Top 5 Casual Seafood Spots
It’s an occupational hazard that I 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 five of my favourite casual spots for great seafood.
Salmon & Bear, Zetland & Crows Nest
Mark Jensen loves campfire cooking, sustainable seafood and boutique brews, and brings it all together in this Alaskan-log-cabin. Choose a fish to be cooked over coals, add a sauce and sides (like roasted carrots with miso butter), or go simple beer-battered hoki & chips, taco, burger or poke.
North Bondi Fish, Bondi
Matt Moran’s bustling seafood spot overlooking Bondi Beach (underneath North Bondi RSL) is perfect for a snack (think crumbed whiting sangas and fish tacos with cabbage & mango hot sauce) or something more substantial like spanner crab strozzapreti with cherry tomatoes, garlic & chilli!
Molo Bar, Woolloomooloo
Sydney has a real affinity with southern Italian fare, it suits the way we live. Sharing a glass of wine with friends at a waterside table, some bread and olives, a little fritto misto and grilled octopus … that’s Italy, and also this bustling little bar on Woolloomooloo wharf.
I love Jose Silva’s cooking, from fine-dining Guillaume to my fave wine bar Bibo, so no surprise I also love this casual seafood café around the corner from his Portuguese patisserie, Sweet Belem. Ceviche and tacos are especially good, BEST potato scallops ever and good wines by the glass!
Lifeboat Seafood, Brooklyn
Lunch here is like stepping back in time to childhood summer holidays. Generous serves of fresh Hawkesbury River seafood, simply prepared with great salad, sauces and chips. Add the self-serve wine fridge with some respectable drops and relaxed outdoor seating and I’m one happy camper.
Updated 31 Dec 2019