So where are the best restaurants for eating the ocean's gifts? Whether you want to get around a whole mud crab at Mr Wong, try freshly shucked oysters overlooking Blackwattle Bay or be adventurous and try fish offal at Saint Peter, these are the best seafood restaurants in Sydney.
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Sydney's best seafood restaurants
Mud crabs are the new dining status symbol. Forget lobster – either you can afford to shell out on the fleshy crustaceans (that usually go for $140-odd dollars a kilo) or you can’t, but if you can you should treat yourself to one bathed in kombu butter at Merivale's latest luxe pub.
They take oysters so seriously at this waterfront fine diner that they have a menu dedicated to the briny bivalves with up to 15 regional varieties on offer. Seafood dominates the daily menu too, but for mud crab and rock lobster you need to order in advance.
Seafood gets a starring role on the seasonal menu at this elegant restaurant up on Sydney’s northern tip. You can expect prawn-stuffed zucchini flowers and tagliatelle with bugs for entrées, and at least two fish mains like a bass grouper with peas, eggplant and guanciale or the fish of the day.
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When it comes to hot weather outdoor dining, nothing beats golden, fried chips and a piece of fish. But what makes a really excellent fish supper? It's the quality of the batter through to the cut of the chip, the seasonings and sauces – are you for ketchup, vinegar, chicken salt, tartare of straight lemon juice. There’s a lot that goes into getting it just right, so we scoured the city to put together a list of ten the best to help you net the perfect catch.