In the midst of summer holidays, Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba is usually abuzz with excited families clutching their beach towels, melting ice-creams and paper-wrapped parcels of greasy fish and chips, as they make their way down to the cool surf of Mooloolaba Beach or gearing up for off-shore fishing. So you'd be forgiven for thinking the place isn't home to a fine dining establishment. But think again. Fish on Parkyn sits perched on the Parade, with the crisp white linen tablecloths and sparkling glasswear adding a welcoming and relaxing contrast to the pedestrian hustle and bustle, and a perfect chance to sit back and people-watch while sipping on a cold Sauv Blanc. Fish on Parkyn is open seven days a week, for lunch and dinner, offering up a unique modern Australian menu centred around the fresh seafood available at Mooloolaba's doorstep.
Craving some of Mooloolaba's finest, my partner and I chose to dine on a Friday night (having previous made a reservation, which is recommended on most nights to avoid disappointment). We were promptly met at the entrance and shown to our table, where the excellent service continued throughout the evening.
Entree Platter including Spanner Crab spring rolls, parmesan-crusted oysters, and ocean trout potato cakes
Entrees started at around $18, with some house favourites including the Seafood Chowder served with bruschetta ($18.90) and the Spanner Crab Piklets ($19.90). On this particular night, we found the entree specials menu too hard to refuse, so I opted for the Entree Platter ($26) featuring a mouthwatering selection of tasters.This platter was almost a main meal in itself.
My partner chose the classic half-dozen Oysters Kilpatrick ($20) which were fresh, huge and very tempting. Luckily my partner was happy to trade me one for one of my parmesan-crusted options, because both were equally delicious.
For our mains we both decided on the BBQ Seafood Plate ($37.50), featuring Moreton bay bug, Mooloolaba prawns, barbequed Huon salmon, Hervey bay scallops and chunky fries. The meal was generous, fresh and perfectly cooked. The menu didn't mention the plate came with a delicious citrus coleslaw, which perfectly complimented the seafood. When dining here, no additional side orders are necessary. In fact, you may want to even consider loosening your belt a notch or two, as the servings are very generous. A rarity these days when it comes to fine-dining.
Orange Baileys Creme Brulee with Orange Shortbread and Caramel Gelato
Generous servings aside, this didn't stop the two of us unleashing our sweet tooths on the dessert menu. I selected an option from the specials menu - Orange Baileys Crème Brulee with Orange Shortbread and Caramel Gelato ($12) while my dining partner selected the Chocolate Chip Gooey Date Pudding which came in the most divine butterscotch sauce ($13). As full as we were, I am happy to report both plates were completely cleaned.
We both thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience, and plan to return as soon as we can. While not the cheapest option on Parkyn Parade, Fish on Parkyn certainly offers something special.
Top tips for dining at Fish on Parkyn:
1. Reserve a table ahead of time to avoid disappointment 2. Have a love of seafood. Those with seafood allergies or who aren't fond of it may find the menu limiting 3. There is a kids menu available, and high chairs are also available for family dining. 4. Fish on Parkyn are also available for functions and wedding parties of up to 170