It Just Has To Be Delicious

Posts tagged ‘seafood’

Fish and Chips in Brisbane

I have two favourite restaurants for fish and chips in Brisbane. I generally don’t find the regular fish and chip shops very inspiring, but there is one in particular that stands out for its freshness and quality. Samie’s near Portside Wharf is very casual, cafe style with a few tables inside and several outside.
Samies Fresh Seafood Market Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The restaurant has it’s own free car park, but if you arrive on a weekend night you will be quizzed by the parking attendant due to the nearby ‘Eat Street Market’ traffic looking for a parking space. Once you are there, you can choose any of the regular fish and chip options – snapper, barramundi, salmon, whiting, prawns along with dips, and salads, We found the coleslaw salad to be very nice. If you want something more substantial you can choose a platter, you can have oysters to start, sashimi, fish pie – there is an endless list of fishy options and specials on the menu. You can also buy seafood to take home and the lovely staff will pin bone and fillet your choices for no extra charge.

20160922_192331

20160922_192334

20160922_192338

If you want to go for something more classy, try Reef at the Gasworks complex in Skyring Terrace. There’s a nice vibe to the environment, a comprehensive bar with lovely oyster shell decor. The tables and chairs are a bit more comfortable and the selection seems to be huge and incredibly fresh. I love the oysters at Reef – they had a variety of reasonably priced South Australian and Tasmanian oysters – delicious with a squeeze of lemon. You can have them cooked kilpatrick etc but I like mine natural.
Reef Seafood and Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
You can also choose one of their signature platters or make up your own fresh shellfish platter from the lobsters, crabs, prawns, bugs etc on display.

20160918_183257

The fish and chip options are wonderfully fresh, the batter is beautifully crispy, and the chips are very tasty and morish.

20160916_194148

Sashimi is also incredibly fresh and beautifully presented.

20160916_194141

 

 

Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Glebe – Sydney

Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay on Urbanspoon

This restaurant is in a lovely location on Blackwattle Bay in Sydney with a view of the Anzac Bridge. We arrived by taxi, but if you want to make a more dramatic entrance, you can arrive by water taxi. Greeted by friendly faces from the moment we walked in, the service was impeccable and the wait staff very knowledgeable about the dishes.

The menu changes daily, and fish/seafood is their speciality.

 

BoathouseBoathouse Boathouse

I had trouble choosing from the menu as the options all sounded so delicious, but in the end I went for a selection of oysters:

oysters

The selection included (clockwise from the lemon) Hastings River, Merimbula Lake, Port Stephen’s Rock, Wallis Lake, Wapengo River and Blackman Bay. My favourite was the Merimbula Lake, but they were all delicious and perfectly presented.

My companion chose seared Hiramasa kingfish with saffron, red peppers, almonds and chorizo. Again, a delicious, well executed dish. Every flavour in the dish was there for a reason and the freshness of the kingfish was apparent.

Kingfish

The restaurant’s speciality is snapper pie, and I saw lots of them being served to other tables. The pie looked very tempting, but is a large portion probably better shared. I ended up choosing the Bass Groper and my companion chose the Blue eye Trevalla served with peas, pancetta, spanner crab and lettuce.

Blue eye Trevalla

Bass groper

We also had a side of brussels sprouts with a slow cooked egg and bacon cream.

Brussels

The main dishes were excellent. My groper was fresh, good quality and tasty, with the beautiful herbs and vegetables complementing the dish perfectly. My companion’s Blue eye Trevalla was equally delicious, and the sprouts were also sumptuous, a very interesting way to serve them.

The restaurant also serves an array of unique cocktails such as this Bourbon and cinnamon based drink.

Bourbon cocktail

I loved the Mescal with spiced pear vodka:

Mescal

Dessert for both of us consisted of Pistachio Cannoli with rhubarb ripple ice cream and salted caramel. A beautifully well presented dessert, just the right amount, and a perfect finish to a fabulous meal.

Pitachio cannoli

Coffee was presented with some little chocolate tart petit fours which were very yummy.

Chocolate caramel tarts

So will I go back to the Boathouse ? Yes absolutely, it is a first class restaurant. I struggled to think of a time when I had been served a better fish dish, and the only comparable meal that I could think of was at Rick Stein’s Seafood restaurant in Padstow. I can’t wait to return – everything was top class- the service, the environment, the ambience and most of all the quality of ingredients, I had a fabulous evening at the Boathouse.

Tag Cloud