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Published January 1st 2017
Feast On Fresh Seafood Without The Seaview
I often feel the urge to eat some fresh seafood (maybe twice a year) but never know where to go. That is, where do they serve legitimate Australian seafood and is it fresh? I'd heard about this institution 'Claypots' in St Kilda for years and tried it for the first time on Saturday for lunch. The day was glorious so off we went to St Kilda.
As you can see above, Claypots is not a white linen 5-star seafood restaurant. It's more of a cafe feel – relaxed and inviting. Inside is quite dark and tables spread either side of the open kitchen. It was sunny 24C day, so I opted to sit in the small pebbled courtyard under a tree.
Don't sit on the table that's next to the door and the huge palm tree. There's this hanging boat that acts as a birds nest. I watched a couple of birds moving around inside this and laughed thinking imagine if one of those birds pooped onto the table of diners below…well, it happened. The table was not happy.
Anyway back to my table. Very nice, I could have been in Spain. In the shade, a glass of wine in hand, complimentary bread and dip served, now, what to order?
The blackboard menu changes daily. The Manager told me they only sell what's in season and what's offered to them in the morning by the sellers. (Very nice) There's plenty to choose from.
When you see the prices next to the menu item it does seem on the higher side but don't be alarmed. One fish dish is easily shared between 2 – 3 people. Know this before you order because you can over order thinking it won't be enough.
I had – Garlic Prawns. The waiter asked how many prawns would I like? I didn't understand until she said $10 per prawn. I choked, then ordered 3. They were the size of mini lobsters. Prawns from Broome. Delicious!