Grilled snapper, a whole mud crab, garlic prawns, XO pippies, rock lobster, Balmain bugs, or coral trout – Sydney's list of seriously good seafood dishes goes on – here's where to get a taste of them.
Sydney 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.