The Perfect Catch: Sydney’s 7 Best Fishmongers
Sydneysiders are no stranger to seafood feasts. Thanks to our coastal location, we’re a piscatorial paradise with access to some of the most amazing seafood in the world. But it’s our fishmongers who deserve the credit: the wholesalers and retailers who are trained in selecting, handling, boning and selling us the best, freshest fish possible. From calamari, crab, clams and pippies to fish fillets and beautifully juicy prawns, they work behind the scenes to hook us up with the perfect catch, every time.
Next time you’re in the mood for seafood (or stocking up for Christmas lunch), head straight to one of Sydney’s top fishmongers.
For special occasions and entertaining, Nicholas Online provides a high-class seafood experience. Their range of gourmet oyster, prawn, sashimi and seafood platters will arrive at your door in a temperature-controlled package. Each order is shucked and peeled containing fresh citrus, salt and pepper, citrus hand wipes and a menu informing you on the origin and species of what you’re serving.
This fresh fish market is all about locally and sustainably caught seafood. You can dine in at the restaurant, or choose to do it yourself with fish that’s sourced fresh from the markets every morning. If you need inspiration, just check out Bondi Best’s menu, which is brimming wish delicious dishes such as soft shell crab, yellowfin tuna tartare, prawn san choy bow, miso-marinated whole fish and crispy-skinned salmon.
Shop 1, 39-53 Campbell Parade, North Bondi
The largest fish market this side of the equator, this seafood mecca is a one-stop-shop of the city’s best fishmongers, including Christie’s, De Costi, Musumeci, Peter’s and Claudio’s Seafoods. Each retailer plucks the freshest fish from the sea to deliver it to your plate, making the market the place to go for snapper, octopus, prawns and everything in between.
Bank Street & Pyrmont Bridge Road, Sydney
Get Fish, an online seafood delivery service, sources produce from DeCosti Seafoods at the Fish Markets and deliver to your door. Instead of heading to the fishmonger, browse their website of over 100 seafood products, place an order online and enjoy a seafood dinner the next day. Make sure to take a look at their recipe suggestions and weekly specials for #inspo.
Don’t have time to go to the seafood market? Manettas is an online outlet run by Peter Manettas, who spent his childhood watching fish being prepared at his dad’s restaurant, Nick’s Seafood. The fishmonger sources high-quality seafood from around Australia, and the range is extensive: think fish cutlets, prawns, lobsters, bugs, shellfish, sashimi and even caviar. Manettas also sells the sauces and condiments to jazz up your meal – just place your order before midnight for next-day delivery!
For ‘the finest fish out of water,’ sail into this market-style seafood shop. Run by a family of fishmongers (now in its third generation), the shop sources sustainable, locally-caught seafood where possible, and has strong relationships with the top Australian producers. On any given day, you might score Huon salmon from Tasmania, Spring Bay mussels and Cone Bay barramundi.
Drummoyne, Potts Point, Manly, Wetherill Park, Bowral and Orange
This seafood wholesaler is at the top of its game – just ask the regulars waiting in line. The produce is as fresh as it gets, and the team of fishmongers are on hand to cut, clean and fillet your fish in front of your eyes, as well as offer advice if you need it. Take it from us, wear closed shoes (it’s an authentic fish market, so don’t look at the floor!), and go early to beat the crowd, and load up on prawns and oysters at competitive prices.
34 Buckley Street, Marrickville