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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Doyles at Sydney Fish Markets, Pyrmont

Is there a better Friday lunch than fish and chips at the Sydney Fish Market?

We joined the gaggle of tourists, families, seafood shoppers and business workers in the hustle and bustle of oceanic offerings. Fiery orange-red lobsters, cascading mountains of shiny fresh prawns and soft satin pillows of sashimi tuna and salmon fought for my eye. The oyster-shucking man patiently prised open bivalve after bivalve as the tap ran non-stop. "Touch at own risk" warned the handwritten signs over the live mud crabs trussed up with string.

Oysters kilpatrick, Singapore crab claw and fish fillet

But the takeaway counter at Doyles won us over in the end. B feasted on oysters kilpatrick, fish fillet and a Singapore crab claw. The crab claw looked messy, deep-fried in batter and coated in a sticky honey glaze and sesame seeds. It was eaten clean though, despite the lack of a nutcracker.

Char-grilled barramundi with salad $11.90

Geet chose the healthy option, a grilled barramundi fillet resting on a generous bed of salad.

Doyles famous fish and chips $15.90
Beer-battered south coast flathead (cooked to order)

And me? How could I resist Doyles premier famous fish and chips, beer-battered flat-head from the south coast cooked to order and served with chips.

Today's Catch trumpeted the blackboard sign. Beware of Argentina flathead, beware of cheaper inferior imported fillets elsewhere, it continued.

It didn't take too long to prepare, and within five minutes we were feasting on the jetty aside, watched keenly by sqwawking seagulls and the giant waddling pelicans.

I ate all four fillets of fish, fresh and sweet with the skin reassuringly left on. The batter wasn't particularly beery, and a little oily in parts, but there was plenty of delicious crunch.

Boysenberry and rainbow ice cream $5.00

A conclusion of ice cream (the rainbow tasted of mild vanilla rather than the bubblegum I was expecting) only made our day sweeter.

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Doyles at Sydney Fish Markets
Gipps Street, Pyrmont, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9552 4339

Lunch 7 days 11am-3pm

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 9/29/2007 05:22:00 pm


  • At 9/29/2007 8:39 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I haven't been to the fishmarkets Doyle's (yet!) but I love the Doyle's at Watsons Bay. Their seafood basket is big and packed with a good variety of seafood including prawns and scallops and is only about $15! I'm sure I'm going to have a lot of those this summer hehe

  • At 9/29/2007 11:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I also haven't made it to the fish market Doyle's yet but I love making my Sydney friends trek me over to Doyle's at Watsons Bay when I'm visiting.
    I remember going there as a kid when it was a much smaller restaurant than the modern building they call home now.

  • At 9/30/2007 12:21 am, Blogger Rachel said…

    I love the sydney fish markets! Always somthing for everyone there. A great place to get something to share or have a sticky beak what everyone else hunted and gathered. But you can never go past good ol' battered fish. Coincidentally, I got a bargain seafood platter today ($31.50 enough for 2 with oysters, mussels,bugs, prawns, salt and pepper calamari and battered fish) here in the country at one of our local restaurants! What a surprise. But I digress... doyles is an institution for quality fresh seafood. I have to say that there was nothing Singaporean looking about that crab claw though.

  • At 9/30/2007 10:11 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey.. Helen,
    I've only been to the fish market twice. I'm not too much into fish.. but the oysters and crab claw sure looks yummmmmyyy..!!

  • At 10/02/2007 9:51 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Lorraine - I haven't been to Doyle's at Watsons Bay, so we're even :) And who can ever resist a seafood basket eh?

    Hi Goldie - You should definitely visit the fish markets on your next visit, and pick up plenty of fresh oysters, prawns and sashimi whilst you're there too :)

    Hi Rachel - Aren't the markets great? We usually do a DIY seafood picnic with a couple of Sydney rock oysters, sashimi tuna, Crystal Bay prawns and a crunchy French baguette. Your seafood platter sounds great, and I have to agree with you on the Singapore crab claw too. Not quite what I expected either!

    Hi Mama Bok - I think the fresh seafood is one of the things I miss the most when I'm away from Oz :)


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