With spectacular waterfront dining locations, Sydney claims to be Australia’s fine dining capital. No doubt it's one of the best places to indulge in fresh seafood. Sydney has got a host of hot seafood joints where quality and sustainability are incomparable. Whether in the heart of the city or along the shore, Sydney has a great deal to offer when it comes to seafood.
Here’s our ‘pick-of-the-litter’:
Nick’s Seafood Restaurant in Darling Harbour, combines excellent seafood with a stunning view. With an average main costing $40, Nick’s has many signature dishes, including the grilled baby barramundi, calamari, and fresh lobster mornay and includes both casual and fine dining options. While the interior is swankier, the patio along the water is casual and often requires a reservation for its popularity. For those visiting Sydney Harbour by boat, Nick’s offers delivery straight to your deck.
Looking for a great seafood platter in Sydney, Nick’s is the place. It has got a selection of cold and hot seafood, including blue swimmer crabs, prawns, salmon, catch of the day fish with a lot of chips. With an assortment of beer, exotic wine and signature cocktails to wash it down, Nick’s is the perfect place to end the day along the harbour.
Blue Fish claims to have the best fish and chips in Australia and a range of every martini that you can imagine. There are almost 39 of them, prices starting from $14 - cucumber and mint, salt and pepper, nectarine and honey, chocolate, kiwi and basil, blood orange, ginger, aniseed, espresso, butterscotch and what not. They even have a Chili Oyster Martini, but only if you can stomach it. It's nearby to the Maritime Museum. I prefer to sit outdoors with a stunning view, among the tourists and school holiday families & I must say, it feels like I'm on holidays, too.
All of their dishes are cleverly priced from $19.90 - $42.50 for the mains. Their specialties are seafood paella, a snack-sized bucket of king prawns with beer Surf 'n' Turf and Crab and prawn tortellini with smoked chipotle butter sauce and fresh and perfectly light caviar. The fish of the fish and chips comes on a bed of crispy chips is very juicy and lightly crumbed.
Looking for a fancy seafood restaurant in the heart of Sydney, then your search will end no further than ‘Rockpool’. Located in the central business district of Sydney, Rockpool has earned its reputation as one of the best seafood experiences in Sydney. They play a little differently here with the menu. Dinner serves a customary menu of 8 to 10 courses, with a typical price of $150. A 3 course lunch will also run you $75 per person.
If you want a little less formal, try their bar and grill with an a la carte menu. A bit pricey, but in my opinion, very much worth a try. Moreover, Rockpool often plays host to the famed and the celebrated in Sydney. So be ready to bump into someone internationally popular. Between exquisite dishes, excellent service and famous faces, it is easy to see why Rockpool make the list.
Want to try something new? Orso Bayside restaurant is a perfect new experience in terms of location, layout, and the dishes served.
Just across the Bridge, Orso has a fabulous balcony overseeing the water with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Outstanding views of the waves adds to a unique culinary experience. Orso strongly focus on European, Italian, and Mediterranean seafood. Some of their fortes include Tasmanian salmon with crab, wild barramundi fillet steamed in a paper bag, prawn tortellini, and their deservedly famous seafood platter.
Three words to describe Mohr Fish; Gentle, humble, fresh. Being focused on the freshness of the food they serve, Mohr Fish specializes in excellent seafood lunches. They also serve dinner though. Located in Surry Hill, their forte is good old fashion dishes, done really well. If you want good take away fish 'n chips, this is the place.
Mohr Fish focus on perfecting the basics rather than trying to be fancy. Some of their specialties include beer battered flathead, steamed mussels, prawn and fish dumplings. Main meals will cost you from $10 to $20. In terms of seating, since Mohr only offers four tables, most people find themselves ordering in and taking out. However, if you do happen to grab a seat, then take your time to enjoy the experience.
Whether you want authentic Australian seafood or an assortment of flavors from around the globe, with celebrity chefs around, Sydney has certainly got you covered.