One of a family of four fabulous dining venues, this is my favourite Nick Manettas restaurant, on Cockle Bay Wharf at Darling Harbour. They just seem to get it right every time by serving the freshest seafood without fuss and with the minimum of embellishment. You won't find "Asian Fusion" here, molecular gastronomy or other food fads. Nick's has mostly stuck to a simple display of the freshest produce from Sydney waters.
The first thing you notice, just before they show you to your seat is the huge display cabinet, packed with ice and whopping big (already deceased) lobsters. This suits me fine, as I've never been a fan of those live tanks where they pluck out your flailing unsuspecting dinner before your very eyes. But that's just me. I've had the lobster at Nick's and it's superb.
At lunch the other day, I chose a whole grilled snapper. It came just as I ordered it - large as life and naked, except for a slice of lemon. And it was delicious. As you glance around, you see busy waiters scurrying to tables with surf and turf plates featuring a succulent prawn lounging suggestively on top of a grilled steak. You can hear the oooh's and ahhh's when they cart out the famous Nick's seafood platter - a daunting tower of every kind of fresh and fried seafood you can imagine.
Nick's couldn't be in a better location. Outside on the promenade, posh cruisers are shunting around Cockle Bay Marina and if you happen to own or hire one of them, just slide into one of the berths and Nick's will be only too happy to bring you one of those platters or anything else you'd like.
Nick's also has an impressive wine list and the cocktails are pretty good too!
I've never been too worried about paying good money for good food and Nick's isn't cheap. However when you combine the location, the fantastic service and the food, it's a dining experience that will satisfy you every time.