From oysters, to crabs, to octopus, and ceviche, Sydney is welcoming an avalanche of seafood dining that is turning our run of the mill beer battered fillet on its head. A shift of focus onto seafood sustainability has encouraged restaurants to reconsider our relationship with the sea, but fear not, the accomplished chefs behind all of these venues would never sacrifice flavour. Below are our pick of Sydney’s best places to frequent if seafood binging is high on your agenda (it should be).
Enjoy one of the most scenic views of Sydney Harbour from the comfort of dining destination Empire Lounge. With a focus on Modern Australian cuisine, the Empire Lounge is known for its locally-sourced seafood. Flown in fresh by seaplane, the Appellation oysters are a must-try. And if you have started with the oysters, it is only fair to continue the feast with their decadent seafood platter, and a glass or two of French bubbles.
Lyne Park, Rose Bay
With an irresistible seafood offering and views across Bondi to match, North Bondi Fish is a must for lovers of all things fish. The relaxed space is the epitome of coastal chic, with timber furniture and pastel hues setting the tone for an ocean-centric meal. Rock oysters and the tuna tartare will get things rolling in time for the lemongrass fish curry.
120 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi
Considered one of Sydney’s most acclaimed seafood restaurants, Flying Fish’s menu changes with the seasons and consistently provides a refreshing take on seafood. Get things started with Appellation oysters and prawn toast, before warming things up with the crisp-skinned snapper. The seafood platter is outstanding, and the passionfruit parfait is a must.
Level G, Harbourside, The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
A deep respect for the sea is apparent in every detail of this restaurant. Love.fish has set up shop in the ever-sleek Barangaroo precinct and strives to make sustainability a core philosophy of the business. With views over the Harbour and boasting an elegant alfresco seating area, you can make your way through the extensive menu at leisure. The mooloolaba albacore tuna crudo and mout cook alpine salmon pastrami go down perfectly with a crisp glass of Riesling.
7/23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
From the duo behind Bentley Restaurant + Bar, Monopole and Yellow, Brent Savage and Sommelier Nick Hildebrandt deliver the new standard for seafood dining in the freshly completed Barangaroo precinct. Sustainable and line caught seafood is the backbone of the restaurant, inspired by its harbourside location and turned out clientele, the dishes delivered by Cirrus are unparalleled. We’d start with the Mooloolaba scallop, and the miso Moreton Bay bug would be an outstanding follow up though it would be tricky to resist the southern lobster with salted egg yolk bisque.
10/23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
One of Sydney’s buzziest new restaurants, Saint Peter brings an inventive approach to seafood a thoughtful menu that changes as the catch does – it’s only natural. The menu, however, brings some fairly delectable options to the table, so to speak, and exemplifies their focus on letting the quality of the produce stand alone. And the commitment of owners Josh and Julie Niland’s to offering sustainable seafood makes for a refreshingly thoughtful dining experience.
362 Oxford Street, Paddington
Bringing oysters down to earth, the Morrison Bay & Oyster Room makes light work of accessibly and delectable seafood. Every Wednesday between 6pm and 7pm, you can score $1.50 oysters from their incredible Oyster Bar. Be sure to consult the ‘Oyster Library’ before ordering, with an extensive range of the shellfish from across Australia, you can read up on every variety and be sure to find a favourite (or ten) to add to your weekly seafood hit.
225 George Street, Sydney
This restaurant at the tip of the Northern Beaches is a notable player on Sydney’s seafood dining scene. With unrivalled views over Whale Beach, you’re invited to indulge in a three-course meal of some of Sydney’s most inventive seafood fare on offer. The Moreton Bay bugs, with celeriac, finger lime, bisque bechamel and chilli is utterly delicious and the wild caight fish is a favourite.
69 Bynya Road, Palm Beach
Having served their devoted clientele for over 20 years, it’s widely known fact that the team behind Mohr Fish in Surry Hills knows how to push all the right seafood buttons. While there is a substantial takeaway offering, sitting in at the wine bar and mulling over the specials of the day is a much better decision – categorically. Renowned for their moreish bouillabaisse soup, an entrée portion at the very least is non-negotiable, while the salt and pepper squid and the Sichuan pepper softshell crab are also excellent starter options.
202 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills
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