Top 5 Seafood Restaurants in Sydney
Love seafood? You’ve come to the right place! Sydney is arguably the best seafood city in the world – freshness, diversity and smart chefs that know how to treat it right! Most of our top restaurants have seafood-heavy menus showcasing the great produce that’s caught locally and arrives by road and air from all over Australia. But we’re especially blessed with a few dedicated restaurants that make seafood their almost-exclusive focus. Here’s five seafood restaurants in Sydney you must try for some of the world’s finest seafood, innovatively prepared without compromising its pure, fresh flavour.
Ormeggio 2.0 Mosman
Alessandro Pavoni’s seafood-focused reinvention of his Middle Harbour fine diner is the restaurant Sydney’s been waiting for without even knowing it! I love the Italian Riviera vibe and simple yet inspired dishes. Some, like charcoal-grilled bugs wrapped in piadina with crustacean emulsion and anchovy butter, are served tableside for a touch of theatre. The theatre continues at the gelato bar where every creation is a work of art! Great wines by the glass too!
Flying Fish Pyrmont
The move to The Star and appointment of ex-Rockpool chef Peter Robertson have taken things at this enduring seafood favourite up a notch! Freshness and flavour pop in ginger & turmeric dressing on shucked-to-order oysters, Asian-inspired tuna tartare, and grilled marron with earthy black pepper sauce & delicious Filipino coconut bread.
Saint Peter Paddington
Who doesn’t love this tiny, exposed sandstone restaurant where fish whisperer Josh Niland brings out the best in every species with his light touch and thoughtful pairings. Deep-fried prawns, seared bonito with quandong and peas, and the best sardines on toast ever! There’s the Fish Butchery a few doors down too.
Cirrus Dining Barangaroo
Brent Savage’s creative combos take seafood to the next level – whether it’s charred Fremantle octopus with yellow pepper, olive, chorizo and crisp rice; roasted prawns in house-made XO sauce; or boned-out whole flathead for fancy fish’n’chips. Add Nick Hildebrandt’s superb wine pairings and I’m in heaven!
Whatever grabs David Coumont’s attention at Sydney Fish Market determines his daily menu. Beer blinis with raw spot prawns; seared bonito with cucumber and kohlrabi; and yellowbelly flounder in caper & dill sauce, are matched by wife, Helen Diab’s, thoughtful wine selections. The 8-course $95 degustation is great value.
Updated 22 Aug 2020