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Published January 9th 2017
(by De Costi)
Sydney's love for seafood has spread to visitors, with tourists eager to tick the bucket list item 'eat fish and chips on Bondi Beach'. We love a Christmas barbecue seafood lunch and track prawn prices as closely as drivers watch petrol prices. During summer holidays, you may be lucky enough to catch your own fisher's basket, but you can always pickup a pallet of prawns, swag of salmon or crate of crab at a nearby seafood market.
(by Sydney Fresh Seafood)
Sydney Fish Market – On Bank St, Pyrmont, 6 retailers compete for your dollar, serving alongside seafood restaurants, with Doyle's open for lunch, a deli, butcher, baker, sushi restaurant and bottle shop. Claudio's, winner of the 2015 people's choice seafood excellence award, is open 7 days a week from 6.30am, selling swordfish, dory, trout, scallops and squid. De Costi, also a winner in the 2015 awards, opens at 6am, selling prawns, smoked salmon, octopus and mussels. Don't ignore the competition though – compare the prices, range, quality and service at nearby Christie's, Musumeci, Nicholas and Peter's Seafood. Amongst these stores, you can also select whole fish, calamari, tuna, sashimi and crabs. Each store opens at 6 – 6.30am, closing between 4pm – 5pm (although as Christmas approaches, the 36-hour marathon sees long queues of locals at all hours, eager to drown their dining tables in seafood. Parking can be a hassle, with fees starting at $3. You can also catch the light rail from Central Station, the 501 from North Sydney, the 389 bus from Ultimo or show off by mooring your private yacht at the landing pontoon.
Sydney Fresh Seafood – Owned and run by 3 generations of a Greek Cypriot family, SFS stocks a range of seafood, including Spring Bay mussels and Huon salmon from Tasmania and Cone Bay barramundi from the tip of north Western Australia. They have 4 stores in Sydney – Drummoyne in the Victoria Rd Harris Farm Markets, Potts Point in the Village Centre, Manly on Pittwater Rd and Wetherill Park on the Horsley Drive.
Faros Brothers – At 34 Buckley St, Marrickville, just behind Sydenham Station, the simple brick building could be easily missed except for the long queues hinting that the Faros seafood local secret is out. Selling prawns, lobster, scallops, mussels (amusingly misspelt on the rooftop sign), calamari, oysters and fillets, they open from 7am – 6pm weekdays, 7am – 5pm Saturday and 8am – 5pm Sunday. You can also call on (02) 9519 3785.
The Gourmet – For many, it's worth enduring the traffic, parking hassles and queues in the search for seafood. There's always an online alternative though. The Gourmet offers seafood, meat, fruit, veg, pantry items, beer, wine and spirits from award-winning retailers throughout Sydney. The seafood is sourced from Christie's in Pyrmont, offering everything from oysters, octopus and mussels to prawns, salmon, lobster and crab. Delivery is $10 and items are packed in ice for freshness.
Where is your favourite place to find fish? Please let us know with a comment.
If you like your fish still swimming just before you buy them, I've tried the fishmongers in Chatswood (just outside New Yen Yen Supermarket in Help St), Willoughby Seafood (Penshurst St), Eastwood, Carlingford and of cuz Cabramatta. All good (taste, price, variety).
Auburn Fish Markets, 118 South Parade, Auburn. Right opp the Railway Station. The greatest seafood outlet in the West. For prawns, oysters and all manners of fish, all reasonably priced. Can be chaotic and open 7 days, including Christmas Day.