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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Sydney Fish Market, Pyrmont

Fishmongers in action
Claudio's at the Sydney Fish Market

The Sydney Fish Market have always been a favourite foodie haunt of mine. Often we're here for only a quick dive through the shops; just long enough to secure some fresh salmon or live sea urchin for home-made sushi, or perhaps some tentacled friends for sticky chilli baby octopus.

Even better, though, is when we head to the fish market as a destination in itself. Time to browse and admire the iced-up treasures of the sea; watch the oyster shuckers prise open dozen-upon-dozen of reluctant molluscs; and end our tour with our own selection of goodies from Neptune's buffet.

Happy lunchers feasting on fresh seafood, fish and plenty of chips

Even though the skies were a little ominous today, the sun was out, the seagulls were circling and AG was excited at the prospect of lunch.

Whenever we lunch at the fish market, sashimi is usually part of the deal. With most fish unpacked that morning from fishing trawlers, you can't get fresher, firmer, sweeter fish than here. Bypassing the sushi bar, we go straight to the source and select our salmon or tuna fillet of choice, to be sliced there and then into delicate mouthfuls and placed on a takeaway tray with a pot of wasabi soy.

Atlantic salmon, yellowfin tuna and hiramasa kingfish
ready-filleted for sashimi

When hunting down my lunch, I usually find it hard to resist good ol' fish and chips. There is something about sitting by the water's edge that inexplicably demands the consumption of battered fish with crispy golden chips. Today, though, my attention was diverted by this sign:

Peter's Lunch Special:
Dory fillets with chips, salad and drink for $9.90

And so I could do little to resist and joined the queue...

The hungry queue drools expectantly at Peter's
(or was that just me?)

Lately, because of the tedious wait involved in tracking down a spare table on the wharf, we tend to head across the road to Wentworth Park, balancing food in one hand and drink in the other, for a leisurely lunch on the grass as we bask in the sunshine.

Grilled dory fillets with salad and chips and can of soft drink $9.90
(from Peter's Fish Market Grill)

Yellow fin tuna ($62.95/kg) and
Atlantic salmon ($39.95/kg) sashimi with wasabi soy
(from Claudio's Quality Seafoods)
Pictured is 92g of tuna ($5.80) and 280g of salmon ($11.20)
for a total cost of $18.00 ($1 for the wasabi soy)

We gobbled our fish and chips whilst they were still hot and then rubbed our distending bellies before proceeding with the sashimi. We shared the sashimi amongst four people and still struggled to finish it.

The dory was extremely tasty and I was actually quite impressed. The fish was cooked to order and although it did appear a little more on the fried side of grilled, the flesh itself was moist, tender and soft as a pillow. The chips were gobbled with glee and the mere presence of the salad made my whole meal seem that much healthier =)

Everyone oohed, aahed and sighed over the delightful sashimi as well. Firm, fresh, smooth and oh-so-tasty, it's moments like these I am so glad I live in Sydney!

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Sydney Fish Market
Bank Street, Pyrmont
Tel: +61 (02) 9004 1100
Open every day (except Christmas Day) from 7.00am

This has been included as an Intrepid Eat on Grab Your Fork's Top 10 Sydney Eats for Tourists. Read the entire list here.

Claudio's Quality Seafoods
Tel: 02 9660 5188
Open 7 am - 4 pm daily

Peters Fish Market
Tel: 02 9552 2555
Open 7 am - 4 pm daily

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This post forms part of the Dine & Dish #4 challenge where my day's meals cost less than AU$40 / US$30. You can also check out what I propose for breakfast and dinner.
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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 8/20/2005 07:34:00 pm


  • At 8/20/2005 9:38 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Im going to have to keep coming back here to find good places to take my Canadian boy too seeing as he will be here on Friday. I plan on lots of outings for good eating.
    Got a link to good Italian?

  • At 8/21/2005 12:08 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Amanda - Great to see you here! =) And consolations on the enforced name change debacle =(

    I've got my Italian feeds-so-far filed under "All Restaurants By Cuisine". I really liked Astral but that's more modern Italian (altho' a sensational view and great service). I loved my pappardelle with king prawns at Alio.

    For a cheap low-fuss local eat, there's La Disfida and Napoli in Boca in Haberfield as well (and gelato, pastries, Pasticerria Papa ricotta cheesecake and Colefax chocolates as well!)

    As for your maple leafer, the latest 50 foodie things to do in Sydney compiled by the SMH is a great place to start.

    Have a fab time. And happy eating! =)

  • At 8/21/2005 1:04 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Is the Atlantic salmon that you get in Oz, from the atlantic coast, itself, or the type we get here in Hawaii, which is actually salmon-stock imported from the atlantic coast however, farm-raised in the Pacific coast?

  • At 8/21/2005 2:39 am, Blogger tara said…

    Gorgeous looking fish, and it looks like a beautiful setting. There really is some romance to the idea of fish and chips by the sea!

  • At 8/21/2005 2:47 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous! :) There is nothing quite like fresh seafood and there's no better way to enjoy fresh fish like sashimi. I could practically live on that stuff, if it wern't so expensive :)

  • At 8/21/2005 2:56 am, Blogger Joycelyn said…

    hi ag, what a feast for the senses! i love visiting fish markets too - there's no lovelier way to get acquainted with the best seafood to be had...thanks for the insider tips. now know what to look out for if i visit the sydney fish markets...

  • At 8/21/2005 11:40 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi ronwaikiki - Our Atlantic salmon is salmon stock farm-raised in Tasmania and, more recently, South Australia. I suppose it is a bit of a misnomer but *sigh* consumer recognition is everything these days isn't it?

    Hi tara - I love seafood, and I agree, fish and chips by the sea tastes so much better. Sqwawking of seagulls and crashing waves optional =)

    Hi ChubbyCat - Aboslutely. I feel sorry for people who don't like seafood. They are missing out on so much!

    Sashimi is wonderful. So fresh. So tasty. So goooood. We are indeed lucky in Sydney that seafood and sashimi is relatively inexpensive. I count my blessing every day =)

    Hi J - If you ever need a tour guide, let me know! And if you visit the fish markets, you definitely have to have some Sydney Rock Oysters as well!

  • At 8/23/2005 8:09 pm, Blogger keiko said…

    Hi AugustusGloop - they look wonderful, I'd love to visit there one day (I really miss fresh seafood here in the UK...)

  • At 8/23/2005 8:45 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Keiko - You have my sincere condolences! I remember craving seafood when I was there. Fresh tasty prawns and oysters-- not to mention sashimi-- were like a distant memory!

  • At 9/14/2009 7:59 pm, Blogger Unknown said…

    My favourite here is the half lobster mornay you can buy at a few vendors .. decadence !

  • At 9/15/2009 12:59 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Peter - I'm not a huge fan of lobster mornay (why cover great seafood with cheesy sauce) but I agree that the fish market is probably one of best (and cheapest) place to get it!

  • At 8/05/2012 2:01 pm, Anonymous thehomefoodcook said…

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