none of that frozen imported stuff) is about as good as it gets on a sunny Sydney day.
Galley Foods Eatery, Bobbin Head
Whether you take-away or eat-in at casual tables suspended over Cowan Creek, the beer-battered john dory with chips and housemade tartare sauce here is fresh, crisp and plentiful. Add a cold Coopers beer then a Golden Gaytime for dessert and I’m one happy camper.